Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

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Jan. 19

Natacha Rambova was born Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy on this day (1897). Wife of silent film star Rudolph Valentino, Egyptologist, Hollywood costume designer, dancer, Rambova once held a séance in the Tabernacle on Temple Square with her cousin Edward P. Kimball playing on the organ. Her guest, George Wehner, a "spiritualist" wrote that he beheld a vision, "I saw the whole interior of the Tabernacle shimmering in a glorious blaze of golden light, in the midst of which appeared in the air above the organ, the figure of a young man in blue robes holding a long trumpet of gold. From my clairvoyant description of this radiant being my friends recognized the spirit as that of the Angel Moroni…who led his people across the plains and deserts to ultimate safey…as a beacon light of faith and love.’" "Madame Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha Rambova" by Michael Morris, pp. 195-196.

Glen Nelson