A Dominican Star
The grave of Maria Montez is at the Cemetery of Montparnasse
( 3, Boulevard Edgard - Quinet, 75014 Paris, France )
Because of the origin of her husband the grave of Montez is in the Jewish section of the cemetery. Maria Montez hid so well her real age that they wrote "1918-1951" instead of "1912-1951"
Special thanks to Phil Henry and Dietrich Linz for these pictures:
Mme. Jean-Pierre Aumont
¶Maria’s death was like a personal bereavement for millions of people who didn’t know her. These tears, letters,and little bouquets on her tomb were not for a movie actress, but for a tender and generous and radiant woman. I left for New York with Maria-Christine. It was impossible for me to stay in that house. I also knew that my father, who adored Maria, would be needing us. For several weeks, Maria-Christine didn’t ask for any news about her mother. One day she told me that she didn’t lover her anymore, and I suddenly understood that she believed Maria had abandoned her. I armed myself with all my courage and more or less told her the truth. Her reaction was both surprising and comforting. She sighed happily, “Then that’s the reason Mama hasn’t written.” She added, “We’ve got to write the Good Lord right away.”
She dictated this letter to me:
“Dear fine, good nice God, would you mind returning Mama? But if she’s really well and you want to keep her, send us to heaven too, because we miss her a lot. And make sure Papa doesn’t die before I do, because otherwise I’ll be alone. And make it always nice weather while we’re in New York and not raining like today. It’s Maria-Christina Aumont who signs this note for Mama, and don’t lose it, God, until Mama is alive again. From the book “Sun and Shadow” by Jean-Pierre Aumont, pages 143-144.
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