Maria Montez

Born María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas (some sources cite María África García Vidal or María África Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas as her birth name) in Barahona, Dominican Republic. She was one of ten children born to Ysidoro García, who worked as the Spanish consul in Dominican Republic, and his wife Teresa.

Was educated at the Sacred Heart Convent in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In the mid-1930s, her father was appointed to the Spanish consulship in Belfast, Northern Ireland where the family moved. It was there that she met her first husband, William G. McFeeters, whom she married at age 17. In the book, "Maria Montez, Su Vida" by Margarita Vicens de Morales, 2003 edition, on page 26, there is a copy of Maria Montez birth certificate proving that her original name was Maria Africa García Vidal.

Her father's name was Isidoro Gracia (not Garcia) and her mother's name was Teresa Vidal. On page 54, there is a copy of a fake biography made by Universal Pictures, where it says that Maria Montez was educated in Tenerife and that she lived in Ireland, which was never true. She lived the first 27 years of her life in the Dominican Republic.

Her beauty soon made her the centerpiece of Universal's Technicolor costume adventures, notably the six in which she was teamed with Jon Hall in Arabian Nights (1942), White Savage (1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944), Cobra Woman (1944), Gypsy Wildcat (1944), and Sudan (1945). Montez also appeared in the Technicolor western Pirates of Monterey (1947) with Rod Cameron and the sepia toned swashbuckler The Exile (1948), directed by Max Ophüls and starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

En español

Nació como María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas (algunas fuentes citan María África García Vidal o María África Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas como su nombre de nacimiento) en Barahona, República Dominicana. Ella era uno de los diez hijos de Ysidoro García, que trabajaba como Cónsul español en República Dominicana, y su esposa Teresa.

Fue educada en el Corazón Sagrado Convento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A mediados de la década de 1930, su padre fue nombrado para el consulado español en Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, donde la familia se mudó. Fue allí donde conoció a su primer marido, William G. McFeeters, con quien se casó a los 17 años. En el libro, "María Montez, Su Vida" por Margarita Vicens de Morales, edición de 2003, en la página 26, hay una copia del certificado de nacimiento Maria Montez demostrando que su nombre original era María África García Vidal.

El nombre de su padre era Isidoro García (no García) y el nombre de su madre fue Teresa Vidal. En la página 54, hay una copia de una biografía falsa hecha por Universal Pictures, donde se dice que María Montez fue educada en Tenerife y que vivía en Irlanda, que nunca fue cierto. Ella vivió los primeros 27 años de su vida en la República Dominicana.

Su belleza pronto fue la pieza central de aventuras Technicolor de Universal, en particular el de seis en la que se asoció con Jon Hall mil y una noches (1942), Blanca Savage (1943), Alí Babá y los cuarenta ladrones (1944), Cobra Woman ( 1944), Gypsy Wildcat (1944) y Sudán (1945). También apareció en el Technicolor titulado Piratas Occidentales de Monterrey (1947) con Rod Cameron y el espadachín en tonos sepia El exilio (1948), dirigida por Max Ophüls y protagonizada por Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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