Sara Montiel Dies; Actress Was 85

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Spanish actress Sara Montiel has died at the age of 85.

According to an Associated Press report, the actress died at her home in Madrid. The cause of death was not revealed, though it was stated that Montiel passed out.

Montiel began her acting career in 1944, and starred in over a dozen Spanish films before finding international fame in movies such as Vera Cruz, a 1954 western in which she co-starred with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. Throughout the 60s, Montiel starred in popular films such as Mi Ultimo Tango, La Bella Lola, Samba, La Femme Perdue, and Esa Mujer.

Along with her acting career, Montiel was a singer who recorded songs in five different languages. She also performed throughout Europe and Latin America. Montiel retired from film in 1974, but continued to record songs and perform live.

Montiel published an autobiography in 2000 titled Memories: To Live is a Pleasure, which became an international best-seller.

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