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First Name
Maria

Last Name
Montez

Birthday
1912-06-06

Height
67

Build
Slim

Eye Color
Brown - Dark

Hair Color
Brown - Light

Birthplace
Barahona, Barahona, Dominican Republic

Zodiac Sign
Gemini

Died
1951-09-07

Place of Death
Suresnes, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France

Cause of Death
Accidental drowning (inside her bathtub (aftermath of a heart attack))

Ethnicity
White

Claim to Fame
Arabian Nights

Nationality
Dominican

Gender
Female

Profile Bio Text
Family Members: Spouse: Jean-Pierre Aumont 1911–2001 Children: Tina Aumont 1946–2006 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.

Couple Profile Source
www.imdb.com/name/nm0599688/bio

Full Name at Birth
Maria Africa Gracia Vidal de Santo Silas

Weight
122

Father
Isidoro Gracia Garcia Vidal

Mother
Regla Teresa Maria Vidal

Brother
Isidoro Vidal, Aquilino Vidal, Joaquin Vidal, David Vidal, Consuelo Vidal, Luis Vidal, Jaime Vidal

Sister
Ada Vidal, Luz Vidal, Teresita Vidal

Friend
Ronald Reagan, Joan Bennett

Associated People
Jon Hall

Film Role
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack

Has Detailed Data (New)
1

Age
39

Wikipedia Text

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.


Family Member
Tina Aumont (daughter)

Year(s) Active
1940-1951

Occupation Text
Actress

Maiden Name
Gracia Vidal de Santos Silas

Couple Profile Source
www.findagrave.com/memorial/6448, www.nndb.com/people/883/000136475/, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montez

Wiki Bio Text
==Maria Montez== Actress - ===Born=== June 6, 1912 in Barahona, Dominican Republic ===Died=== September 7, 1951 in Paris, France (drowned) ===Birth Name=== Maria Africa Antonia Gracia Vidal de Santo Silas ===Nicknames=== The Queen of Technicolor, The Caribbean Cyclone ===Height=== 5' 7" (1.7 m) ===Mini Bio (2)=== In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing such films. We know about the monster movies: wolf men, invisible men -- and invisible women too, for that matter. We know about Sherlock Holmes chasing not killer hounds in 1890 but chasing killer Nazis a half- century later. Such were among typical Universal "B" productions. Enter Maria de Santo Silas -- Maria Montez. This daughter of a Spanish diplomat traveled extensively after being educated in the Canary Islands and attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to establish herself as a stage actress in Europe. In 1940 she found herself in New York City, a model. Her screen career began in 1941, with Universal casting her in bit parts. On account of her strikingly exotic looks and her exotic accent, the studio soon paired her with other "exotics" (Sabu and Turhan Bey), and usually with a more "home-style" hero (Jon Hall), in a series of low-budget adventures, filmed in Technicolor and situated in fantasy lands, with Montez herself often situated in revealing dress. With Montez threatened by all manner of nastiness -- from evil caliphs to man-eating sharks to her own cobra-worshipping twin sister (!) -- her pictures soon became immensely popular, even though she could not really act, could not dance and could not sing. Audiences flocked to see her films, just to witness the trials and endurance of an alluring beauty in distress (as well, perhaps, as to glimpse some scantily clad, beauteous flesh). The Depression having long since passed, the end of World War II meant also the end of flying carpets and sand dunes and deadly reptiles as potential subjects for attracting moviegoers. That bit of history, plus a bit of girth added to Montez's frame, led her and her husband, the actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, to abandon Hollywood for Europe, where she would appear in a handful of French and Italian adventure films. On 7 September 1951 Maria Montez was discovered drowned in her bath, possibly having first suffered a heart attack. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs ===Maria Montez===, also known as The Caribbean Cyclone, was born Maria Africa Vidal de Santo Silas, on June 6, 1917, in Barahona, Dominican Republic, to a Spanish consul and his wife. After a stint in modeling, she made an attempt at Hollywood. Maria's exotic beauty landed her a contract in the movie colony. Her first film was as Marie in The Invisible Woman (1940). Five more movies with five more bit roles followed until the Hollywood brass decided to do something more with the beautiful Miss Montez. They gave her a sizable role in 1941's Boss of Bullion City (1940). That was followed the next year by a bit more substantial role in Arabian Nights (1942). It was these sand-and-sandal epics of the 1940s that kept Maria employed and moviegoers enthralled. The US was still trying to get out from under The Great Depression, and the public was weary of the war that was spreading throughout Europe and Asia. Hollywood turned to fantasy films, and Maria was just what audiences were looking for. She was immensely 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 but colorful adventure flicks. Each desert film attracted droves of Montez fans to the box-office. As the Depression eased and the war ended, however, fans became bored with her films. After her Hollywood career faded, she moved to Europe with her second husband, actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. She appeared in a number of German, French and Italian productions. Her final film was a German movie entitled Schatten über Neapel (1951) (aka "Camorra"). On September 7 of that year, Maria was discovered dead of a heart attack. She was only 39 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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson ===Spouse (2)=== [[Jean-Pierre Aumont]] (13 July 1943 - 7 September 1951) ( her death) ( 1 child) [[William McFeeters]] (28 November 1932 - 1939) ===Trivia (19)===

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