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Eugenia Paul

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Eugenia Paul
Eugenia Popoff

March 3, 1935
DiedMay 24, 2010, aged 75
Spouse(s)Robert Strauss

Eugenia Paul (born Eugenia Popoff, March 3, 1935 – May 24, 2010) was an American actress and dancer best known for her role as Elena Torres in the television series Zorro, which aired on the American television network ABC.[1][2]

Paul was born Eugenia Popoff in Dearborn, Michigan, of Russian heritage.[1][3] She signed as a dancer with Warner Bros. when she was just 17 years old, while participating on a tour with the American Ballet Theatre and the Ballet Sketchbook television show.[1]

Paul danced in lead roles on screen. She also studied ballet with Bronislava Nijinska and drama and acting under Michael Chekhov.[1] Paul departed Warner Bros. and signed with 20th Century Fox as an actor in 1955.[1]

Her other television credits included Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Medic, The Lone Ranger, Death Valley Days, The Adventures of Jim Bowie and the Playhouse 90 adaptation of The Great Gatsby and Sky King).[1][2]

Paul's film credits including Lost in Alaska, Man on the Prowl, Apache Warrior and The Ten Commandments.[1] Her last feature film role was in the western Gunfighters of Abilene in 1960.[1]

Paul met her husband, Pep Boys heir Robert Strauss, at a Hollywood Bowl party.The couple married and Paul quit professional show business soon after her marriage. They remained married for 52 years, until her death in 2010.[1]

Paul died of complications of edema[4] on May 24, 2010, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 75.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Jivaro Native Bit
1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba Shireen Uncredited
1956 The Revolt of Mamie Stover Minor Role Uncredited
1956 Bigger Than Life Saleslady Uncredited
1956 The Ten Commandments Hebrew Girl at Sphinx Uncredited
1957 Apache Warrior Liwana
1957 The Disembodied Mara, wife of Suba
1957 Man on the Prowl Dorothy Pierce
1959 Gunfighters of Abilene Raquel Torena (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Dore, Shalini (June 1, 2010). "Dancer-thesp Strauss dies, 'Mask of Zorro' star was 75". Variety. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Moody, Mike (2010-05-31). "Actress Eugenia Paul dies, aged 75". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ Downey, Sally A. (June 7, 2010). "Eugenia Strauss, screen actress and arts patron". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 20. Retrieved September 27, 2020 – via
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