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Maria Montez (I) (1912–1951)

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... See full bio »

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Cobra Woman Tollea / Naja
Arabian Nights Sherazade
Sudan Queen Naila


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 1951 Revenge of the Pirates
 1951 Schatten über Neapel
 1951 Amore e sangue
 1950 The Thief of Venice
Tina Pisani
 1949 Portrait d'un assassin
Lucienne de Rinck
 1949 Wicked City
Dolores - l'entraîneuse
 1949 Siren of Atlantis
Queen Antinea
 1947 Pirates of Monterey
Marguerita Novarro
 1947 The Exile
Countess Anbella de Courteuil
 1946 Tangier
 1945 Sudan
Queen Naila
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat
 1944 Cobra Woman
Tollea / Naja
 1944 Follow the Boys
Maria Montez (uncredited)
 1943 White Savage
Princess Tahia
 1942 Arabian Nights
 1942 Pardon My Sarong (scenes deleted)
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
 1942 Bombay Clipper
Sonya Dietrich Landers
 1941 South of Tahiti
 1941 Moonlight in Hawaii
 1941 Raiders of the Desert
 1941 That Night in Rio
 1941 Lucky Devils
Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
 1940 The Invisible Woman
 1940 Boss of Bullion City
Linda Calhoun
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote a novel, "Forever Is a Long Time."

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on her film debut in The Invisible Woman (1940)] When I see myself on the screen, I am so beautiful, I jump for joy! See more »


Female impersonator/"drag queen" Mario Montez (born Rene Rivera) modeled his drag person (and name) on her. See more »


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