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Sara Montiel, Spanish Actress, Dies at 85

April 8, 2013

Madrid (dpa) - Spanish screen legend Sara Montiel - the first from her country to make it in Hollywood - died Monday at her Madrid home at age 85, sources close to her family told the news agency EFE.

Born in the village of Campo de Criptana in central Spain, Montiel launched her international career in Mexico.

She made her US debut alongside Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster in Veracruz (1954).

She also shared the screen with Joan Fontaine and Mario Lanza in Serenade (1956) - whose director Anthony Mann she married - and with Rod Steiger and Charles Bronson in Run of the Arrow (1957).

Montiel also carved herself a career as a singer, becoming known for her sensual interpretation of songs such as Besame Mucho.

"Spain's Mae West" appeared in more than 50 movies and made about 30 records.

She married four times, and admitted to having had an active love life, which included US author Ernest Hemingway.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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