biographyBorn Maria Africa Gracia Vidal in the Dominican Republic on June 6, 1912, exotic actress Maria Montez was raised in the Canary Islands, where she attended convent school. She came to America in the late 1930s with her first husband, a British Army officer whom she married at age 25. The marriage fizzled soon thereafter, and Montez went to New York to take a modeling job. Her photos came to the attention of several studio executives. She initially signed with RKO, but when the studio declined to pick up her option, Universal Studios put her under contract in 1940.
LEFT: Early 1940s Universal studio photo of Maria Montez. RIGHT: With frequent costar Jon Hall
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Boss of Bullion City (1940)
With Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight in the Universal western Boss of Bullion City
LEFT: With frequent co-star Jon Hall in the Universal actioner Arabian Nights, the first of their six films together. RIGHT: With Sabu
Bombay Clipper (1942)
With William Gargan and Turhan Bey in Universal's mystery Bombay Clipper
White Savage (1943)
LEFT: With Jon Hall in Universal's White Savage. RIGHT: With Sidney Toler
With Turhan Bey in the colorful Universal adventure Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Cobra Woman (1944)
From Universal's Technicolor adventure Cobra Woman. LEFT and CENTER A: Montez as Tollea. CENTER B: With Lon Chaney Jr. and Sabu. RIGHT: With Jon Hall
Again with Turhan Bey in Universal's romantic adventure Sudan
Siren of Atlantis (1949)
later yearsIn July 1943, Montez married French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, but Aumont's service in World War II immediately interrupted the honeymoon. After returning from the war, Aumont returned to making films in America but was unhappy with the types of roles offered to him, so in 1948, Montez, Aumont, and their infant daughter moved to France, where Aumont resumed his career in French films.
With second husband Jean-Pierre Aumont
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The Alice Faye Collection [DVD] DVD
"On the Avenue" (1937) stars Dick Powell as a Broadway impresario who produces a satirical musical starring Alice Faye as "The Richest Girl in the World." When the woman Faye plays appears at the theater outraged, Powell falls for her, setting in motion all sorts of wacky events. Madeleine Carroll and the Ritz Brothers co-star; among the Irving Berlin tunes is "I've Got Love to Keep Me Warm." Four-disc set also includes "Lillian Russell," "The Gang's All Here" (1943) and "That Night in Rio." 6 3/4 hrs. total.
That Night In Rio [DVD](1941) DVD
Lighthearted musical comedy boasts Don Ameche in a dual role as a wealthy Rio De Janeiro baron and his nightclub performer lookalike. When the aristocrat is unavailable for a big deal, the entertainer is enlisted to stand in and hopefully avert a financial disaster. With Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. Features the songs "The Baron Is in Conference," "Chica Chica Boom Chic," "They Met in Rio (A Midnight Serenade)," and more. 91 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; featurette; deleted scene; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Arabian Nights [DVD](1942) DVD
A dazzling spectacle, loosely based on the famous 19th-century fables, focusing on the battle between two brothers over their late father's throne. Evil brother Leif Erickson nearly kills sibling Jon Hall in a fight, but sultry dancing girl Maria Montez nurses the fallen brother back to health. With help from best friend Sabu, an aging Sinbad (Shemp Howard) and Aladdin (John Qualen), Hall sets out to regain his rightful position. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailer.
Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves [DVD](1944) DVD
Lavish adventure starring Jon Hall as the title character, the son of the murdered Caliph of Baghdad who is adopted by a band of thieves opposing an evil Mongol leader. Ali falls in love with the beautiful daughter (Maria Montez) of the tyrant's traitorous advisor, while trying to regain his father's throne and the empire's fortunes. With Turhan Bey, Kurt Katch, Andy Devine. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
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City of Violence (1951)
Revenge of the Pirates (1951)
The Thief of Venice (1950)
Portrait of an Assassin (1949) with Erich von Stroheim
Wicked City (1948) with Jean-Pierre Aumont and Lilli Palmer
Siren of Atlantis (1948) with Jean-Pierre Aumont
The Exile (1947) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Pirates of Monterey (1947) with Gilbert Roland
Tangier (1946) with Sabu and Louise Allbritton
Sudan (1945) with Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, and Andy Devine
Gypsy Wildcat (1944) with Jon Hall
Cobra Woman (1944) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Lon Chaney Jr.
Follow the Boys (1944)
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) with Jon Hall and Turhan Bey
Bowery to Broadway (1944) with Turhan Bey and Jack Oakie
White Savage (1943) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Turhan Bey
Arabian Nights (1942) with Jon Hall, Sabu, and Turhan Bey
Mystery of Marie Roget (1942) with Maria Ouspenskaya and Patric Knowles
Bombay Clipper (1942) with William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Lloyd Corrigan, and Turhan Bey
South of Tahiti (1941) with Brian Donlevy and Broderick Crawford
Lucky Devils (1941) with Richard Arlen and Andy Devine
That Night in Rio (1941) with Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Carmen Miranda
Boss of Bullion City (1941) with Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight
Moonlight in Hawaii (1941) with Jane Frazee and Leon Errol
Raiders of the Desert (1941) with Richard Arlen and Turhan Bey
The Invisible Woman (1940) with Virginia Bruce and John Barrymore
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