I had my mother's exotic look, (people were always
asking me: "what are you?"), I learned very early on,
that when I would go out on interviews, I never got the
jobs that called for "regular" girls. It was
infuriating many times, but eventually, my agents
recognized which jobs to submit me for. I was
exotic looking, but not too much so that I would be
mistaken for the real deal. In those days, just
applying dark make-up could make an actress "pass,"
which satisfied producers. My look was generic enough to
play a wide range of "exotics" without anyone making a
fuss. Just paint her with Max Factor negro # 1 or
2, put her in a different costume, have her speak with a
slightly different accent .....and voila!!!! a
'native'." Video on YouTube.