Dona Drake

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Dona Drake
Dona Drake.jpg
BornEunice Westmoreland
(1914-11-15)November 15, 1914
Miami, Florida, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1989(1989-06-20) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesRita Rio, Una Velon, Rita Shaw[1]
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1933–1977
Spouse(s)William Travilla (1944-1989) (her death)
 
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Dona Drake
Dona Drake.jpg
BornEunice Westmoreland
(1914-11-15)November 15, 1914
Miami, Florida, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1989(1989-06-20) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesRita Rio, Una Velon, Rita Shaw[1]
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1933–1977
Spouse(s)William Travilla (1944-1989) (her death)

Dona Drake (November 15, 1914 – June 20, 1989) was an American singer, dancer and film actress in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Eunice Westmoreland in Miami, Florida, in 1914. Entering show business in the 1930s, she used the names Una Velon, Rita Rio and Rita Shaw.[1] She settled on the stage name Dona Drake in the early 1940s. Studio publicity during her heyday incorrectly stated that Drake was of Mexican origin and was born Rita Novella.[2] (Novella was actually her mother's first name.)

Because of her dark hair and Latin-looking features, Drake generally played Latin or other "ethnic" types. She is perhaps best known for playing the American Indian maid of Bette Davis in Beyond the Forest. She also appeared as an Arab girl opposite Bob Hope in Road to Morocco in 1942. Her biggest "non-ethnic" role was the second female lead in the 1949 comedy The Girl from Jones Beach, playing opposite Eddie Bracken. She died in 1989.

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Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1935Moonlight and MelodyRitacredited as Rita Rio
1936Strike Me PinkMademoiselle Fificredited as Rita Rio
1938Sweet ShoeRita Riocredited as Rita Rio
1938Beautiful, But DummiesModelcredited as Rita Ray
1939Gals and GallonsOrchestra Leadercredited as Rita Rio
1939Rita Rio and Her OrchestraRita Rioplayed self in this 10 minute short[3]
1941I Look at YouRita Rio
1941Fresh as a FreshmanRita Rio
1941Aloma of the South SeasNeafirst film credit as Dona Drake[2]
1941Louisiana PurchaseBeatrice
1942Road to MoroccoMihirmahcredited as Dona Drake
1943Star Spangled Rhythmherselfperforms song "On the Swing Shift" with Marjorie Reynolds and Betty Jane Rhodes
1943Salute for ThreeDona Drake and Her Girl Bandcredited as Dona Drake
1943Let's Face It!Muriel
1944Hot RhythmMary Adams
1946Without ReservationsDolores Ortega
1946Dangerous MillionsElena Valdez
1948Another Part of the ForestLaurette Sincee
1948So This Is New YorkKate Goff
1949The Doolins of OklahomaCattle Annie
1949The Girl from Jones BeachConnie Martin
1949Beyond the ForestJenny
1950Fortunes of Captain BloodPepita Maria Rosados
1951ValentinoMaria Torres
1952Kansas City ConfidentialTeresa
1953The Bandits of CorsicaZelda
1953Son of Belle StarrDolores
1953Down Laredo WayNarita
1953Adventures of SupermanJoyceepisode 35 "The Dog Who Knew Superman" 9th episode of 1953; aired 14 November
1954Superman Flies AgainJoycetheatrical re-release of 3 episodes of the television series included episode 35[4][5]
1954Princess of the NileMirva
1954City DetectiveFrancesca1 episode
1955Soldiers of FortuneCheu1 episode
1955The Lone WolfLee1 episode

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