“When I see Maria Montez on the screen she is so beautiful – I gasp. I look and I look. And I say that gorgeous creature. She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Then I look at her again. Then I look in a mirror, and that gorgeous thing – she is me.” – Maria Montez
Photo: South of Tahiti (1941). Taken at Laguna Beach.
Arabian Nights (1942)
“Just think, I had never even been kissed until I became engaged . They are very strict in my homeland, though some girls have a boyfriend sometimes. But I never had a boyfriend. But believe you me, I have made up for that since I must confess.” – Maria Montez, born in the Dominican Republic.
Cobra Woman (1944). With John Hall, Sabu and Lon Chaney Jr.
“Maria Montez as Lady Amara in Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1943).” 1991. Artist: Stephen Warde Anderson. Pastel over tempera on shadecloth on hardboard. 12″ x 9.”
It might be a legend
A young reporter questioned Marie Montez why she never wore a bra . Marie said “ Young man I don’t have to.”