Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hollywood Royalty, Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambovia's home was purchased by Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams and his partner Emery Shaver in the 1930's.

After Rudolph Valentino died in 1926, two of his homes in the Hollywood hills went up for sale. 

One, the famous 4,700 square foot, Falcon Lair, home of Valentino and Natacha Rambova in Benedict Canyon


Rudolph Valentino at his home in Whitley Heights.
and the other in the Whitley Heights section of the Hollywood hills. Valentino lived in this house while he and his fiancee were building Falcon Lair.
Tom Lyle Williams and Emery Shaver on the
 Balcony of the Villa Valentino.
Tom Lyle and Emery with TL's 1934 Packard Victoria
 at the Villa Valentino.

After Valentino’s untimely death, Tom Lyle and Emery rented than bought the home in Whitley Heights...named it The Villa Valentino and concentrated on Maybelline's Advertising...
while brother, Vice President Noel James Williams ran the business at hand for the Maybelline Company in Chicago.
Picture of Tom Lyle Williams from the article
 in Drug Topics Magazine, 1929.
In May of 1929 in one of the few article written about Tom Lyle’s life and his success story came out in a cosmetic journal called the drug topics and portrayed a young entrepreneur’s genius in advertising.

This fascinating period of Hollywood history is featured in The Maybelline Story... buy a signed copy today...

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