Cuban-born actress Maria Antoineta Pons, who helped popularize the tropical-dancer genre of movies called rumbera in the 1940s and ’50s, died in a Mexico City hospital last Friday, reports the LA Times. She was 82. Pons starred in almost 60 Spanish-language films, from 1942 to 1965, including Noche de Ronda and Mujer de Puerto. Rumbera movies, as you might imagine, were heartbreaking stories about sultry, fallen women, filled with wild, extravagantly costumed dance numbers set in nightclubs. Hot. We need more of those today. Pons, who was one of only a handful of actresses who were famous as Tropical Queens, also performed in stage shows, including productions at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
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