Monday’s Muse—Marpessa Dawn


Hola!  I hope that you lovelies had a fab weekend!  Today’s muse is the beautiful belated Marpessa Dawn, also known as Gypsy Marpessa Dawn Menor she was an American-born French actress, singer, and dancer.  Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of African-American and Filipino heritage and best-remembered for her role as “Eurydice” in the film Black Orpheus.  I remember reading the book either in high school or college, as well as saw the movie.  It is a must read/see if you are into the mysteries of Greek mythology mixed in with Afro-Brazilian history and wonders.  Nonetheless she was a gorgeous and talented women in which whose legacy will leave on.  She passed away in 2008 at the age of 74 in Paris.  Much love!

Starring actor Breno Mello with Marpessa in 1959's Black Orpheus

vintageblackglamour:Marpessa Dawn of “Black Orpheus” fame in a 1959 issue of Ebony.

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Muse—Marpessa Dawn

  1. I had never heard of Marpessa Dawn. Thanks for the information. It’s always inspiring to hear stories about black and African-American women who are accomplished trail blazers.

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