Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria: The Life and Afterlife of Rudolph Valentino
By Ilija Sekulovski
"The Life and Afterlife of Rudolph Valentino"
Rudolph Valentino was the first "Latin Lover" of the silent movies in the 1920s. He filmed many iconic pictures of the time including The Sheik, Beyond the Rocks, Blood and Sand, and Monsieur Beaucaire, which was filmed here in Astoria. He stirred up controversy in his life and his after-life. His sudden death at the tender of 31 in Manhattan was a huge shock for his fans, many who lined the streets of New York to view his body at Frank Campbell's Funeral Home. Many claimed to see his ghost, even here in Astoria. Learn all about the life and afterlife of this complex and fascinating film star at this illustrated lecture from tour guide, writer and Astoria resident, Marie Carter.
About your lecturer:
Marie Carter grew up in Scotland near Edinburgh, a city bubbling with ghost stories. Her father was a bus tour guide in Edinburgh and he would often drive her around town quizzing her on historical facts. She now lives in Astoria, Queens and is a tour guide for Boroughs of the Dead. She created and leads the tour "Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria." She’s the author of The Trapeze Diaries and the editor Word Jig: New Fiction from Scotland.
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