Mexican Movie Star Maria Felix Remembered

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 Google Doodle Was Created by Artist Paulette Jo

 

María Félix, the accomplished Mexican film actress who was known for defying stereotypes and famously turning down Hollywood roles, would have turned 104 years-old on Sunday, April 8, 2018. To celebrate her birthday, Google is honoring her with her own Google Doodle. The Mexican star, who died in April 8,2002 at age 87, acted in more than 47 films in her lifetime and was a muse to famous artists and writers like Diego Rivera and Jean Cocteau.

 

Homenage al Cine Mexicano Vogue 2

 

Her incredible career spanned more than three decades. The entire time she “reigned as the supreme goddess of Spanish-language cinema,” according to her New York Times obituary.

 

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Félix did not speak English, which ultimately prevented her from pursing meaningful work in Hollywood (aside from the generic offers to play “Latin spitfires” which she rejected), but she acted in films everywhere from Mexico, Spain, France and Italy to Argentina. She landed her first part in 1942 in the well-known film El Peñón de las Ánimas. It was during the filming of El Peñón that “her offscreen defiance of famous co-star Jorge Negrete (who she eventually married) earned her the reputation for toughness that followed her throughout her life and career.

 

 

She came to embody the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema almost overnight, becoming an international sensation and force of nature who attracted fascinated fans from across the globe.

 

 Maria Felix in Nightgown

 Maria Félix wearing a lace nightgown in the film La belle Otéro in 1954
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Maria in Red Pants


Félix was known not just for her bold personality, but also as an influencer of culture and fashion. Designers like Christian Dior and Cartier Paris made custom clothing and jewelry for the dynamite film icon, Google wrote. But her charisma and power on movie sets also allowed her to have a say over things like lighting, set design and wardrobe, decisions usually reserved for the male-dominated roles of directors and producers.

 

prensa boda con Jorge Negrete

 

The film icon’s personal life was just as passionate and fiery as her on-screen life. Félix was married four times and broke the hearts of many famous men over the course of her lifetime, according to the Times.

 

Enrique Alvarez Felix

She Had Enrique Álvarez Félix at the Age of 19 

 

Maria Felix over Gold Paintings

 

Her biographer Paco Ignacio Taibo described Félix as someone unlike anyone else in cinema at the time: ”This was the appearance of a personality who had nothing to do with the rest of Mexican cinema,” Taibo writes in his book. ”María was not only a singular beauty. She had a lofty bearing that stood in complete contrast to the traditionally submissive Mexican actress.”

 

 Mara Felix Coloriozed

 

 Maria Felix and Diego Rivera

Maria Felix Being Painted by Master Paintor Diego Rivera 

 

 The Lost Painting of Maria Felix

 

 

The missing paintings were found and recovered in perfect condition. They are now part of the Maria Felix Foundation. The foundation is in a traveling tour visiting different museums around the country in 2018. The first stop of the traveling exhibition: The "North-East Museum" located in Maria Felix's native Monterrey in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

 

 

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