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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Natacha Rambova

Throwback Thursday and Natacha Rambova

Her real name was Winifred Hudnut, or Winifred Shawnessy (depending on the source), but she took Natacha Rambova as her stage name. She was born in Utah on January 19, 1897. She began her career as a dancer for Russian choreographer Theodore Kosloff in New York.

She was sometimes described as the “most exotic woman in the whole world” . Rambova designed her own ballet costumes, and went on to become a costume designer for Cecil B. DeMille.

But she is probably best known as the wife of screen legend, Rudolf Valentino, although their marriage lasted less than three years. But during this time they made seven films together. She also managed Valentino’s career and negotiated his contracts.

A woman ahead of her time, Rambova was also a playwright, set designer, actress, producer and a spiritualist who was fascinated by Egyptology.

Rambova died of scleroderma at age 69 on June 5, 1966.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #133:
“Natacha Rambova was a dancer and the wife of Rudolf Valentino.”

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“Fame is like a giant X-Ray. Once you are exposed beneath it, the very beatings of your heart are shown to a gaping world.”
- Natacha Rambova

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