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You've heard of Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Ed McMahon coming from from Lowell, but have you ever heard of Charlita? The clipping at left from The Lowell Sun, dated July 29, 1951, is a profile of the beautiful actress, Clara Isabella DeFreitas, or Charlita. According to www.imdb.com, she was born July 5, 1921, in Lowell and was known for starring in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952), The Naked Dawn (1955) and Ride, Vaquero! (1953). She died on Jan. 28, 1997, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. In the middle photo, Charlita is on the bill of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. At right, she's shown in a scene from the movie.

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