DONA DRAKE


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Dona Drake was a Mexican-American actress from the 1930s to the 1950s. At the start of her career, she was billed under the clever stage name of "Rita Rio" (the reversal of the famous movie of that name), and she appeared in singing and dancing roles, beginning with Eddie Cantor's "Strike Me Pink". Some of her movies include: Road to Morocco, Kansas City Confidential, and Beyond the Forest. In 1940, she toured (once again billed as "Rita Rio") with her "all girl orchestra" with other famous actresses raising money for polio and tuberculosis research. She passed away in 1989 at the age of 74.
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