DEAD: Myrtle Gonzalez

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Myrtle Gonzalez (aged 27)
First Latin and Hispanic movie star actress

Myrtle Gonzalez (September 28, 1891 – October 22, 1918) was an American actress. She starred in at least 78 silent era motion pictures from 1913 to 1917, of which 66 were one and two-reel shorts. She is regarded as Hollywood’s first Latin and Hispanicmovie star actress.

DEATH: Gonzalez, at age 27, died during the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. At the time of her death, she was at her parents’ home in Los Angeles, at 908 West Thirtieth Street.

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