Ricardo Montalban died today and the world lost a veneer of badly needed class.
I never met the man, but I sure admired him.
His memoir, Reflections, A Life in Two Worlds published in 1980 is only 163 brief pages. I've had it in my library for years. No matter the length, Montalban’s book bespeaks a class human being who was first and foremost a gentleman, a term that has all but vanished from our public lexicon.
Ricardo Montalban radiated confidence without arrogance, lightness without frivolity and gravitas with sincerity.
When he first came to this country in the 1940’s, Montalban stopped at a roadside diner in Texas that had a sign out front: “No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed”.He swallowed his outrage and continued on the road to Hollywood. He married his wife, Georgiana Young (Loretta’s sister) soon after. She was the one and only love of his entire life....