María Antonieta Pons

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María Antonieta Pons

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Havana, City of Havana, Cuba
Death: August 20, 2004 (82)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Wife of Ramón Pereda and Juan Orol

Occupation: Cuban born Mexican film actress and Rumba dancer.
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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About María Antonieta Pons

Maria Antonieta Pons (July 11, 1922 – August 20, 2004) was a Cuban born Mexican film actress and Rumba dancer.

Born in Cuba in 1922, from Catalan origin, she was one of the most notorious rumba dancers of her times. She was discovered in Cuba by the Spanish film director Juan Orol. Emigrated to Mexico City to film Siboney (1938). She became a most popular movie actress during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

Her impressive physique as well as her extraordinary faculties as a rumba dancer will not be forgotten. She starred numerous Orol's films in the 1940s. After break her relationship with Orol, she passing the baton from her second husband, the Cuban director Ramón Pereda.

Her sensuous dancing can still be seen in movies such as La Reina del Mambo (1950), María Cristina (1951) and La Niña Popoff (1952), directed by Pereda. Among other films by her we have to mention: Noche de ronda (1942), Konga roja (1943, La mujer del puerto (1949), La Sinventura (1949), Una estrella y dos estrellados (1959), Las mil y una noches (1957), Teatro del crimen (1956), and Caña Brava (1964) among many others, including some in the "ranchero" gender. Some of her partners were Pedro Armendáriz, Tin Tan, Enrique Rambal and Luis Aguilar.

From 1964 she had been retired from the artistic activity. She died at age 82 at a private hospital in Mexico City.

Pons (together with Meche Barba, Amalia Aguilar, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina), is considered as one of the "Tropical Queens" of the Rumberas film of Mexican Cinema.

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July 11, 1922
Havana, City of Havana, Cuba
August 20, 2004
Age 82
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico