Maria Montez was a Dominican actress who became an instant star in Hollywood’s sword and sandal films. But the fates wouldn’t always be in favor of the sultry actress known as “The Cobra Woman” and “The Caribbean Cyclone.” As we’ll see, the adventures of her “enchantress” roles on-screen weren’t too dissimilar from the drama that Maria Montez faced in her real life.


Maria Montez Facts

1. She Was An Unlikely Star

Maria Montez wasn’t the likeliest Hollywood star. She was born in the Dominican Republic in 1912 as one of ten children. Her father was a Spanish diplomat and her mother was the daughter of political refugees. There weren’t any omens in the tea leaves or prophecies in the constellations just yet about the dramatic life that she would lead.



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