Eugenia Paul (Eugenia Popoff)

Eugenia Paul

Eugenia Paul (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. Paul was born Eugenia Popoff in Dearborn, Michigan of Russian heritage. 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. Paul danced in lead roles on screen. She also studied ballet with Bronislava Nijinska and drama and acting under Michael Chekhov. Paul departed Warner Bros. and signed with 20th Century Fox as an actor in 1955. She was best known for her role as Elena Torres in Zorro television series. Her 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. Eugenia Paul’s film credits including Lost in Alaska, Apache Warrior and The Ten Commandments. Her last feature film role was in the Gunfighters of Abilene in 1960. Following her role in the picture “Gunfighters of Abilene” (1960), she retired from the entertainment industry to raise her family with Robert Strauss, the heir to the Pep Boys auto store fortune whom she married during the 1950s. They remained married for 52 years, until her death in 2010. Eugenia Paul Strauss died on May 24, 2010, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 75. She was survived by her husband, Bob Strauss, two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.

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  • March, 03, 1935
  • USA
  • Dearborn, Michigan


  • May, 24, 2010
  • USA
  • West Palm Beach, Florida


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  • Boca Raton, Florida
  • USA

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