In the midst of a high powered and problematic love triangle with the actressess Grace Darmond & Alla Nozimova, Jean Actor met and befriended the then-struggling actor Rudolph Valentino at a party, they entered a two-month courtship and married on November 6, 1919. Acker quickly had regrets and locked him out of their hotel bedroom on their wedding night. The marriage was reportedly never consummated.
Acker allegedly then fled the house and ran to Grace Darmond’s apartment, stating that it was her that she loved. (.)
the marriages to Acker and Rambova, as well as the relationship with Pola Negri only serves to add to the suspicion that Valentino was gay and that these were “lavender marriages”, as all have documented lesbian relationships. (.)
After filing for divorce, Valentino did not wait the requisite period for it to be finalized before marrying his second wife, Natacha Rambova, in Mexico, and he was charged with bigamy when the couple returned to the United States. Acker then sued Valentino for the legal right to call herself “Mrs. Rudolph Valentino.” Valentino remained angry with her for several years, but they mended their friendship before his death in 1926. Acker wrote a popular song about him soon after he died called “We Will Meet at the End of the Trail”. (.)
She visited Rudolph Valentino on his death bed and brought him a ruffled white linen bedspread that she had embroidered herself, and a pillow cover with “Rudy” embroidered on each corner. (.)