Rudolph Valentino, cinema's first great screen lover
Take a look at Hollywood's first male sex symbol
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Silent movie star Rudolph Valentino was cinema's first great heartthrob. Dubbed the "Latin Lover," the Italian screen actor starred in several highly acclaimed films during the 1920s, including 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' and 'The Sheik.' His handsome looks and playful manner appealed to a legion of female fans, and Valentino was deserving of his title as a Hollywood sex symbol. Ironically, however, it was his untimely death aged just 31 that propelled his status as a cultural film icon.
Click through the following gallery and swoon at the life and career of a poor kid from Italy who found unparalleled fame and success in America.
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