Rappe was an obscure 25-year-old starlet from the Silent Screen
era. In 1921, a scandal occurred when she died at a drunken party at
the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Labor Day weekend. Roscoe
"Fatty" Arbuckle was accused of her murder. He was later acquitted.
Body of Virginia Rappe, for whose
murder Roscoe Arbuckle is held in San Francisco, as it arrived in
Los Angeles, September 17, 1921. She is buried in Hollywood Memorial
Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever).
Zey Pyvron-Prevost had at first supported Maude
Delmont in her accusation of Roscoe Arbuckle's murder of Virginia
Rappe. Later she reversed her testimony.
Mrs. Bambina Maude Delmont, who charged Roscoe
with the murder of her friend Virginia Rappe.
Arbuckle was one of the major stars of the silent
screen when he was charged with the rape and resulting death of an
obscure 25-year-old starlet named Virginia Rappe at a
drunken party on Labor Day weekend in 1921. The incident occurred at
the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. When it was all over,
Arbuckle was acquitted in his third trial.
Rappe was best known for appearing on the cover of a sheet
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart."
Three different poses of silent screen star,
Rappe had a bad reputation--four abortions and one birth as a
young teenager. Although Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was accused of
raping and causing her death, it was later thought that she had
arrived at the St. Francis Hotel already injured from an abortion
performed just before she came to San Francisco. She died September
9, 1921. Arbuckle was eventually acquitted of the charges although
his career was over after that ordeal.
Rappe died at a party at San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel.
Rappe arrived at the same hotel where Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
had gone to celebrate the signing of a 3-year contract with
Paramount Pictures for an unheard of $1 million per year. Arbuckle
was accused of murdering her.