Mona Rico

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Birthday: Jul 15, 1907
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An exotic beauty from Mexico, Mona Rico was reportedly discovered by German director Ernst Lubitsch, who awarded her the role of the mountain girl opposite John Barrymore in Eternal Love (1929). She earned fairly good notices -- although the film itself wasn't much liked -- and was selected as a 1929 WAMPAS Baby Star. Alas, sound was making its debut as well and Photoplay magazine listed Rico among the losers, paraphrasing Mother Goose in a little ditty about her: "Little Miss Starlet, in ermine and scarlet, Getting a thousand a day, Along came the talkies, revealing her squawkies -- And put Miss Starlet Away." Unlike her direct competitors Dolores Del Rio and Lupe Velez, Rico could not survive such lambasting and her subsequent roles were minor. On top of all this, she survived a plane crash -- on her honeymoon, no less -- but required plastic surgery. The union, to "millionaire sportsman" James Groton, lasted little more than a year and the divorce proved messy.

Filmography

MOVIES

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No Score Yet Zorro Rides Again Carmelita 1937
No Score Yet Goin' to Town Dolores Lopez 1935
No Score Yet Thunder Below Pajarita 1932
No Score Yet Eternal Love Pia 1929

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