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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 14, 1987|
|Born:||October 17, 1918||Cause of Death:||Alzheimer's disease|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Began dancing career at age six, performing with parents; worked in Mexican nightclubs as a Spanish dancer from age 13
Film debut dancing with her parents in the shorts, "La Fiesta" and "Anna Case with the Dancing Cansinos"
Acted in the Spanish-language feature "Cruz Diablo"
Put under contract by Fox
Appeared in "Under the Pampas Moon" and "Dante's Inferno", both for Fox
First garnered attention for small role as a dancer in "Cargo"
Signed with Columbia; in B pictures until Howard Hawks cast her in "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939)
First of five films with Glenn Ford, "The Lady in Question", directed by Charles Vidor
Appeared for first time with red hair in "The Strawberry Blonde" (filmed in black-and-white)
Career further boosted by appearances in two musical opposite Fred Astaire, "You'll Never Get Rich" and "You Were Never Lovelier"
Had lead in "My Gal Sal"
Starred in the title role of her best-remembered film, "Gilda"; Ford co-starred and Vidor directed; singing voice dubbed by Anita Ellis
Directed by then estranged husband Orson Welles in "The Lady From Shanghai";
Third film with Ford and Vidor, "The Loves of Carmen"
Absent from film for three years during her affair with and marriage to Aly Khan; returned to films with "Affair in Trinidad" (1952), co-starring Ford
Another similar absence from film after "Salome" and "Miss Sadie Thompson" (both 1953) during marriage to singer Dick Haymes; returned to film in 1957 to appear in "Pal Joey" and "Fire Down Below"
Co-starred with Burt Lancaster in "Separate Tables", produced by then-husband James Hill
Played a dissolute Mexican woman in "They Came to Corduba" opposite Gary Cooper
Essayed an adulterous wife on trial for murdering her husband in "The Story on Page One"
Was miscast opposite Rex Harrison in the comedy "The Happy Thieves"
Fifth movie with Glenn Ford, "The Money Trap"
Made sole venture into TV movies, co-starring in "The Poppy Is Also a Flower" (ABC); had brief theatrical run in NYC after TV airing
Last film, "The Wrath of God", co-starring Robert Mitchum
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