Conchita Montenegro
Actress, dancer and singer
Conchita Montenegro
Conchita Montenegro was a Spanish model, dancer, stage and screen actress. She was educated in a convent in Madrid, Spain. Montenegro had brown eyes, wavy black hair, and an olive complexion. Her sister, Juanita Montenegro was also an actress.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 94
    Died on April 22, 2007.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 31
    In 1944, Montenegro married the Spanish diplomat Ricardo Giménez Arnau, a senior member of the far right Falangist Party and Ambassador to the Holy See.
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  • 1943
    Age 30
    Montenegro claimed that she used her husband's influence to secure a meeting between the British actor and the dictator while Howard was in Spain on a lecture tour to promote film in May, 1943, shortly before Howard lost his life when the civilian plane on which he was a passenger on a return flight to England was shot down by German Luftwaffe crashing into the Bay of Biscay. "Thanks to him, at least in theory, Spain was persuaded to stay out of the war," Rey Ximena went on to claim of Howard.
    More Details Hide Details Montenegro collected dolls and stuffed animals as a hobby. She acquired the reputation of a social leader in the Spanish Hollywood film colony. Montenegro leased a large house and was hostess at many gatherings. After filming several movies in Spain, the last of which was Lola Montes (1944), Montenegro retired forever from the cinema, refusing interviews and declining personal appearances, including requests to honor her. Having been a widow since 1972, Montenegro died in Madrid on April 22, 2007, at the age of 94 leaving her body to science.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 22
    She married a Brazilian actor, Raoul Roulien, in Paris, France, on September 19, 1935. The couple toured South America and produced a motion picture called Jangada (1936). The film dealt with the customs of primitive peoples in South America. Another of Roulien's films, El grito de la juventud, which debuted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 24 September 1939, was much better known.
    More Details Hide Details A short time later Montenegro and Roulien were divorced.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1932
    Age 19
    Montenegro was sometimes featured in stage shows which coincided with the screening of film premieres. One such instance was the premiere of A Passport To Hell, starring Elissa Landi. The movie debuted at the Loew's Kings Theater in August 1932.
    More Details Hide Details Montenegro provided the vaudeville entertainment beforehand. On another occasion she teamed with Teddy Joyce in the stage show for the opening of The Kennel Murder Case (1933). The film screened at the Warner Brothers Hollywood Theater. Together with Will Rogers, Montenegro performed an Adagio for Strings number prior to the premiere of Handy Andy (1934). Montenegro's movie career in America continued until 1940. That year she performed the leading female part in Eternal Melodies (Melodie eterne). The story focused on the unrequited first love of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, played by Gino Cervi. Playing Aloisa Weber, Montenegro jilts the composer in this Italian language production.
    Montenegro applied for US citizenship in Chicago, Illinois, on March 16, 1932.
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  • 1931
    Age 18
    In 1931, Fox Films selected three of its own stars in opposition to the thirteen actresses chosen as WAMPAS Baby Stars, sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers.
    More Details Hide Details The three were Montenegro, Helen Mack, and Linda Watkins. Eleven Fox publicity men resigned in protest of the WAMPAS Baby Stars decision to eschew naming any Fox starlets among its list of actresses most likely to achieve success. In addition Fox promised to name budding stars, or "Fox debutante stars", annually.
    In August 1931, Montenegro was aboard the Southern Pacific Argonaut (passenger train) when the train derailed near Yuma, Arizona, Two trainmen were killed in the crash.
    More Details Hide Details Luckily for Montenegro she was riding in the second section along with actors Warner Baxter and Edmund Lowe. Forty others among the film company also riding in that section were spared injury when the second section missed hitting the first. The steam engine, two cars of the baggage car section, and a day coach overturned after the train struck a roadbed which had been softened by rain. The Argonaut was en route to a location shoot for The Cisco Kid (1931), in Tucson. Montenegro's character, "Carmencita," was the primary female role and source of strife between the Lowe and Baxter characters.
    By mid-1931, Montenegro had left MGM and signed with Fox Film Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details She was to play in both Spanish and English language motion pictures.
  • 1930
    Age 17
    Montenegro came to Hollywood in June 1930 with a contract at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
    More Details Hide Details She was seventeen years old and could not speak English; however, in three months time Montenegro became fluent enough to play the leading female part of Tamea Larrieau, Leslie Howard's love interest in the film, Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931). Never the Twain Shall Meet is the English language version of a story written by Peter B. Kyne and was directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Prior to this performance, Montenegro was cast in Spanish versions of MGM movies, among them Call of the Flesh and Way for a Sailor (both 1930). The former featured Ramon Novarro while the latter starred José Crespo. Montenegro's next screen project was Strangers May Kiss (1931) starring Norma Shearer, with Montenegro as the ingenue role, "Spanish Dancer."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1912.
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