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Hispanics are behind Marilyn Monroe's robes, "King Kong" puppets – Axios


The historical past of the silver display screen was partly made by, and with, Latinos. A brand new guide needs to verify they get their due.

Why it issues: Latinos are deeply underrepresented in Hollywood and are sometimes typecast as criminals or gangsters.

The guide, Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Movie,” by Luis I. Reyes, charts how these stereotypes began.

  • Printed Sep. 13 by Working Press, a Hachette imprint, the guide additionally particulars how some performers have been in a position to escape of them, and the way key Hispanics have been to the event of movie.

Particulars: Among the many most compelling components of Reyes’ guide are the tidbits of Hispanic affect which have been misplaced to historical past, like that a few of Marilyn Monroe’s most well-known on-screen attire have been designed by a Hispanic costumer, Invoice Travilla, and that it was a Mexican American sculptor behind the puppets used to make the unique “King Kong” film.

  • The casting director for a number of Charlie Chaplin classics, and the choreographer for Elvis in “Jailhouse Rock” and Gene Kelly in “An American in Paris,” have been Hispanic.
  • Rita Hayworth, who was of Spanish descent, was born Margarita Cansino however modified her title — and hairline — on the behest of her studio.
  • Reyes additionally dispels reviews that the Oscar statue is modeled after Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernández, saying his analysis exhibits it’s seemingly only a rumor unfold by Fernández.

What he is saying: “I wished to indicate that we have been concerned within the Hollywood movie business because the starting,” Reyes tells Axios Latino.

  • “We’ve been making extra inroads, defining our picture and expertise inside American cinema. However we even have an extended historical past that must be documented and celebrated.”


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