Fiery, attractive Andalusian-born brunette singer, dancer and actress,in the U. S. from 1928. Using the stage name "Isabelita", she performedwith the 'Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra' and was spotlighted atthe Mocambo and Ciro's night clubs on the Sunset Strip.
There, she cameto the attention of up-and-coming movie star (and future husband)'Rory Calhoun (I)' 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-lancedfor the smaller studios like Republic, Monogram, RKO and PRC. In 1948,she adopted her mother's maiden name and called herself Lita Baron. Shehad exotic leads in a couple of Boy's Own Paper-type adventures (with'Johnny Sheffield' in Bomba on Panther Island (1949) andopposite 'Sabu (I)' in Savage Drums (1951) ). Latinoactresses were often typecast in westerns and Lita was no exception:she played a dance hall singer in The Broken Star (1956) , lookedfetching as a female gunslinger in the (otherwise) mediocre Jesse James' Women (1954) and guested several times in herhusband's hit CBS-Desilu series "The Texan" (1958) .
A memorableguest role was as Cuban bombshell Renita Perez, Ricky Ricardo'sex-dance partner, in a 1952 episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951) . Since her screen career had turned out to be somewhat desultory, Litacontinued to perform on the nightclub circuit (in L. A. and,occasionally, in Vegas). From 1949, she co-hosted "Latin Cruise" onKTLA local television, a pioneering weekly musical variety show whichshowcased Latin tunes.
In the 70's, she moderated a popular radioprogram, "Lunch with Lita", broadcast from Ingleside Inn in PalmSprings, featuring interviews with stars from her Hollywood past. Whenthat ended, she found a new vocation in real estate marketing. .
|1||The Colgate Comedy Hour||1950||as Herself - Dancer|
|2||Bitter Heritage||1979||as La Madre|
|3||Bomba on Panther Island||1949||as Losana|
|4||Border Incident||1949||as Rosita|
|5||Champagne for Two||1947||as Lita Malone|
|6||Club Havana||1945||as Isabelita|
|7||Compadece al delincuente||1960||as flamenco dance couple|
|8||Don Ricardo Returns||1946||as Dorothea|
|9||High School Hero||1946||as Chi-Chi|
|10||Inside Beverly Hills||1956||as Herself|
|11||Jesse James Women||1954||as Delta|
|12||Jungle Jim||1948||as Zia|
|14||Red Sundown||1956||as Maria|
|16||Savage Drums||1951||as Sari|
|17||Slightly Scandalous||1946||as Lola|
|18||Thats My Baby!||1944||as Isabelita|
|19||Thats My Gal||1947||as Isabelita|
|20||The Broken Star||1956||as Conchita Alvarado|
|21||The Gay Senorita||1945||as Chiquita|
|22||The Treasure of Pancho Villa||1955||as Birdcage Flirt in Plaza|
|23||City Detective||1953||as Lita|
|24||Death Valley Days||1952||as Danita|
|25||Erskine Johnsons Hollywood Reel||1949||as Herself|
|26||Heres Hollywood||1960||as Herself|
|27||I Love Lucy||1951||as Renita Perez|
|28||The Ed Wynn Show||1949||as Herself|
|29||The Texan||1958||as Dolores|
|30||This Is Your Life||1952||as Herself|