OBITUARY: Ricardo Montalbán was born in Mexico City, the son of Ricarda Merino and Jenaro Montalbán, a store manager. He had a brother, actor Carlos Montalbán, and a sister, Carmen. He was a practicing Roman Catholic and once had said that his religion was the “most important thing” in his life.
He remained a Mexican citizen by choice, having never applied for American citizenship. He married Georgiana Young, an actress, in 1944; they had four children. She was half-sister of the actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young, and Loretta Young, who nicknamed her “Georgie”. After 63 years of marriage, Georgiana Young de Montalbán died on November 13, 2007, at the age of 84. Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.
I remember that Delores Hope used to take vacations and pilgrimages to holysites with Loretta Young and Georgie Montalbán.
Ricardo Montalbán was a close friend to the late Father Peyton and did a number of documentaries on the faith, particularly in regard to the Virgin Mary, the Rosary and various Apparitions. He was a religious and moral anchor for many in the Hollywood scene. I recall that along with his wife, they were the godparents to Lonnie Anderson’s child after her breakup with Burt Reynolds.