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April 29, 2023

35 Beautiful Photos of Olga San Juan in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1927 in New York City, American actress and comedian Olga San Juan was contracted to Paramount Pictures in 1943 after being scouted at Copacabana and performing at the Paramount Theatre. In Blue Skies (1946), she performs a dance to “Heat Wave” with Bing Crosby. She was especially keen to be cast as Amber La Vonne in Variety Girl (1947).

In the 1940s, San Juan mainly appeared in musicals as “a Latina entertainer or love interest”. She was nicknamed the “Puerto Rican Pepper Pot”, ostensibly “for her vivacious and spicy personality”. Her last Hollywood film came out in 1949.

In 1951, San Juan starred on Broadway in the Lerner and Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon. She played Jennifer Rumson, a woman who finds gold and gets rich during the California Gold Rush.

San Juan’s health began to fail after a stroke in the 1970s. She died of kidney failure in 2009, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, aged 81. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Olga San Juan in the 1940s and 1950s.


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