BORN 6 Jun 1917, Barahona - DIED 7 Sep 1951, Paris|
REAL NAME Vidal de Santo Silas, Maria Africa Gracia
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 24)
Daughter of a Spanish diplomat and a daughter of political refugees. She was born in the Dominican Republic and educated on the Canary Islands before she tried a career as a stage actress in Europe. Her marriage in 1932 to the american banker William McFeeters failed in 1939 and she worked as a model in New York before her movie career took off in 1940. Her stage name Montez was chosen because Lola Montez was a favorite of her father.
Although she could hardly act, she was beautiful and her roles as a girl in distress made her popular. In 1940 she was in "The Invisible Woman" and in 1942 in "Arabian Nights". In 1943 she married the actor Jean-Pierre Aumont and they went to Europe. There she had parts is several French and Italians movies. Her last part was in a German movie, "Schatten über Neapel" (1951).
In 1951 she was found drowned in her bath, possibly as the result of a heart attack.
Daughter: Aumont, Tina
Biographies Database, Internet, 1996
Cullen, Catherine, Paris, The Woman's Travel Guide, Virago Press, London, 1993