Maria Montez

Maria Montez

Highest Rated: 100% Cobra Woman (1944)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Invisible Woman (1940)

Birthday: Jun 6, 1912

Birthplace: Not Available

Just another attractive contract ingenue at Universal studios in the early '40s, Maria Montez seemed destined for obscurity until she reinvented herself. Carefully recultivating the Spanish accent she'd lost after moving to America (she was the daughter of a Dominican Republic diplomat) and decking herself out in jewels, exotic costumes and a loyal retinue, Montez became the exotic, tempestuous Latino leading lady of many a Technicolor escapist epic. Though her acting was not precisely Oscar calibre, Maria convincing portrayed haughty Arabian princesses, jungle goddesses and highborn gypsies in such delightful nonsense as Arabian Nights (1942), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1942), Cobra Woman (1944) and Gypsy Wildcat (1945). Her most frequent costar was Jon Hall, who some critics claimed was prettier and better built than she was. A 24-hour-a-day star, Ms. Montez was famous for her spectacular entrances at nightclubs and social functions; once, when her arrival at the Universal commissary failed to attract notice, she turned her heel and left the room, returning moments later with a huge entourage and accompanying loud noises. Her career faded out when the sort of lavishly silly movies in which she specialized were reduced to B-pictures in the late '40s, though she continued to work in European films. The victim of an erratic heart, Maria Montez suffered a coronary and drowned in the bathtub of her Paris mansion in 1951.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tangier Actor 2012
No Score Yet Valdez Is Coming Anita 1971
No Score Yet Portrait of an Assassin Catherine 1949
No Score Yet Siren of Atlantis Queen Antinea 1948
No Score Yet The Exile Countess Anbella de Courteuil 1947
100% Cobra Woman Tollea / Naja 1944
No Score Yet Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Amara 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Herself 1944
No Score Yet White Savage (White Captive) Princess Tahia 1943
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget Marie Roget 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Scheherazade 1942
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Inez 1941
No Score Yet Boss of Bullion City Linda Calhoun 1941
67% The Invisible Woman Marie 1940


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