Olga San Juan

Olga San Juan

Olga San Juan with Alan Young Born March 16, 1927(1927-03-16)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Died January 3, 2009 (aged 81)
Burbank, California, U.S. Nationality American Occupation Actress, dancer, comedian Years active 1943–1960 Religion Roman Catholic Spouse(s) Edmond O’Brien
(1948-1976) Children Bridget O’Brien
Maria O’Brien
Brendan O’Brien

Olga San Juan (March 16, 1927 – January 3, 2009)[1] was an American actress, dancer and comedian, mainly active in films during the 1940s. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican parents. When she was three years old, her family moved back to Puerto Rico, then moved back to the United States a few years later.[2] She was dubbed the “Puerto Rican Pepperpot” for singing and dancing roles alongside Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and others.[3] In 1951, she starred on Broadway in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon.She was married to actor Edmond O’Brien in 1948, divorcing him in 1976. They had three children: television producer Bridget O’Brien and actors Maria O’Brien and Brendan O’Brien.San Juan died of kidney failure stemming from a long-term illness, at age 81, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California.[3]


  • Donaldson Award for her work in, “Paint Your Wagon.”[4]
  • Screen Actors Guild Latino Legacy Award for work throughout her long career.
  • Alan Sherman, folk singer and song parodist, mentions Olga in his song “The Ballad of Oh Boy!”

  • Caribbean Romance (1943) (short subject)
  • Rainbow Island (1944)
  • Bombalera (1945) (short subject)
  • Out of This World (1945)
  • Duffy’s Tavern (1945)
  • Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945) (short subject)
  • The Little Witch (1945) (short subject)
  • Blue Skies (1946)
  • Cross My Heart (1946)
  • Variety Girl (1947)
  • Are You With It? (1948)
  • One Touch of Venus (1948)
  • The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)
  • The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
  • The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
  • The 3rd Voice (1960)


  • ^ Actress, dancer Olga San Juan dies at 81
  • ^ Olga San Juan Biography
  • ^ a b Actress, dancer Olga San Juan dies at 81, Posted 1/6/2009, USA Today
  • ^ El Nuevo Dia[dead link]
  • ^ The Internet Movie Database, Olga San Juan
  • Josephine Powell “Tito Puente When the Drums Are Dreaming” (Authorhouse 2007) http://www.josephinepowell.com


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