Scandalous Silent Star Spends Last Years in San Antonio

Rudolph Valentino, heart throb of the Roaring Twenties, died unexpectedly on August 23, 1926 from appendicitis complications plunging millions of hysterical women in mourning never before seen in America.

No one took Valentino’s passing as hard as Polish actress Pola Negri, who made such a spectacle of herself at the funeral that it wrecked her film career.  Taken in by an oil heiress in 1957, Negri lived in San Antonio until her death at 90 four decades later.

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