Spanish-born band leader who popularized the Latin beat in the US through nightclub and film appearances with his band, the Gigolos, and a succession of sultry songstress-wives. Performing well into h...
The star passed away from natural causes on 17 December (10) at a hospital in Pasadena, California.
Romay began her career in the early 1940s as the lead singer of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and landed her big break after performing with the band in Fred Astaire's 1942 film You Were Never Lovelier.
The role led to Romay pursuing fame as an actress in numerous film and TV projects, including stints on the Milton Berle Show and the Red Skelton Show.
She bowed out of showbusiness in 1953, according to the Associated Press.
The actress died of natural causes at her home in Pacific Palisades, California on Friday (07May10).
Born in Michigan, she started out as a dancer and was discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat and toured with him.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1940s, Mara quickly became a regular face on the big and small screen.
As well as John Wayne's 1949 movie, her credits include Angel in Exile and her late husband Roy Huggins' TV shows 77 Sunset Strip and Maverick.
Accompanied Rudolf Valentino as musician for silent film
Formed new 16-piece band and toured Spain
Moved to Hollywood where he drew caricatures of movie stars for the Los Angeles Times
Debut as bandleader at Hollywood's Cocoanut Grove
Retired as bandleader and returned to Spain
Spanish-born band leader who popularized the Latin beat in the US through nightclub and film appearances with his band, the Gigolos, and a succession of sultry songstress-wives. Performing well into his 80s, he is best known among the younger generation as the former husband of singer Charo.