Thursday, July 22, 2010

Porfirio Rubirosa: International Playboy & Style Icon

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Porfirio Rubirosa was a Domican diplomat, race car driver, polo player & so much more. He is most well known, however, for being an international playboy. He was married five times. Two of his wives were among the wealthiest women in the world, Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton. His last marriage was at the age of 47 to a 19 year old French actress.


His lovers included Marilyn Monroe, Eartha Kitt, Kim Novak, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Jayne Mansfield, Veronica Lake & Eva Peron. This Latin lothario was definitely quite the ladies man. While he never bragged about being well endowed, stories circulated out from his many lovers. It became legend.

His goal in life was never to make money, but to spend it. He did live quite the jet set lifestyle. He truly lived life to the fullest. Besides living quite the adventurous lifestyle in and out of the bedroom, Rubirosa was known as a style icon. His Latin blood and living in the Riviera influenced his particular style. He usually wore three-piece suits of the best quality, usually with double-breasted jackets. His style was "cool confidence."

Rubirosa was killed in the early hours of July 5, 1965 after his Ferrari crashed into some trees. He had been out all night partying in Paris to celebrate winning the Coupe de France polo cup. He was only 56.

His life has inspired characters in books, musicals & movies. There has been a rumor of a film about his life starring Antonio Banderas. Whether you approve of the life Rubirosa lived or not, he was loved by women and admired by men. He truly lived life on his own terms.


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54 comments:

janettaylor said...

Gorgeous - no doubt!

jemina said...

He was so handsome, swoon swoon swooooooooooonnnnnnn!!! xoxo

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Trained diplomats are always good at polo and smart conversation since they are taught it all at diplomatic school. He's positively handsome looking. What a man!;-)

Holly said...

Such style. Who could play him in a movie? Maybe Leo. You must see him in Inception!

Laura Tenshi said...

Wow, he sure dated A-list women. I am sure he was charming and could win a women's heart just the way he won those car races. I was shocked to see the name of the former Argentinean first lady on that list. Anyway, tragic end...

Miss*Kimmy said...

I love all the pics of you find of the classic style icons.

Lee Oliveira said...

I like this story of him. Oh, and how cliche to crash his ferrari into a tree after partying in Paris.

LOx

Stacey said...

Well, i'm sure happy you stopped by and commented on my blog( and a fellow resident of NC as well!). I love your photos of fashionably attired men who are a treat for the eyes:-). I'm sure we'll be "seeing" more of each other.

Vintage Vixen said...

What a handsome man and such a glmorous, short life. Thanks for introducing him into my life, I now envisage hours of internet research to find out more. xx

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Erika said...

What a dapper individual; j'adore his style!! :)

simplychic said...

i enjoyed reading abt him! he's like a modern day gold digger, except he's a man! love it! lol. he's definitely very chic!

ellie said...

I love your commentary about him. Great pics too. Its good to hear from you. Hope you have a fab weekend.

Tere said...

i understand that you dont want to participate in my giveaway hehe.

but in the future i will give a present for women a men!

very kisses darling!

prettyneons said...

wow I can't believe I've not catched your blog before. It's such a great read I really really like it.
peace
prettyneons

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Que me gustan las cosillas que nos dejas en tu espacio. Siempre un placer pasar por aquí.


Saludos y un abrazo.

Mode Coco said...

So fab:)

KIRAFASHION said...

He is very elegant Keith! And he is also always with great women!

fantastic!!!

(always)alanna said...

gorgeouss! lovee these photos- classical things just melt my heart :)
thanks for sharing!

Midtown Girl said...

MY gosh I LOVE the preppy looks here - the polo looks are TDF!!

lorenabr said...

Love the style :)

Kimmy said...

I certainly remember the gossip surrounding Mr. Rubirosa, from being more than well endowed to marrying for money, quite the character he was.
I felt most sorry for Doris Duke when she married him, for some reason I knew that was not going to last.
Love the clothing and his obvious sense of classic Italian style..very informative post Keith!
Have a lovely evening, cheers.

clarabelleblog.com said...

What a dapper guy! I love the photo of them dancing!

Jesson And Rey Ann said...

great old fashion...

Allison said...

I hadn't ever heard of Rubirosa before, but I can definitely understand why he was such a big deal - he's a very good looking and well dressed! Great post, Keith! :)

Savvy Gal said...

He is very stylish.

Lannie said...

i like this post! never heard of him, but reminds me of plenty of movie roles that were probably based on him. such an envious lifestyle.

NENSA MOON said...

Mmm...his life's story just like in the movie...

thanks for the nice post!!
nensa

yyam said...

Dashing! I must say I always learn something new on your blog!

FashionJazz said...

He was soo good looking and I love his style : ) Happy friday xxx

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astheroshe said...

Thanks for sharing...""live hard..die young"" what a shame:(

Zuzana said...

I have never heard of him thus I so enjoyed reading your post today. I am always impressed by your knowledge in this department.
Lovely pictures as well, what a truly good looking man indeed.;))
xoxo

THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said...

gorgeous post...absolutely love pictures

My Republic of Fashion said...

This is such a fantastic post, so informative. Very handsome!:)sarahD

Bob G. said...

Keith:
Geez...he got around a lot more than even Fernando Lamas once did...amazing!

Good post.

Have a great weekend.
Stay cool!

Marian said...

what an incredible post on an interesting profile.
have a good weekend
xoxo
marian.

Moonlight Serenade said...

Love your blog :) Have a great weekend

Nasan Faris Naufal said...

loves it!

rouli said...

omg! amazin style !!!!

the lady esp is stunnin!

lovely furs!!!!!!

have the best summertime ever keith!

kiss

www.thebeautifulandthehard.blogspot.com

martis said...

He coulda be a style teacher (:

Audrey Allure said...

So stylish!

Cheryl Lynn said...

Wow! Obviously very handsome and debonair. Stylish indeed.

Fabulous post!

TheGreatWhiteDope said...

Keith:

Long time-reader, first-time poster: a very good read on this - Porfirio sounds like an interesting chap, no doubt there.

I hope you don;t mind, but in honor of such good and insightful writing, I have given you an award - please visit my blog to read more (don't worry; there's no viruses or blue screens of death here):

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- TGWD

They call me Cee. said...

He was, cool. no kidding. :)

Diva said...

We say that a picture sas a thousand words, but then again it doesnt say it all does it... Here is this welldressed, but not super dashing, looking man who gets all these women and I´m thinking - what did he sound like, how did he look at and touch women etc ;)

Winnie said...

Oh he certainly dressed well! Thanks so much for your response to my questions on the blog- they were such an interesting read!

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Jen said...

Those sure were the days, weren't they??

xo

Jen said...

Those sure were the days, weren't they??

xo

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