Armida Vendrell

Armida, born Armida Vendrell, (29 May 1911 – 23 October 1989) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudevillian born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Armida came from a theatrical family; her father Joaquin Vendrell was a well known magician "The Great Arnold" who immigrated to Mexico from Barcelona, Spain. She also had two sisters that were performers as well, Lydia Vendrell and Lola Vendrell. By the time she reached the age of nineteen she had a lucrative, long-term screen contract. She purchased a beautiful home where she lived with her family. She aspired to send her younger sisters to college. Vendrell was just five feet tall with high heels and two inches less without them. Armida had a tiny face with two dark eyes of radiant beauty. She spoke quickly, without pausing. As a small child she spoke Spanish only. Her personality was vivacious, piquant, fiery in temper, typically Latin in sparkling cleverness. Armida started performing at a young age, when her family moved from Mexico to the United States, her father opened the first movie theater in Douglas, Arizona.


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