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Movie-A-Day #235: The Sheik (1921).

August 23, 2011

Rudolph Valentino – film’s first great male romantic idol, due mainly to his role in “The Sheik” – died on this day in 1926. It was the first movie star death to shock the world, and every year on the anniversary of his death, a mysterious woman in black would visit his grave (at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery) and leave roses. As the decades passed, other women dressed in black started making visits and now it’s starting to get a little crowded. So, ladies – if any of you are in the Los Angeles area today, you should totally dress up and do it too. Let’s make a flash mob out of it.

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