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Lima to Rio Holiday (1959)

Altair IV Productions

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  •  Hollywood actress Dorothy Malone boards a Braniff 707-227 El Dorado Super Jet, where she and her family enjoy the airline’s signature Gold Service 
  •  First stop: Lima, Peru 
  •  Souvenir shopping, including llama slippers 
  •  Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor 
  •  Residence of famed Peruvian actress Micaela Villegas, known as La Perricholi 
  •  Callao, the chief seaport of Peru 
  •  Incan culture 
  •  Feasting and dancing at the Granja Azul  
  •  Next stop: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  •  Actor Jacques Bergerac joins the trip. He and Malone married in 1959 
  •  Sugarloaf Mountain 
  •  Jewelry shopping 
  •  Dining at a churrascaria 
  •  Maracanã Stadium 
  •  Day trip to São Paulo 
  •  Back to Rio and Copacabana Beach 
  •  Corcovado, including Christ the Redeemer 
 
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Produced by the Dallas-based Jamieson Film Company for Braniff International Airways, this 1959 promotional film highlights the company’s routes to South America and its new fleet of Boeing 707-227 jetliners—known as the El Dorado Super Jets—used to get there. In the film, actress Dorothy Malone first flies to Peru, where she tours the capital city of Lima. Next, Malone travels to Brazil to meet up with her husband and fellow actor Jacques Bergerac. In Rio de Janeiro, the couple shops for jewelry, dines at a churrascaria, and climbs to the peak of the Corcovado mountain. Therein highlighting the benefits of Braniff travel agents, the film functions as much as a tourism film for Latin America as a promotional film for the airline.
Actress Dorothy Malone was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1925. Her family soon moved to Dallas, where she began acting in school plays. Malone was discovered by Hollywood after a talent scout with RKO saw her in a college production of “Starbound” at Southern Methodist University. After her contract with RKO ended, Malone moved to Warner Bros., where she began playing more visible roles in films such as The Big Sleep (1946) and Two Guys from Texas (1948). 
 
By the early 1950s, however, Malone’s acting career was beginning to stall. It was only after she transformed herself into a platinum blonde that she began finding success in Hollywood, culminating with her Oscar-winning performance in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind (1956). Malone moved from the silver to the small screen in the 1960s, starring in ABC’s Peyton Place. 
 
Malone retired from acting after making a cameo appearance in Basic Instinct (1992). She currently lives in Dallas.