Born 1911 as Concepción Andrés Picado in San Sebastian, Spanish model, dancer and actress Conchita Montenegro first worked professionally as a model for the famous painter Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta. During her childhood, she learned classical and Spanish dance. She was credited with revolutionizing the presentation of Spanish dances.
Montenegro turned from dancing to dramatic acting and starred in numerous productions. She attained theatrical fame in Hollywood, France, and Germany by the time she was thirteen years old. At the age of sixteen, she starred in the French film La Femme et le pantin (1928).
Came to Hollywood in June 1930 with a contract at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Montenegro played the leading female part of Tamea Larrieau in Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931). She had been cast in special Spanish-language versions of MGM movies as Call of the Flesh and Love in Every Port (both 1930).
Montenegro’s movie career in America continued until 1940. That year she performed the leading female part in Eternal Melodies (Melodie eterne), an Italian production. Montenegro retired from the cinema after filming several movies in Spain with the last of which was Lola Montes (1944).
Montenegro died in Madrid in 2007, aged 95.