Each “American Horror Story: Hotel” guest has been getting a chance to share their story with the audience. And the Countess (Lady Gaga) just got her turn. She wasn’t always a distant and aloof presence — once she was an innocent young chorus girl seduced by real-world movie star Valentino.
The actual Rudolph Valentino does look uncommonly like Finn Wittrock, who takes a second role (after being killed as Tristan in the Nov. 11 episode) to play the Italian actor. And his onscreen wife, played by Alexandra Daddario, is like a composite of his two brides.
Jean Acker was a rumored lesbian who divorced Valentino after a short marriage. Natacha Rambova had a closer relationship with the actor, and was a costume designer with Daddario’s ornate style.
In real life, Valentino died young, at only 31, after falling into a coma from a stomach condition. On the show, Valentino fakes his death and transforms himself into an immortal with the help of real German director F.W. Murnau, who made the first ever vampire film: “Nosferatu.”
In “AHS: Hotel,” Murnau gets the honor of also being the first ever vampire, after he brought “the virus” to Hollywood and infects
The star of “Nosferatu,” Max Schreck, is also namedropped, though only as a comparison of how beautiful the real vampires are in “AHS” versus the hideous creature portrayed on screen.
However, on “AHS,” Valentino and his bride are subject to a far worse fate than an untimely death: being bricked into the Hotel Cortez by a jealous J.P. March (Evan Peters), who wants the Countess all to himself.
But March isn’t going to have his way for much longer. Not only does the Countess intend to marry Will Drake for his money — and have a vengeful Ramona Royale, Iris, Donovan, and potentially Liz Taylor all after her — but Valentino and his bride escaped from their hotel prison … with the intention of taking back what they perceive as rightfully theirs.