Sara Montiel

Sara Montiel

Spanish actress and singer
Date of Birth: 10.03.1928
Country: Spain

Content:
  1. Biography of Sara Montiel
  2. Early Career
  3. International Success
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Sara Montiel

Sara Montiel, whose real name is María Antonia Alejandra Vicenta Elpidia Isidora Abad Fernández, was born in 1928 in Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Spain. From childhood, she was known for her incredible beauty and artistic talent, which led her to pursue a career in performing arts.

Sara Montiel

Early Career

Montiel made her film debut in the 1944 movie "Te quiero para mi." However, it was her role in the film "Empezó en Boda" later that same year that brought her international recognition under the stage name Sara Montiel. The pseudonym was a combination of her grandmother's name, Sara, and Montiel, the historical name of her hometown.

Sara Montiel

Her breakthrough came in 1948 with the film "Locura de amor," which propelled her to stardom. She followed it with notable roles in "La mies es mucha," "Pequeñeces," and "El capitán veneno." Montiel then moved to Mexico, where she continued her successful career in films such as "Cárcel de mujeres" (1951), "Piel canela" (1953), "Yo no creo en los hombres" (1954), and many others.

Sara Montiel

International Success

Returning to Spain in 1957, Montiel starred in the highly acclaimed musical drama "El último cuplé." The film narrated the story of a Spanish music hall diva and a young bullfighter's passionate love affair. The movie became a huge success, establishing Montiel as a prominent actress.

Sara Montiel

She went on to appear in various films, including the American western "Run of the Arrow," the Italo-Spanish musical "La violetera," and the Argentinian-Spanish drama "Mi último tango." In 1962, she starred in the Franco-Spanish-Italian drama "La bella Lola" and the Spanish melodrama "La reina del Chantecler."

Sara Montiel

In 1965, Montiel achieved success with the Spanish-Brazilian musical drama "Samba," followed by films like "Canciones de nuestra vida" and "Cinco almohadas para una noche" in the 1970s. However, "Cinco almohadas para una noche" became her last film and did not receive much acclaim. The Spanish film industry was experiencing changes, and Montiel decided to focus on theater and television instead.

Sara Montiel

Personal Life

Known for her stunning beauty, Montiel had a colorful and eventful personal life. She was highly sought after by men, and many stories circulated about her romances. She married director Anthony Mann in 1957, and they remained married until 1963. Her second husband was industrialist Vicente Ramírez Olalla, but their marriage also ended in divorce. Montiel's most notable spouse was impresario and journalist Pepe Tous, with whom she adopted two children. She also had relationships with renowned figures such as writer Ernest Hemingway, who taught her how to smoke cigars, and Spanish poet León Felipe. Gary Cooper, with whom she had a passionate affair, was one of her most memorable lovers.

Sara Montiel

In 2002, Montiel married Antonio Hernández, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2005. Notably, Montiel adopted cigar smoking as a distinguishing feature after her lessons from Fidel Castro and Hemingway.

Today, Montiel's filmography includes over fifty films, many of which have gained international recognition. Additionally, she recorded a significant number of music albums and singles. Russian audiences may know her best for films such as "La violetera" (1958), "Mi último tango" (1960), "La reina del Chantecler" (1962), and "Shpionskoye gnezdo v Kasablanke" (1963). Furthermore, her famous rendition of the legendary song "Bésame mucho" is widely known beyond her native country.

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