Fiery brunette Andalusian-born singer, dancer and actress, in the U.S. from 1928. Using the stage name "Isabelita", she performed with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra and was spotlighted at the Mocambo and Ciro's night clubs on the Sunset Strip. There, she came to the attention of up-and-coming movie star (and future husband) Rory Calhoun and was quickly destined to be in pictures. Continuing to be billed as "Isabelita" in her first few films -- invariably as south-of-the-border señoritas -- she mostly free-lanced for the smaller studios like Republic, Monogram, RKO and PRC. In 1948, she adopted her mother's maiden name and called herself Lita Baron. She had exotic leads in a couple of Boy's Own Paper-type adventures (with Johnny Sheffield in Bomba on Panther Island (1949) and opposite Sabu in Savage Drums (1951)). Latino actresses were often typecast in westerns and Lita was no exception: she played a dance hall singer in The Broken Star (1956), looked fetching as a female gunslinger in the (otherwise) mediocre Jesse James' Women (1954) and guested several times in her husband's hit CBS-Desilu series The Texan (1958). A memorable guest role was as Cuban bombshell Renita Perez, Ricky Ricardo's ex-dance partner, in a 1952 episode of I Love Lucy (1951).
Since her screen career had turned out to be somewhat desultory, Lita continued to perform on the nightclub circuit (in L.A. and, occasionally, in Vegas). From 1949, she co-hosted "Latin Cruise" on KTLA local television, a pioneering weekly musical variety show which showcased Latin tunes. In the 70's, she moderated a popular radio program, "Lunch with Lita", broadcast from Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, featuring interviews with stars from her Hollywood past. When that ended, she found a new vocation in real estate marketing
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