Nita Naldi

Nita Naldi

For the last 2 decades of her life, Nita Naldi lived in a room at the Wentworth Hotel on West 46th St. in New York City.

Had a fake Italian ancestry story cooked up by press agents, much like Theda Bara's Egyptian childhood story.

In 2009, the first in-depth biography of Nita was written by Hala Pickford in, "Rudolph Valentino: A Wife's Memories of an Icon by Natacha Rambova".

The press thought Naldi had gained too much weight before she started filming "A Sainted Devil". Naldi claimed to lose 23lbs and the critics backed off. However as her weight fluctuated over the years the press was extremely harsh, claiming she weighed 210lbs in 1941.

Was considered Theda Bara's successor.

Was considered the female Valentino.