10 Early Film Actresses You Need to Know

Rita Moreno and Rita Hayworth became movie stars, but they proved that Hollywood was not exactly the most welcoming place for Latinas or those with Latino roots. Some women had to hide any trace of their ethnicity to make it on the silver screen; while others worked outside of the United States and shaped the movie industry in Latin American countries. Regardless of how they made it to the top, these 10 women with Latin roots played an important part in the history of early cinema:

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Yara Simón is a freelance writer who grew up in Miami and was raised by her Nicaraguan mother. She graduated from the University of Florida before moving to New York. She loves the city, though she suffers from fritanga withdrawals. Fashion labels Proenza Schouler and Wes Gordon make her heart flutter, and she won't miss an episode of Game of Thrones. 

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