Virginia Rappe

Virginia Caroline Rappe (July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress.wikipedia
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Roscoe Arbuckle

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She worked mostly in small bit parts, and is best known for her death after attending a party with actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who was accused of complicity in her death, though ultimately exonerated. During a party held on Labor Day, September 5, 1921, in Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's suite, number 1219, at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Rappe allegedly suffered a trauma.
Between November 1921 and April 1922, Arbuckle was the defendant in three widely publicized trials for the rape and manslaughter of actress Virginia Rappe.

The Isle of Love

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Balshofer then hired her again to costar with early drag performer Julian Eltinge and newcomer Rudolph Valentino in Over the Rhine, for which she was awarded the title of "Best Dressed Girl in Pictures".
The film also contained two actors unknown during filming: Virginia Rappe and Rudolph Valentino.

Julian Eltinge

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Balshofer then hired her again to costar with early drag performer Julian Eltinge and newcomer Rudolph Valentino in Over the Rhine, for which she was awarded the title of "Best Dressed Girl in Pictures".
This led to other films, including 1918's The Isle of Love with Rudolph Valentino and Virginia Rappe.

Henry Lehrman

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In 1919, Rappe began a relationship with director/producer Henry Lehrman.
However, he is primarily remembered today not for his own achievements, but for three biographical facts: he had directed Charlie Chaplin's very first film, Making a Living (though Chaplin and he didn't get along); he was notoriously careless of the safety of the actors who worked for him; and he was the lover of the actress Virginia Rappe, for whose death Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, in a highly-publicized series of trials, was accused, and later acquitted, of manslaughter.

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During a party held on Labor Day, September 5, 1921, in Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's suite, number 1219, at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Rappe allegedly suffered a trauma.
One guest was a young actress from Hollywood named Virginia Rappe.

Paradise Garden

The film is based on a novel, Paradise Garden, by George Gibbs and has a feature role for Virginia Rappe, who would soon be more famous for her death under mysterious circumstances that were sensationalized by the media.

List of unsolved deaths

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*List of unsolved deaths
Silent film actress Virginia Rappe (26), was found to have died of peritonitis due to a ruptured bladder following her death on September 9, 1921. While this could have been the result of some of her ongoing health problems, such as cystitis, or complications from a recent abortion (illegal at the time and thus very dangerous), Maude Delmont, an acquaintance, told San Francisco police that star film comedian Fatty Arbuckle had sexually assaulted Rappe during a Labor Day party in his suite at the St. Francis Hotel, another possible cause of the ruptured bladder. Arbuckle was charged with rape and involuntary manslaughter. Delmont did not testify against him at trial due to her criminal background; some prosecution witnesses admitted on the stand they had been pressured to change their testimony, and Arbuckle's defense also brought to light Rappe's health issues and history of promiscuity and alcohol consumption. After two hung juries, he was acquitted; however, his career was effectively ended by the negative publicity the case attracted. Whether Rappe's death was the result of nonconsensual sexual activity is still a matter of historical debate.

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Virginia Caroline Rappe (July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress.

Model (person)

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Virginia Caroline Rappe (July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress.

Silent film

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Virginia Caroline Rappe (July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress.

Actor

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Virginia Caroline Rappe (July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress.

Bit part

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She worked mostly in small bit parts, and is best known for her death after attending a party with actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who was accused of complicity in her death, though ultimately exonerated.

Chicago

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Virginia Caroline Rappe was born in Chicago, Illinois to an unwed mother, Mabel Rappe, who died when Virginia was 11. Virginia was then raised by her grandmother in Chicago.

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Virginia Caroline Rappe was born in Chicago, Illinois to an unwed mother, Mabel Rappe, who died when Virginia was 11. Virginia was then raised by her grandmother in Chicago.

Model (art)

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At age 14, she began working as a commercial and art model.

Los Angeles

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However, shortly after the engagement, Moscovitz was killed in a streetcar accident, whereupon Rappe moved to Los Angeles.

Harold Lockwood

In early 1917, she was hired by director Fred Balshofer and given a prominent role in his film Paradise Garden, opposite popular screen star Harold Lockwood.

Drag (clothing)

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Balshofer then hired her again to costar with early drag performer Julian Eltinge and newcomer Rudolph Valentino in Over the Rhine, for which she was awarded the title of "Best Dressed Girl in Pictures".

Rudolph Valentino

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Balshofer then hired her again to costar with early drag performer Julian Eltinge and newcomer Rudolph Valentino in Over the Rhine, for which she was awarded the title of "Best Dressed Girl in Pictures".

Urinary bladder

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She died on September 9 from a ruptured bladder and secondary peritonitis.

Peritonitis

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She died on September 9 from a ruptured bladder and secondary peritonitis.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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She was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Autopsy

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These rumors were proven false by autopsy.

Sexual assault

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It was alleged that Rappe had died as a result of a violent sexual assault by Arbuckle.