Natacha Rambova: Woman Or Artist

Natacha Rambova Cameo

An Independent Spirit

Natacha Rambova, born Winifred Shaughnessy, was a dancer as well as a costume and set designer. She had an established career in Hollywood before becoming the wife and business partner of Rudolph Valentino.

Natacha Rambova and Rudolph Valentino

Rambova's marriage to Valentino, while initially collaborative and creative, became mired in conflict when she was perceived by Valentino's fans as a threat to his masculinity. Once described as "beautiful and ambitious", she was now reviled as "exotic and dangerous." Valentino laughed off their divorce with quips about her refusal to do housework. 

Natacha Rambova: Woman Or Artist