Myrtle Gonzalez’s death has been trending in search since a Google doodle of her appeared on November 23.
She died on October 22, 1918 in Los Angeles, California.
The cause of the death of Myrtle Gonzalez was the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which claimed millions of lives.
Gonzalez died of failure, and by loss, she meant as a result of a fall she suffered three years earlier while practicing stunt riding in Photoplay, author Fregoso claims in her study.
Today’s Google Doodle honors Myrtle Gonzalez, one of Hollywood’s first Hispanic film actresses.
The doodle shows the actress taking a winter walk, designed by Bay Area-based guest artist Ana Ramirez Gonzalez.
Guest artist Ana Ramirez Gonzalez from the Bay Area drew Gonzalez’s Google Doodle.
In the artwork, Myrtle Gonzalez is shown working through three feet of snow in one of her films.
The scene alludes to the wild, daring characters Myrtle Gonzalez is known for portraying.
She passed away when she was only 27 years old.
Google Doodle Remembered Myrtle Gonzalez
This US-only Google Doodle homepage has helped preserve memory and raise awareness of one of the first Latino actors and actresses to break into Hollywood.
Wednesday’s Google Doodle featured Gonzalez as a tribute to the actress, who is known for portraying strong women.
According to IMDb, she appeared in The Level (1914), The Little Sheriff (1914), and The Cup of Courage (1915).
Gonzalez’s acting career hit a major milestone on November 23.
Today’s Google Doodle honors the first Mexican-American actress to mark The Level, one of her most iconic films, which debuted in 1914.
According to IMDB, the movie is about Caroline Johnson, who becomes wild and hot-tempered like a tigress, motherless and isolated with her strict, unloving father.
She marries a good man but finds adjusting to his kind treatment of her contract.
About Myrtle Gonzalez
Mexican-born Myrtle Gonzalez was born in Los Angeles in September 1891 to an Irish-born mother and Mexican father.
Myrtle’s mother was an opera singer, and the little girl followed in her footsteps by singing frequently in choirs, plays, and community concerts.
However, Myrtle seized the opportunity to pursue a career in film when the American film industry moved from New York to Los Angeles, giving rise to Hollywood.
She began working for the silent film company, the Vitagraph Company of America, and made her film debut in 1913 with The Yellow Streak.
Despite her short five-year film career, she appeared in 80 films from 1913 to 1917.
Although the Library of Congress was able to salvage some of the silent film star’s films, much of her work was lost.
Myrtle Gonzalez became one of the first Latino actors in Hollywood when the film industry moved from New York to California.
She appeared in The Yellow Streak, her first motion picture, in 1913 and worked with the Vitagraph Company of America for a while.