RAMON NOVARRO PORTRAIT (1924)

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RAMON NOVARRO

Novarro was born in Durango, Mexico. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1913 to flee from the Mexican Revolution. He entered silent films in 1917, first in bit parts. By the mid-1920’s, with the death of Valentino, he was acclaimed as the screen’s leading “Latin lover.” His popularity waned by the mid-1930’s, when MGM did not renew his contract. Novarro was a closeted gay, and he refused Mayer’s request to enter into a sham, so-called “lavender marriage,” which was almost certainly one factor in the effective end of his career.

RAMON NOVARRO PORTRAIT (1924)

Vintage original MGM 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) photo, USA. Studio printed text on back; a few marginal tears mended on verso, very good.

Novarro was born in Durango, Mexico. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1913 to flee from the Mexican Revolution. He entered silent films in 1917, first in bit parts. By the mid-1920’s, with the death of Valentino, he was acclaimed as the screen’s leading “Latin lover.” His popularity waned by the mid-1930’s, when MGM did not renew his contract. Novarro was a closeted gay, and he refused Mayer’s request to enter into a sham, so-called “lavender marriage,” which was almost certainly one factor in the effective end of his career.

Profile shot of the handsome star. Coded RN-33. Text refers to Novarro’s upcoming THE RED LILY, and to his success in getting the highly coveted part of BEN-HUR, which would be released in 1925.

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