María Antonia Abad Fernández MML, known professionally as Sara Montiel, and as Sarita Montiel, was a Spanish singer and actress. She has been called a "sexual, feminist, and gay icon for Francoist Spain." Montiel was born in Campo de Criptana in the region of Castile–La Mancha in 1928. She worked in Europe, Latin America and United States. Her films The Last Torch Song and The Violet Seller netted the highest gross revenues ever recorded for films made in the Spanish-speaking movie industry during the 1950s/60s. She was portrayed in the Pedro Almodóvar film Bad Education by a male actor in drag as the cross-dressing character Zahara, and a film clip from one of her movies was used, as well.
|Born:||María Antonia Alejandra Vicenta Elpidia Isidora Abad Fernández, March 10, 1928, Campo de Criptana, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain|
|Died:||April 8, 2013, Madrid, Spain|
|Citizenship:||Spain, Mexico (naturalized)|
|IMDb:||Sara Montiel's IMDb|
About Sara Montiel
Famous for her roles in the Spanish blockbuster films La Violetera and El Ultimo Cuple, she is also notable for her performance in the 1947 cinematic version of Don Quixote. Also well known as a singer, she made numerous music recordings, including Sara Montiel La Diva and Songs From The Film Besame.
Sara Montiel Before Fame
She appeared in her first Spanish-produced film, Locura de Amor, when she was just fifteen years old and went on to act in several Mexican movies, as well as in the 1954 Hollywood feature Vera Cruz.
Achievement of Sara Montiel
In her two memoirs -- Memories: To Live Is A Pleasure (2000) and Sara and Sex (2003) -- she details her alleged liaisons with movie star James Dean, novelist Ernest Hemingway, scientist Severo Ochoa, and playwright Miguel Mihura.
Sara Montiel Family Life
Born Maria Antonia Alejandra Abad Fernandez, she spent her youth in Campo de Criptana, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Her four marriages -- to director Anthony Mann, attorney Jose Ollala, journalist and lawyer Jose Barberan, and videographer Antonio Hernandez -- produced a total of two children (both adopted).
Associations of Sara Montiel
She appeared with Rod Steiger in the 1957 American western movie Run of the Arrow.
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