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Actress, Dona Drake, was born Rita Novella on Nov 15, 1914 in Miami, FL. Drake died at the age of 74 on Jun 20, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA .

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By Art on Nov 15, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold

(November 15, 1914 ? June 20, 1989) was an American singer, dancer and film actress in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Eunice Westmoreland on November 15, 1914 in Miami, Florida. Studio publicity during her heyday incorrectly stated that Drake was of Mexican origin and was born Rita Nov... Read full article


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Dona Drake Quotes:

Jenny: You want that Chicken a la King business served on toast?
Rosa Moline: Well I showed you the picture in the magazine, didn't I?
Jenny: How could I tell if there was toast under all that goo?


[Annie and Rose watch the men leave on another cattle drive]
Cattle Annie: I sure wish I was one of 'em.
Rose of Cimarron: But you can't be. All you can do is sit here...and hear that tune play...and watch them leave...and wonder if they're going to come back.
Cattle Annie: You're talking about love...I'm talking about cows!


Capt. Peter Blood: What is that?
Pepita Maria Rosados: Oh, just the slaves. They're on their way back from the Marquis' pearl fisheries; the ones that are left.
Capt. Peter Blood: The ones that are left?
Pepita Maria Rosados: There are fewer every day. Last week, thirty-four. Yesterday, thirty-two. Today, who knows?
Capt. Peter Blood: What happens to them?
Pepita Maria Rosados: What happens to anyone who has to dive for pearls in water filled with sharks.


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Dona Drake Facts
Early in her career she worked under the names Una Velon and Rita Shaw.

In early 1940 she toured - as Rita Rio - with her "All Girl Orchestra" with actresses Marie Wilson and Toby Wing (who was essentially retired) and Faith Bacon (from the Earl Carroll Vanities) across the United States. The actresses made numerous appearances for the Infantile Paralysis Fund and Tuberculosis campaign during the tour.

She gave a spellbinding snake-like dancing performance during 'The Lady dances' number in the 1936 movie 'Strike it pink' with Eddie Cantor. The dance reached its climax with her being thrown extremely high into the air by Eddie Cantor and is then caught by him on the palm of one hand in another position some distance away.

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