Conchita Montenegro in “Strangers May Kiss” (1931)

Born in San Sebastián in 1912, Montenegro served as a model for the great Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga. She was only 17 when she was moved to Hollywood where she worked for a brief time with Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer and then with Fox. After landing two roles in Spanish-language movies at MGM in 1930, she made her debut in English-language cinema as a Spanish dancer in “Strangers May Kiss.” Her English may have been shaky still, but with a single movement of her arms, she expresses much more than any other character in the scene.