Mara frica Gracia Vidal was a Dominican motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmedinTechnicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hotblooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as The Queen of Technicolor. Over her career, Montez appeared infilms,of which were made in North America and five in Europe.
Montez was born Mara Antonia Garca Vidal de Santo Silas in Barahona, Dominican Republic. She was one of ten children born to Ysidoro Garca, who worked as the Spanish consul in Dominican Republic, and his wife Teresa. Montez was educated at the Sacred Heart Convent in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In the mid1930s, her father was appointed to the Spanish consulship in Belfast, Northern Ireland where the family moved. It was there that Montez met her first husband, William G. McFeeters, whom she married at age 17. In the book, Maria Montez, Su Vida by Margarita Vicens de Morales, 2003 edition, on page 26, there is a copy of Maria Montez birth certificate proving that her original name was Maria Africa Gracia Vidal. Her fathers name was Isidoro Gracia and her mothers name was Teresa Vidal. On page 54, there is a copy of a fake biography made by Universal Pictures, where it says that Maria Montez was educated in Tenerife and that she lived in Ireland, which was never true. Maria Montez lived th