Sunday, March 01, 2015

Raquel Torres: Star of Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers (Originally from Hermosillo, Mexico)

Born 11, November 1908, as "Paula Marie Osterman," Raquel Torres was a Mexican-born American film actress who passed away of a heart attack (after surviving a marauding California wildfire in 1985) on August 10, 1987.  She joins a cavalcade of early 20th century Mexican and Mexican-American stars that I left out of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. I started my research here, but am open to other cool links from my readers so I can update this page. Her LA Times obit is here.

Torres is variously described as "Spanish," "sexy," and "feisty," and, in this regard, seems to have anticipated and forged/shared a pathway with Lupe Velez.  More to come!

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