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Barahona , Dominican Republic
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Cause of Death
Accidental drowning (inside her bathtub (aftermath of a heart attack))
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Maria Montez, also known as The Carribean Cyclone, was born Maria Africa Vidal de Santo Silas, on June 6 1912 in Barahona, Dominican Republic, to a Spanish consul and his wife. After a stint with modeling, she made an attempt at Hollywood. Maria`s unusal beauty landed her a contract in the movie colony. Her first film was as Marie in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN in 1941. Five more movies with five more bit roles followed and the movie moguls decided to do something more with the beautiful Miss Montez. They gave her a sizable role in THE BOSS OF BULLION CITY in 1941. That was followed the next year by ARABIAN NIGHTS. It was these sand and sandal epics of the forties that kept Maria employed and moviegoers enthralled. The US was still trying to get out from under The Great Depression. And they were also tired of the world war that was spreading throughout Europe and Asia. Hollywood turned to fantasy movies for the public. Maria turned out to be immensly popular with the public. Her acting skills may not have been appreciated by some critics, but the public didn`t seem to mind. They liked Maria and the dangers she faced in these cheaply made adventure flicks. Each desert film attracted droves of Montez fans to the box-office. As the Depression eased and the war ended, fans became bored with her films. After her Hollywood career faded, she moved to Europe with her second husband Jean-Pierre Aumont. She appeared in a number of German, French, and Italian productions. Her final film was a German movie entitled SCHATTEN UBER NEAPAL (CAMORRA) in 1951. On September 7 of that year, Maria was discovered dead of a heart attack. She was only 34 and had appeared in only 27 movies. But her legacy lives on in the colorful characterizations that she left on film. She is still a much loved figure in movie history.
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Full Name at Birth
Maria Africa Gracia Vidal
Isidoro Gracia Garcia Vidal
Regla Teresa Maria Vidal
Isidoro Vidal, Aquilino Vidal, Joaquin Vidal, David Vidal, Consuelo Vidal, Luis Vidal, Jaime Vidal
Ada Vidal, Luz Vidal, Teresita Vidal
Ronald Reagan, Joan Bennett
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María África Gracia Vidal (6 June 1912 – 7 September 1951) was a Dominican motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as "The Queen of Technicolor". Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and five in Europe.
Tina Aumont (daughter)
Gracia Vidal de Santos Silas
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