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Portrait of Estrellita
Estrellita Castro Navarro was a Spanish singer and actress. She began singing at an early age in the streets of Sevilla, later going to school and gaining recognition from popular public figures that lead her to perform for King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia at Sevilla Royal Alcázares at the age of 12. She then sang in theater all over the world. Her success as a singer helped her make a natural transition from theater to film, starring in her first full-length film "Rosario la Cortijera" in 1935. She is easily recognized by the iconic hair-curl she wore on her forehead, although she is pictured here with her hair pulled back and pieces curling along her cheekbones instead. She wears a floral print shawl lined at the neck with long fine tassels that cascade down her back. She appears to be posed mid-dance as her gaze is cast downward and entranced in motion.