Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895--August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor, known simply as 'Valentino' and also an early pop icon. A sex symbol of the 1920s, Valentino was known as the 'Latin Lover'. He starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik. He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his death. His sudden death at age 31 caused mass hysteria among his female fans, further propelling him into icon status. Valentino was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina D'Antonguolla in Castellaneta, Puglia, Kingdom of Italy. His mother, Marie Berta Gabrielle (nee Barbin; 1856a__1919), was French, born in Lure in Lorraine.
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