Yma Sumac, April 24, 1957


Former Los Angeles Police Detective Fred Otash gets some rough treatment during a brawl at Yma Sumac’s home in 1957.

By Jack Smith

Yma Sumac’s home yesterday was the scene of the champion brawl in Hollywood’s history–featuring the Peruvian beauty herself,
her estranged husband, two hot-blooded Inca dancers, three private
detectives, a male Peruvian harpist and a collie dog named Prince.

The head-thumping, hair-pulling Donnybrook took place in the entry hall
of the Cheviot Hills home as the tension in the Sumac household finally
snapped into a shrieking extravaganza with sound effects in two
languages, not to mention the barking of the dog.

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1 Response to Yma Sumac, April 24, 1957

  1. James Byrne says:

    Yma Sumac didn’t do things by halves, that is certain.


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