and actress Conchita Montenegro first worked professionally as a model for the
famous painter Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta. During her childhood, she learned
classical and Spanish dance. She was credited with revolutionizing the
presentation of Spanish dances.
Montenegro turned from dancing to dramatic acting and starred in numerous
productions. She attained theatrical fame in Hollywood, France, and Germany by
the time she was thirteen years old. At the age of sixteen, she starred in the
French film La Femme et le pantin (1928).
Came to Hollywood in June 1930 with a contract at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
Montenegro played the leading female part of Tamea Larrieau in Never the Twain
Shall Meet (1931). She had been cast in special Spanish-language versions of
MGM movies as Call of the Flesh and Love in Every Port (both 1930).
Montenegro's movie career in America continued until 1940. That year she
performed the leading female part in Eternal Melodies (Melodie eterne), an
Italian production. Montenegro retired from the cinema after filming several
movies in Spain with the last of which was Lola Montes (1944).
Montenegro died in Madrid in 2007, aged 95.