Carlotta Monti

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Small-part actress in occasional films of the 1930s ("Deadwood Pass" 1933, "Night Cargo" 1936), best known to film buffs as W. C. Fields' longtime companion. Fields spotted the Mexican-Italian Monti on the set of the ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1907 in California, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Cavalier of the West (Movie)

(Actor)

Deadwood Pass (Movie)

(Actor)

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

Night Cargo (Movie)

Tiana (Actor)

The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Movie)

Ambrose's Secretary (Actor)

To Please a Lady (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Small-part actress in occasional films of the 1930s ("Deadwood Pass" 1933, "Night Cargo" 1936), best known to film buffs as W. C. Fields' longtime companion. Fields spotted the Mexican-Italian Monti on the set of the near-surreal "Million Dollar Legs" (1932) and the two became companions that same year. She can be spotted in small roles in such Fields vehicles as "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1941), but perhaps her most notable part came in his comedy "Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1935), in which Monti played his devoted and adoring secretary. In her later years she wrote an autobiographical memoir about her decade-plus with the master comedian, "W.C. Fields and Me," which was filmed in 1976 with Rod Steiger as Fields and Valerie Perrine playing Monti.

Relationships

W C Fields Actor

Companion
together from 1932 until his death on Christmas day in 1946

Eloise Hertford

Sister
survived her

Milestones

1932

Met W C Fields when she played a small role in "Million Dollar Legs"

Bonus Trivia

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Fields' pet name for Monti was "Chinaman". In his will he whimsically bequeathed to his companion of 14 years two flycatchers, two bottles of Shalimar perfume, his 16-cylinder 1938 Cadillac, and a pension of $50 a week for ten years. He wanted most of his fortune to go for the establishment of an orphanage, but his long-estranged wife contested the will, and she and Fields' son won the bulk of his estate.

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