For a tragically brief time in the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino romanced the world. The “Latin Lover” was one of the biggest stars on the silver screen—and when his life was cut brutally short at the height of his fame, the fallout was legendary. But behind his sad, soulful eyes lurked secrets that were even darker than his infamous end.

1. His Name Was Much Different

Though Valentino is now a one-name wonder, his birth name was more than a mouthful. When the future heartthrob was born on May 6, 1895 in Italy, his parents christened him Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella. Yeah, I can see why the studios went with “Rudolph Valentino” instead.

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