Rita Ravell - The Mexican Spitfire: signed, vintage 8x10 photo photo
Rebecca Penalver, born of Mexican parents, would become a well-know burlesque dancer and pin up model of the 1950s. Rebecca would be a natural to enter show business, as her father was employed as a show promoter. Under the stage name Rita Ravell she was billed as either the “Mexican Spitfire” or “The Latin Temptress”, and on occasion “The Hot Tamale”. She had been trained originally in traditional Mexican folk dance and reportedly, she appeared as a folk dancer in a few films in the Mexican film industry. When developing her burlesque acts, Rita would use themes from her traditional latin dancing experience to create a dance she would refer to as a “fantasy on Mexican numbers”. Initially Rita danced in clubs in Mexico and Puerto Rico, and then toured with the USO for 3 years, before becoming a feature dancer in the United States.