Valentino

Valentino

[val-uhn-tee-noh]
Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926, American film actor, b. Italy as Rodolfo Guglielmi. He emigrated to the United States in 1913 and, after a brief career as a dancer and bit player, was an instant success in the film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), largely due to a steamy tango scene. His fame, the effect of his exotic good looks, and his ability to provoke a kind of sexual hysteria in his many fans increased greatly with the release of The Sheik in 1921. Subsequent hits included Blood and Sand (1922), Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), and The Son of the Sheik (1926), his last film. By the year of his death, Valentino, the movies' first "Latin lover" and premier sex symbol, had become the idol of millions. Valentino's screen personality and his early death, both surrounded by mystery, made him a cult figure.

See biographies by A. Arnold (1954), R. Oberfirst (1962), and E. W. Leider (2003).

Valentino's is a regional Italian restaurant chain based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Valentino's was founded by Val and Zena Weiler in 1957. The restaurant was purchased by two Lincoln families in 1971 and began franchising additional locations. The first carry-out store opened in 1990, and many of the full-scale restaurants converted to the “Grand Italian Buffet” concept in the early-2000s. In Lincoln, as well as other cities it is located in, Valentino's has won numerous city awards such as "Best Pizza", etc.

As of 2005, Valentino's has 41 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

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