Maria Montez (June 6, 1912 – September 7, 1951) was a Dominican-born actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as "The Queen of Technicolor." Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, including Cobra Woman, Arabian Knights, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
Maria Montez died in Suresnes, France, on September 7, 1951, at the age of 39 after apparently suffering a heart attack and drowning in her bath. She was buried in Paris where her tombstone gives her amended year of birth (1918), not the actual year of her birth (1912).