Born 1912 in Barahona, Dominican motion picture actress was spotted by a talent scout while visiting New York. Her first film was The Invisible Woman (1940). It was made for Universal Pictures, who signed her to a long term contract starting at $150 a week.
Montez gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as “The Queen of Technicolor”.
Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and the last five were made in Europe.
The 39-year-old Montez died in Suresnes, France in 1951 after apparently suffering a heart attack and drowning while taking a hot bath.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Maria Montez in the 1940s.