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Lupe Velez

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Tempestuous Mexican actress Lupe Velez parlayed her voluptuous figure and tireless energy into a south-of-the-border musical comedy career before she was 20. In 1926, Velez moved to Hollywood, where she secured a role in The Music Box Revue and was featured in a handful of Hal Roach two-reelers. Her first major role in a feature film was as Douglas Fairbanks' fiery vis-à-vis in The Gaucho (1928); she made her talkie debut in D.W. Griffith's Lady of the Pavements. In 1933, she married Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller, a union distinguished by loud, headline-grabbing public spats; they were divorced in 1938. The following year, with her career in the doldrums, Velez starred in an RKO programmer called The Girl From Mexico; this led to the popular Mexican Spitfire series, in which the irrepressible Velez was teamed with rubber-legged character comedian Leon Errol. She returned to Mexico in 1944 to star in Nana, which was not the success she hoped it would be. In December of that year, Lupe Velez killed herself with an overdose of sleeping pills.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event
  • Carmelita Lindsey
1943
No Score Yet Redhead from Manhattan
  • Rita Manners / Elaine Manners
1943
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire at Sea
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1942
No Score Yet Playmates
  • Carmen del Toro
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1940
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire
  • Carmelita Lindsay
1940
No Score Yet La Zandunga
  • Lupe
1938
No Score Yet Mad About Money
  • Carla de Huleva
1937
No Score Yet Gypsy Melody
  • Mila
1936
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Herself/Jaguar Woman
1934
No Score Yet Palooka
  • Nina Madero
1934
No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth
  • Teresita
1932
No Score Yet Kongo
  • Tula
1932
No Score Yet The Cuban Love Song
  • Nenita Lopez
1931
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man)
  • Naturich
1931
No Score Yet The Storm
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Hell Harbor
  • Anita Morgan
1930
No Score Yet Where East Is East
  • Toyo
1929
No Score Yet The Gaucho
  • The Mountain Girl
1927

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