A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Valentino's Funeral
September 8, 2009 | 12:00 pm
Sept. 8, 1926: Valentino's funeral, invitation only, Church of the Good Shepherd, Beverly Hills.
|Pola Negri "went to the casket moaning in grief and at times sobbing loudly. She lifted the old rose pall and her flowers upon it and kissed the coffin fervidly and many times. She collapsed. Friends lifted her to a divan, where she recovered shortly.
"When the casket had been placed in the crypt in the mausoleum corridor, Alberto [Guglielmi] stood before the unclosed aperture, head bowed and grief-stricken, a pitiful figure. He leaned toward the casket, touched its end with his forehead, kissed it and turned away. He was the last to touch it. The crypt was closed with a marble panel."