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Maria Montez

Maria Montez

Female 1912 - 1951  (39 years)

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  • Name Maria Montez 
    Born 6 Jun 1912  Dominican Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Biography Born María África Gracia Vidal in Barahona, Dominican Republic, she was the second daughter of ten children. At a young age, she taught herself to speak English and in 1932, she married William McFeeters, an American banker working in her seaside home town of Barahona.
    Her marriage lasted several years but in 1939 she ended up in New York City where her exotic looks landed her a job as a model. Determined to become a stage actress, she hired an agent and created a résumé that made her several years younger by listing her birth as 1917 in some instances and 1918 in others. Eventually she accepted an offer from Universal Pictures, making her film debut in a Johnny Mack Brown B western, Boss of Bullion City.
    Her Latin beauty soon made her the centerpiece of Universal's Technicolor costume adventures, notably the six in which she was teamed with Jon Hall — Arabian Nights (1942), White Savage (1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944), Cobra Woman (1944), Gypsy Wildcat (1944), and Sudan (1945). Montez also appeared in the Technicolor western Pirates of Monterey (1947) with Rod Cameron and the sepia-toned swashbuckler The Exile (1948), directed by Max Ophuls and starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
    While working in Hollywood, she met and married French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, who had to leave a few days after their wedding to serve in the Free French Forces fighting against Nazi Germany in the European Theatre of World War II. At the end of World War II, the couple had a daughter, Maria Christina (also known as Tina Aumont), born in Hollywood in 1946. They then moved to a home in Suresnes, Île-de-France in the eastern suburb of Paris under the French Fourth Republic. There, Maria Montez appeared in several films and a play written by her husband. She also wrote three books, two of which were published, as well as penning a number of poems.

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    Death
    The 39-year-old Montez died in Paris, France on September 7, 1951 after apparently suffering a heart attack and drowning in her bath.[1] She was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris where her tombstone displays her theatrical year of birth, 1918.

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    Legacy
    Shortly after her death, a street in the city of Barahona, Montez's birthplace, was named in her honor.[1]
    In 1996, the city of Barahona opened the Aeropuerto Internacional María Montez (María Montez International Airport) in her honor.[2]

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    Filmography  [1
    Occupation Actress 
    Residence Dominican Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Suresnes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Sep 1951  Suresnes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8425  Blank Family
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2010 

    Family Jean-Pierre Philippe Aumont,   b. 5 Jan 1911, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 2001, Gassin, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1943  Hollywood, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maria Christina Tina Aumont,   b. 14 Feb 1946, Hollywood, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 2006, Port-Vendres, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F5971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jun 1912 - Dominican Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Dominican Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Suresnes, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Jul 1943 - Hollywood, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Sep 1951 - Suresnes, France Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Jean-Pierre Aumont & Maria Montez Wedding
    Jean-Pierre Aumont & Maria Montez Wedding
    Maria Montez
    Maria Montez

    Headstones
    Headstone of Maria Montez
    Headstone of Maria Montez

  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.


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