Dolores del Río
August 3, 1905– April 11, 1983 Born in Durango, Mexico Widely hailed as one of the most spectacular appeals of early Hollywood, María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete nevertheless had a profession complete of difficulties and problems, however ultimately shines through as a true artist with a deep sense of social responsibility. Raised in the bosom of a stylish household that thrived under the controversial federal government of Porfirio Díaz, Dolores was discovered by American film director Edwin Carewe while dancing tango at a dinner celebration. After a string of early box workplace strikes throughout the silent period, del Río transitioned seamlessly into sound movie, acting in a number of highly successful features such as Bird of Paradise, directed by King Vidor, and Flying Down to Río, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. By the late 1930’s, changing tastes in Hollywood led del Río to reconnect with her native Mexico, where she started a far more artistically-oriented phase of her profession throughout the 1940s. In her personal life, del Río is known for her charity work and advocacy, consisting of the founding of a variety of philanthropic societies and cultural organizations.Lupe Vélez
July 18, 1908– December 13, 1944
Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico
“Miss Hot Tamale,” “Miss Chile Picante,” Lupe Vélez was a force of nature understood for her outsized personality and psychological volatility (she obviously shot at her lover Gary Cooper in a criminal activity of enthusiasm, among other salacious anecdotes), along with her contempt for her prim and proper competitor, Dolores del Río. Like del Río, Lupe Vélez was born into a comfortable family that thrived under the Porfiriato, and was educated for a time in the United States. When the transformation changed her family’s fortunes, she transferred to Mexico City and started working as a vaudeville entertainer. After being presented to actor Richard Bennet, Vélez made her method to Los Angeles where she acted in a series of films that solidified her brash, outspoken, comedic personality. Amongst her most successful works was the 1939 funny Mexican Spitfire with Leon Errol, a movie which ultimately provided method to a variety of extremely effective sequels. Vélez unfortunately took her life in 1944, at the age of 36.
February 9, 1909– August 5, 1955 Born in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
You do not have to understand her films to recognize the oversized fruit turbans and gaudy dresses of “Miss Chiquita Banana” herself, Carmen Miranda. Raised in Rio de Janeiro from the time she was an infant, Miranda initially made her career as an immensely popular vocalist in her native Brazil, where she became totally associated with the increase of Samba. It wasn’t until the late 30s that she captured the attention of Broadway impresario Lee Shubert, who invited her to carry out in his summer season musical, The Streets of Paris. After a year on Broadway, Miranda starred in her very first movie, The Argentine Method, which unlocked for a prospering career on both phase and screen. By the late 40s, Miranda’s star started to fade and she ultimately died of a cardiovascular disease at the age of 46, after having a hard time for many years with alcohol addiction and drug abuse. While she continues to be the item of criticism for playing homogenized, stereotyped Latin functions, Miranda is likewise credited with bringing generally marginalized, African elements of Brazilian society into popular culture.María Montez
June 6, 1912– September 7, 1951
Born in Barahona, Dominican Republic
“The Queen of Technicolor”, María Montez was the Dominican-bred daughter of the Spanish consul to the Dominican Republic. After transferring to New York in 1930, Montez started a profession modeling and acting for the stage before ultimately accepting an agreement from Universal Pictures which led her to figure prominently in the swashbuckling adventure movies of the 1940’s, dealing with world-renowned directors such as Max Ophüls in The Exile, and acting together with the likes of John Hall and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. When her career began to stall in the early 50’s, Montez relocated to Paris with her husband, French star Jean-Pierre Aumont, where she continued acting in local film productions and devoted herself to composing poetry. She died unfortunately at the age of 39, when a heart attack led her to drown in her bathtub.
December 11, 1931– Born
in Humacao, Puerto Rico
You understand Rita Moreno. The Puerto Rican-born, New York-raised starlet, singer, and dancer is among twelve elite artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award (EGOT.) That’s huge. Starting her career on Broadway at the age of 13, Moreno had supporting roles in classics of 1950s Hollywood like Singin’ in the Rain and The King and I, but it was her role as Anita in 1961’s West Side Story that solidified her throne in the pantheon of American performers. In spite of her critical recognition, Moreno has been outspoken about her battle with stereotypical Latina functions, something which never ever prevented her from giving her all. At 83, Moreno’s career is still going strong, with recent functions in the animated-feature Rio 2 and the TELEVISION Land comedy, Happily Separated.
March is Women’s History Month and we chose to begin the event with a tribute to the strong, gifted, and gorgeous Latin American women who were representing on the silver screen long before Salma Hayek and J. Lo brought their sabor Latino to a generation of cheesy romantic comedies.More than simple footnotes in some movie history text, these women were trendsetters whose names and likenesses are practically synonymous with the history of timeless Hollywood. Regardless of sensational looks, their stunning faces belied a depth of skill not just as actresses, vocalists, and dancers, but ultimately as humans. Together, they created a picture of Latin American females as strong-willed, ebullient, and unapologetic and to this day they are kept in mind as icons of American culture.Here we have a look back at their lives and legacies.