Olga San Juan (March 16, 1927 - January 3, 2009) was an American actress, dancer and comedian, mainly active in films during the 1940s.
Life and career:
She was born in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican parents. When she was three years old, her family moved back to Puerto Rico, then moved back to the United States a few years later. She was dubbed the "Puerto Rican Pepperpot" for singing and dancing roles alongside Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and others. In 1951, she starred on Broadway in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon.
She was married to actor Edmond O'Brien. They met at a publicity luncheon for Fox studios, and married in 1948. San Juan retired in the 1950s to raise her children. They had three children: television producer and actors Brendan O'Brien, Maria O'Brien, and Bridget O'Brien, who is married to Barry Adelman, executive producer of the Golden Globe Awards. O'Brien and San Juan were married 28 years, until their divorce in 1976.
San Juan's health began to fail after a stroke in the 1970s, but lived to enjoy her family for decades to come. She died on January 3, 2009, of kidney failure stemming from a long-term illness, at age 81, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Donaldson Award for her work in Paint Your Wagon.,
Screen Actors Guild Latino Legacy Award for work throughout her long career.,
Caribbean Romance (1943) (short subject),
Rainbow Island (1944),
Bombalera (1945) (short subject),
Out of This World (1945),
Duffy's Tavern (1945),
Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945) (short subject),
The Little Witch (1945) (short subject),
Blue Skies (1946),
Cross My Heart (1946),
Variety Girl (1947),
Are You With It? (1948),
One Touch of Venus (1948),
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948),
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949),
The Barefoot Contessa (1954),
The 3rd Voice (1960)
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