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December 3, 2021

María Félix: One of the Most Beautiful Actresses of Mexican Cinema

Born 1914 in Álamos, Sonora, Mexican actress and singer María Félix made her first appearance in the “White and Black Ballroom” of the Mexico City Country Club where some of the great Mexican movie stars of the era (Esther Fernández, Lupe Vélez, Andrea Palma) gathered. Eventually she was taken to Hollywood, to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, where she met Cecil B. DeMille, who offered to launch her film career in Hollywood, but Félix was not interested. She preferred to begin her career in her own country. Finally, thanks to Palacios, she was offered the female lead role in a film by Grovas Productions: El Peñón de las Ánimas, directed by Miguel Zacarías.

Along with Pedro Armendáriz and Dolores del Río, Félix was one of the most successful figures of Latin American cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of Mexican cinema, her taste for the finesse and strong personality garnered her the title of diva early in her career.

Félix was known as La Doña, a name derived from her character in the film Doña Bárbara (1943), and María Bonita, thanks to the anthem composed exclusively for her, as a wedding gift by her second husband, the Mexican composer Agustín Lara. She completed a film career that included 47 films made in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and Argentina.

Félix died in her sleep on 8 April 2002, her 88th birthday in Mexico City. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young María Félix in the 1940s and 1950s.


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