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Isabel Martinez de Peron

Maria Estela Martinez Cartas de Peron , better known as Isabel Martinez de Peron or Isabel Peron, is a former President of Argentina. She was also the third wife of another former President, Juan Peron. During her husband's third term as president, Isabel served as vice president and following her husband's death in office, Isabel served as president from July 1, 1974 to March 24, 1976. She was the first non-royal female head of state and head of government in the Western Hemisphere.

Maria Estela Martinez Cartas was born in La Rioja, Argentina, into a lower middle-class family, daughter of Carmelo Martinez and his wife Maria Josefa Cartas Olguin. She became a nightclub dancer in the early 1950s, adopting a variant of her saint's name, Isabela or Isabel, as her stage name.

She met her future husband during his exile in Panama. Juan Peron, who was 35 years older than she, was attracted to her beauty and believed she could provide him with the female companionship he had been lacking since the death of his second wife, Eva ("Evita") Peron. Isabel gave up her career in show business and became Peron's personal secretary.

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