Sunday, July 08, 2007

Maureen Hingert

9 January 1937

is born in Colombo, Ceylon, of Dutch ancestry, the daughter of Lionel Hingert and Lorna Mabel de Run. Her father is president of the Bank of Ceylon and has extensive tea holdings.

c. 1942

enters the Holy Family Convent in Colombo and stays there until she is 18


studies languages, world history, and nursing. She speaks English, French, Spanish, Hindustani, and Tamil.


stars in a Ceylonese movie, Ram Gopal

c. 1954

is in Veit Harlan's Sterne ueber Colombo, a.k.a. Circus Girl, a German picture filmed in Ceylon

wins the role of a solo dance in Elephant Walk

25 June 1955

is crowned “Miss Ceylon” in Colombo, Ceylon

22 July 1955

is heralded a favorite for the world beauty crown together with “Miss Sweden,” “Miss USA,” “Miss England,” and “Miss El Salvador

becomes second runner-up to Hillevi Rombin, “Miss Sweden,” in the "Miss Universe" contest held in Long Beach, California

July 1955

says: “I drink no alcoholic beverages and smoke no cigarettes.”

the judges call her “one of the most beautiful Oriental entrants we have ever had”

October 1955

is heralded to make her screen debut playing an American Indian in Universal-International’s Pillars of the Sky

is signed by 20th Century-Fox for their upcoming The King and I

26 October 1955

accompanies Ceylon's ambassador C. E. L. Wickremesinghe to a formal luncheon at the Wilton Hotel. There they dine with Mayor George Vermillion and Oscar Meinhardt, executive director of the "Miss Universe" beauty pageant.

21 January 1956

she and fellow beauty queen Hillevi Rombin attend a dinner date at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium honoring Humberto Valenzuela, retired Chilean bank president and head of several large industries

April 1956

Jon Hall is reported paging her to play the jungle queen in his "Ramar of the Jungle" TV series

lives at the well-chaperoned Hollywood Studio Club and will study at UCLA


performs classic Indian dances in Los Angeles


tours Europe and the Middle East

1956 – 57

stars opposite Maxwell Reed as Anura, a beautiful South Seas native girl, in the British TV series “Captain David Grief.” The series is shot on location in Mexico.

October 1957

is pictured attending an installation banquet for Miss Universe Beauty Pageant officers at the Lafayette Hotel

Early April 1958

announces plans to marry Mario Armand Zamparelli, a Montrose artist, on June 4

April 1958

will start rehearsals in September for a New York stage production, Father India


marries Zamparelli. He's 31; she's 21.

films Fort Bowie on location at the Kanab Movie Fort at Kanab, Utah

8 May 1959

her daughter Regina N. is born in Los Angeles. She will become renown Los Angeles concert promoter Gina Zamparelli.

15 April 1964

her daughter Marisa N. is born in Los Angeles

17 March 1967

her third daughter is born in Los Angeles


resides in the Los Angeles area

Syracuse Herald-American, Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, The Lima News, The Lowell Sun, The Bennington Evening Banner, Oakland Tribune, Pasadena Independent, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Picture Show 1957,

She was heralded a favorite for the world beauty crown together with “Miss Sweden,” “Miss USA,” “Miss England,” and “Miss El Salvador.” The Judges stated, “she is the most beautiful entrant we have ever had”.

Due to her win in the Miss Universe Pageant, she has long been revered as “putting Sri Lanka on the map” and being an ambassador to her country, Sri Lanka.

Hingert was born on January 9, 1937 in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Lionel Hingert and Lorna Mabel De Run. Her father, of Dutch people Dutch ancestry. He was the President of the Bank of Ceylon and he had extensive tea estates. The family lived in a large mansion in Ceylon

Hingert attended school at the Holy Family Convent in Colombo until she was eighteen. She studied world history, languages (English, French, Spanish, Hindustani, and Tamil), nursing and dancing.

In 1954, Hingert was crowned Miss Ceylon in her country and subsequently selected as a contestant in the 1955 Miss Universe pagent.

Following her victory in the contest, Hingert was put under contract to Universal International Studios and 20th Century Fox.

Some of the movies she appeared in include: The King and I, Fort Bowie, Gun Fever, The Adventures of Hiram Holiday, Moroccan Halk Moth, Pillars of the Sky,

Maureen Hingert is an actress.

As an actress, Maureen Hingert has performed in movies such as "Gunmen from Laredo", released in 1959, in which she portrayed Rosita, "Gun Fever"(1958), and "Fort Bowie"(1958).

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