Yolanda "Tongolele" Montes

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Yolanda Montes Farrington in dance costume, 1950

Tongolele (born Yolanda Ivonne Montes Farrington; January 3, 1932, Spokane, Washington) is an exotic dancer and actress in Mexican films.

She became a professional dancer when she was 15 years old. Her father was Spanish/Swedish, her mother was French/English and her maternal grandmother was of Tahitian descent. She starred in several films from the 1940s through the 1980s but most people remember her from the classic 1971 film Isle of the Snake People, produced by Luis Enrique Vergara, and starring Boris Karloff in one of his last roles.[citation needed] She also participated in one of the first Mexican films to be shot in color, Música de siempre (1958), where she enters the stage from a volcano. Tongolele was active in television, theatre, and nightclubs.[citation needed]


  • Nocturne of Love (1948)
  • ¡Han matado a "Tongolele"! (1948)
  • El rey del barrio (1950)
  • "Matenme por qué me muero(1951)"
  • Pensión de artistas (1956)
  • Las mujeres panteras (1967)
  • El crepúsculo de un Dios (1969)
  • Isle of the Snake People (1971)
  • La pasión de Isabela (TV) (1983)
  • Salomé (2001)
  • El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol (2011)


  • Agrasánchez Jr., Rogelio (2001). Bellezas del cine mexicano/Beauties of Mexican Cinema. Archivo Fílmico Agrasánchez. ISBN 968-5077-11-8. 

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