By David Wallace
This day, Palm Springs' gay-owned companies are flourishing, or even the Palm Springs artwork Museum cashes in by way of website hosting homosexual fundraising occasions. rather a metamorphosis from the Sixties, whilst a neighborhood pastor used to be run out of city while it was once stumbled on that he used to be homosexual. yet something remains to be lacking from Palm Springs—a background of the city's transformation from a wintry weather kin hotel city right into a year-round, world-famous homosexual vacation spot.
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All this would change when a friend—who may have been a customer, since Valentino was said to be picking up spending 40 A City Comes Out money as a male hustler—was struck by the handsome youth’s appearance and suggested that he go into movies. Valentino hopped the first train west, which also happened to be the train carrying the cast and company of the Broadway show The Passing Crowd to Los Angeles; its star, Al Jolson, would, less than a decade later, become the first famous voice of sound films.
She was also the niece of an American ambassador to Russia in the early years of the twentieth century (it’s intriguing to speculate on whether she would have known Rose Dougan’s aristocratic Russian companion, Baroness Vera von Blumenfeld), and was a patron of the arts (she once danced with Chicago’s Russian Ballet). Not surprisingly, since she shopped for her clothes more or less exclusively in the Paris salons of Worth, who was then society’s top designer, as well as those of Lanvin and Molyneux, she was once voted the best-dressed woman in her hometown.
Valentino needed her common sense to help run his career, and she loved his physicality (“Rudy looks best when he’s naked,” she said) and his growing celebrity. The only problem with the couple’s May 1922 wedding in Mexicali, Mexico—accompanied by Ivano and Nazimova, a string quartet and a military band they picked up somewhere along the way—was that his divorce from Acker hadn’t been finalized. A week later Rudy, as everyone called him, pled guilty to bigamy in a Los Angeles court. Since it was the weekend and the banks were closed, he couldn’t raise the $10,000 bail, so the great Rudolph Valentino was thrown in jail like a common criminal.
A City Comes Out: The Gay and Lesbian History of Palm Springs by David Wallace