Nina Martinez

1. – Pina Pellicer, One-Eyed Jacks, 1961. Unknown then as now, Martinez is remembered only in a Carlo Fiore anecdote about his pal Bando’s technique  for auditioning actresses.  He asked if she was a virgin and if any producer had asked her to raise her skirt  (yes, she said pointing to his producer,  Frank P Rosenberg).  Was there a member of her family that she was especially close to? Yes, an eight-year-old niece. Brando then improvised a terrible story about the child being smashed by a truck,  adding  more gory details until Nina broke down in hysterics. “OK, you get the part.” She didn’t. Nor, it seems, did he get  her. Most unusual.


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