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Mona Maris (1903-1991)

  1. Fay Wray, Viva Villa, 1933.      Everything seemed to go wrong on location in Mexico and once Lee Tracy allegedly urinated from his  hotel balcony on the Revolution Day parade below, MGM rapidly cleaned house. Apart from Joseph Schildkraut and the titular Wallace  Beery, most of Howard Hawks choices were rushed home, replaced by new director Jack Conway’s choices. Maris, however, was dropped because Beery was not satisfied with… the only Hispanic in the film!  Well, I guess, she made them all sound wrong. Mona made several 1930s’ Hollywood-made Spanish-lingo films.
  2. Rita Hayworth, Blood and Sand, 1940.    Good thinking! Best known as the vamp in Argentina’s Cuesto abajo, 1933, Rosa Emma Mona María Marta Capdevielle was a good notion for the slinky manipulative socialite, Doña Sol -  toying with Tyrone Power’s matador in the re-hash of Rudolph Valentino’s 1921 silent classic. Also considered: Lynn Bari, Betty Grable, Hedy Lamarr, Dorothy Lamour, Maria Montez, Jane Russell and Gene Tierney.  And Ava Gardner?  Not into bullfighters until the 50s!
  3. Patricia Morison,  The Song of Bernadette, 1943.      Maris and Fortunio Bonanova played Empress Eugenie  and Emperor Louis Napoleon - before their scenes were reshot with Morison and Jerome Cowan. Although eligible for the 1943 Oscars, the film - about the French pesasant girl who had a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes - was never fully released until 1945. 




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