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1926. Read the compelling story of how a poor Italian immigrant arrives in America only to become the quintessential Hollywood sex symbol whose legend lives on today. He started out as a taxi dancer, teaching society women how to dance, before beginning his career as a film actor. Valentino landed his first feature in The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. His persona of the smoldering, exotic lover took hold with this film, and later that year with The Son of the Sheik. He made two unfortunate marriages-his first wife was a lesbian and his second a dominating personality who nearly ruined his career. He died an untimely death from blood poisoning after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis at age 31. Contents: Gardener to Sheik; The World Idol; Final Triumph and Death; His Loves; Appearance and Personality; Valentino-The Actor; As Others Saw Him; Volume of Grief; Rest in Peace.