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Dona Drake

Dona Drake
Personal information
Birth nameEunice Westmoreland
Birth dateNovember 15, 1914
Place of birthMiami, Florida, U.S.
Date of deathJune 20, 1989(age 74)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
SpouseWilliam Travilla (1944-1989) (her death)

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Dona Drake (November 15, 1914 - June 20, 1989) was an American singer, dancer and film actress in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Eunice Westmoreland in Miami, Florida, in 1914. Entering show business in the 1930s, she used the names Una Velon, Rita Rio and Rita Shaw. She settled on the stage name Dona Drake in the early 1940s. Studio publicity during her heyday incorrectly stated that Drake was of Mexican origin and was born Rita Novella. (Novella was actually her mother's first name.)

Because of her dark hair and Latin-looking features, Drake generally played Latin or other "ethnic" types. She is probably best known for playing the American Indian maid of Bette Davis in Beyond the Forest. She also appeared as an Arab girl opposite Bob Hope in Road to Morocco in 1942. Her biggest "non-ethnic" role was the second female lead in the 1949 comedy The Girl from Jones Beach, playing opposite Eddie Bracken. She died in 1989.

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