September 19, 1900 – April 28, 1977
Early Hollywood loved its Latin lovers. Rudolph Valentino is the obvious example, but there were many others: Ramon Novarro, Antonio Moreno, Ricardo Cortez...
Well, Cortez wasn't exactly Latin. When rumors started circling that he wasn't, the studios had an explanation: he was French!
Early Hollywood loved its French lovers. Unfortunately, Cortez wasn't French either, so the truth came out: he was Austrian!
Early Hollywood loved its Austrian lovers? Doubtful, and Cortez wasn't Austrian anyway: he was Jacob Krantz, a New York Jew.
Who knows, maybe Rudolph Valentino was really Rueben Volowitz... We wouldn't put that past early Hollywood.
April 14, 2017