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Acquanetta (July 17, 1921 – August 16, 2004), nicknamed "The Venezuelan
Volcano," was a B-movie actress known for her exotic beauty. Acquanetta
Born Burnu Acquanetta
Contents July 17, 1921
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
1 Early years
2 Career Died August 16, 2004 (aged 83)
Ahwatukee, Arizona, U.S.
3 Personal life
4 Filmography Occupation Actress
5 References Years active 1942–1953
6 External links
Spouse Jack Ross
Although accounts differ,  Acquanetta claimed she was born Burnu Acquanetta in Ozone, Wyoming. Orphaned by her
Arapaho parents at the age of 2, she lived briefly with another family before being taken in by an artistic couple with whom
she remained until she made the choice to live independently at the age of 15. 
Acquanetta started her career as a model in New York City with Harry Conover. She signed with Universal Studios in 1942
and acted mostly in B-movies, including Tarzan and the Leopard Woman, Arabian Nights, The Sword of Monte Cristo, and
Captive Wild Woman,  in which Universal attempted to create a female monster movie franchise with Acquanetta as an ape.
She retired from movies in the 1950s after marrying Jack Ross, a car dealer. They settled in Mesa, Arizona, and she returned
to a degree of celebrity by appearing with Ross in his local television advertisements, and also by hosting a local television
show called Acqua's Corner that accompanied the Friday late-night movies. She and Ross had four children, and divorced in
Acquanetta also authored a book of poetry, The Audible Silence, illustrated by Emilie Touraine (Flagstaff, AZ): Northland
Press, 1974. In 1987, the all-girl band The Aquanettas adopted (and adapted) their name from hers.
Acquanetta succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 16, 2004, at Hawthorn Court in Ahwatukee,
Arizona. She was 83. 
Year Film Role Notes
1942 Arabian Nights Ishya (uncredited)
Rhythm of the Islands Luani as Burnu Acquanetta
Captive Wild Woman Paula Dupree – the Ape Woman
Jungle Woman Paula Dupree – the Ape Woman
Dead Man's Eyes Tanya Czoraki
1946 Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Lea, the High Priestess
The Sword of Monte Cristo Felice
1951 Lost Continent Native Girl
Callaway Went Thataway Native Girl with Smoky (uncredited)
1953 Take the High Ground! Bar Girl (uncredited)
1990 The Legend of Grizzly Adams
1. ^ "Acqua Blues" . Phoenix New Times. September 2, 3. ^ a b "Acquanetta, Movie Actress" . Beaver Country Times.
2004. Retrieved December 23, 2010. August 18, 2004. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
2. ^ "Billed As Venezuela Beauty,' Indian Girl Hoaxed 4. ^ "Acquanetta, 83, A Star of B Movies" . The New York
Filmdom" . The Milwaukee Journal. July 20, 1942. Times. August 23, 2004. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
Retrieved December 23, 2010.
Acquanetta at Find a Grave
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Acquanetta at AllRovi