Rudolph Valentino: The Tragedy Of A Hollywood Icon
He met Blanca de Saulles and they developed a friendship. When she sued her husband Jack for divorce, Valentino testified against him in court. Jack apparently sought revenge, and Valentino was arrested at a brothel, after which he was jailed and taunted in the press; because of the negative publicity, he struggled to find work. Shortly after he was released, Blanca de Saulles shot her husband, and rather than being called in as a witness, Valentino left for the West Coast. In 1917, he found his way to Hollywood and began acting in bit parts, often as the villain. During his career, Valentino faced discrimination, as he had to deal with prejudices against immigrants, and he was denied roles because he was “too foreign” and had to contend with whispers about his sexual orientation.