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October 30, 2019

25 Fabulous Photos of Maria Alba Taken by Eugene Robert Richee in 1930

Born 1905 as María del Pilar Margarita Casajuana Martínez in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spanish-American film actress Maria Alba was signed by the Fox Film Corporation after winning Fox Film contest in Spain and came to the United States in 1927.

Originally billed as Maria Casajuana, she appeared in 25 feature films, starting with Road House in 1928 and ending with La morena de mi copla in 1946.

Her most notable appearances (as Maria Alba) were probably as "Saturday" in the 1932 Douglas Fairbanks film Mr. Robinson Crusoe, and as the exotic "Princess Nadji" in the Bela Lugosi serial The Return of Chandu. Other Latin actresses working in films, like Lupe Velez or Dolores Del Rio, became fluent in English, but Maria Alba spoke English with a thick accent, which limited her casting opportunities.

Alba died in 1999 in San Diego, California at the age of 93.

These fabulous photos of Maria Alba were taken by photographer Eugene Robert Richee in 1930.


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