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April 25, 2021

30 Gorgeous Photos of British Actress Sari Maritza in the early 1930s

Born 1910 as Dora Patricia Detring-Nathan in Tianjin, China, British actress Sari Maritza entered films in 1930 and gained some notoriety for dancing a tango with Charles Chaplin at the premiere for his film City Lights in 1931. Although her behavior was described as lurid, which was silly publicity, she attracted attention and was cast in several low budget, but relatively popular British films.

Maritza made the German-UK film Monte Carlo Madness in Germany in 1932 before traveling to Hollywood, but her few films there for Paramount Studios and RKO Radio Pictures were poorly received.

In America, Maritza was portrayed as an exotic European vamp with emphasis placed on her mother’s Austrian heritage, but Maritza had lived most of her life in Britain, and disapproved of the studio’s attempts to create a more mysterious facade for her. She retired in 1934 following her marriage, and in later years, admitted that she had been eager to end her career as she did not consider herself to be a capable actress.

Maritza died in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1987 at the age of 77.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Sari Maritza during her brief career.


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