Depicting Maria África Gracia Vidal (Maria Montez) (1912 - 1951) Dominican film star, known as “The Queen of Technicolor”.
Each brooch is hand cut from shrink plastic so they can vary in size slightly, but are approximately 6 cm in height. They are coated with a clear acrylic spray coat to protect the finish and have a double pin style fixing with metal clutches on the reverse.
Your pin bagde will come attached to a printed card, wrapped in a little bubble wrap and tissue, and posted in a small cardboard postal box.
Maria África Gracia Vidal (Maria Montez) (1912-1951) Dominican film star who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume films. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as “The Queen of Technicolor”. Her first film, ‘The Invisible Woman’, was made for Universal Pictures with whom she signed a long term contract starting at $150 a week.
In 1943 Montez was awarded two medals from the Dominican government for her efforts in promoting friendly relations between the US and her native land, and in 1944 was promoted as Goodwill Ambassador of Latin American countries to the US in the so-called Good Neighbor policy.
Whilst working in Hollywood Montez met her (second) husband, French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. Once released from their respective contracts, the couple moved to Suresnes, Île-de-France and formed their own production company - one of the films made for Christina Productions was ‘Wicked City’ (1949), directed by Francois Villiers, Aumont’s younger brother. It was one of the first US-French co productions after the war. .
Sadly, Montez died at the age of 39 in September 1951 after apparently suffering a heart attack and drowning in her bath. Her estate was worth an estimated $200,000. Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and the last 5 in Europe. She also wrote 3 books, 2 of which were published. She has both a street and an airport in the city of Barahona, her birthplace, named in her honour, and in 1995 she was awarded the International Posthumous Cassandra.