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									Acquanetta
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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


Early years
Although accounts differ, [1] 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. [2]

Career
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, [3] 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,[3] 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
the 1980s.
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.

Personal life
Acquanetta succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 16, 2004, at Hawthorn Court in Ahwatukee,
Arizona. She was 83. [4]

Filmography
Year                Film                              Role                    Notes

1942 Arabian Nights                     Ishya                          (uncredited)

       Rhythm of the Islands            Luani                          as Burnu Acquanetta
1943
       Captive Wild Woman               Paula Dupree – the Ape Woman

       Jungle Woman                     Paula Dupree – the Ape Woman
1944
       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


References
  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.

External links
  Acquanetta    at Find a Grave
  Acquanetta    at the Internet Movie Database
  Acquanetta    at AllRovi


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