Mexican Actress María Félix Celebrated on the Centennial of Her Birth
Today marks the centennial of the birth of famed Mexican actress María Félix. Born María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña in the small town of Álamos, Sonora, María is said to have been discovered as she was walking down a street in Mexico City, where she moved soon after divorcing her first husband at the age of 24. She would be married another four times. Once to fellow actor, Jorge Negrete, and another to musician, Agustín Lara, who composed "María Bonita” as a loving tribute and wedding gift.
Considered brash and arrogant by some, but admired for her wit and impeccable style by many more, María Félix is widely considered the most beautiful and charismatic leading lady of Mexican cinema’s Golden Age. Nicknamed “la doña” (the boss lady), her bright star still shines for many inspired by her words and style.
Theaters, museums, and civil institutions in Mexico City, New York City, and other parts of the world, honored María Bonita today by recognizing her contributions to the arts.
Félix died 12 years ago today on her birthday, April 8, 2002. She was 88.
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