Lisa Montell Profile

Lisa Montell
Lisa Montell
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(Irena Ludmila Vladimirovna Augustynowic)
5 July 33 is born in Warsaw, Poland, of Russian-Polish ancestry, to Walery Montwill and his wife
? her brother, Andrew, is born
Late 30s goes with her family to the States. When her father adopts the family name of his paternal grandmother, Montville, Lisa is raised as Irene Montwill.
? attends the High School of Music and Art and the High School of Performing Arts in New York
? moves with her family to Fort Pierce, Florida
? studies drama for a year at the University of Miami
? moves with her family to Lima, Peru, where her father becomes director of a mining company
? performs with the Lima Theater Workshop
? gets engaged to a Peruvian
c. 53 / 54 debuts in Cecobolo, a.k.a. The Daughter of the Sun God, filmed on location in Peru and produced by Dick Welding, ex-hubby of John Wayne's wife Pilar Palette. Due to financial problems the film won't be released until 1962.
? does a few local films in Peru
Late 53 her father dies unexpectedly
c. early 54 following the death of her father, she, her mother and her brother return to Fort Pierce
Mid-February 54 moves with her mother to Hollywood to complete additional soundtracks for Cecobolo. Her brother will attend a private school in the north.
? signs with the Mitch Hamilburg Agency, which also handles Gene Autry
? gets married and divorced
c. 55 signed to do Pearl of the South Pacific, she catches the eye of billionaire Howard Hughes, who wants to sign her to a personal contract. At their first meeting, she tells him about her love of opera and poetry and Russian literature; she never hears from him again.
attends the premiere of Liberace’s Sincerely Yours at the Pantages Theater
September 55 attends a South American newspaper party with young actor Dick Davalos
56 doesn’t date co-star Rod Taylor while filming World Without End
c. 56 double dates with fellow actress Ruta Lee while filming Gaby
during the filming of Gaby, director Curtis Bernardt takes her, Ruta and Narda Onyx out to dinner
becomes a member of the Baha’i faith
57 becomes friends with Hawaiian actor Johnny Kieoni while filming Naked Paradise on location in Hawaii
c. 57 marries actor David Janti
58 films She Gods of Shark Reef on location on the island of Kauai. Director Roger Corman shoots it back-to-back with his Thunder Over Hawaii.
19 January 59 her daughter, Shireen J., is born in Los Angeles
? divorces Janti
? becomes chairman of The Human Relations Committee in Culver City and is active with the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations
Early 70s resides in Tucson, Arizona
? becomes executive director of a Head Start program in Tucson, Arizona
? becomes a member of the executive staff of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
04 resides in Santa Monica, California
May 08 is scheduled to attend the Memphis Film Festival, June 5 to 7 at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi
? authors her book, Baha'i: The New Vision
7 March 23 dies at age 89 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
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Recommended Books:
Baha'i: The New Vision by Lisa Janti
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