Valentino: A Dream of Desire

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Carroll & Graff, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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In this unique biography of the world’s greatest lover, there is much unpublished material to reveal the real Valentino, a man who was sexually attracted to other men and whose relationships with women brought heartbreak and disaster.

Valentino was far less ashamed of his sexuality than he was afraid of being trapped by the image of his public persona. Yet it was his persistent need to prove his “manhood” that contributed to his early death.

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Acknowledgments ix
The Sanctuary of my Soul
The Power of Gentleness

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\David Bret’s first biography, The Piaf Legend, was published in 1988 to great critical acclaim. Biographies of the French star Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier followed, and Marlene Dietrich, one of his closest friends, was the subject of his fourth book, fully authorised by Marlene and published shortly after her death. Since then he has written successful biographies of Morrissey, Gracie Fields, Freddie Mercury, Tallulah Bankhead, and Maria Callas. David Bret lives in Yorkshire, UK.

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