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Remembering Maria Felix

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One of the most important actresses of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Maria Félix was one of the greatest erotic mythical figures of Spanish language films.

Born Maria de los Angeles Félix at 10 AM April 8th, 1914 in Alamos, Sonora MEXICO, she was a self-directed ARIES: very energetic, and with a distinct temper. This was partly due to her SUN’s strong connection to MARS, ruler of ARIES. Her unique talent, and high ferocity flow from her MIDHEAVEN (individuality, career, life direction) on her SUN/URANUS midpoint.

People with strong connections between the SUN (self, purpose, vitality) and planet URANUS (innovation, originality) can have “diva-like” personalities…they have high standards and demand that those around them deliver at the same level. Actors with this combination include Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, Bette Davis, and Erik Estrada.

Her iconic beauty stems from several planetary combinations involving VENUS, planet of love, charm, and attraction. Maria’s SUN/VENUS midpoint at 24 Aries connects strongly to her NEPTUNE at 25 Cancer. NEPTUNE symbolizes ideals; the sublime; glamor; and film. Her VENUS/MARS midpoint (strong sexual appeal) connects with her MOON (emotions; the public).

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Maria Félix’ charisma comes from PLUTO (intense energy, power) within 13 minutes of her ASCENDANT (personal identity, how others see you). Félix married 4 times. 2 marriages ended in divorce. The husbands in the other 2 died. Her first marriage was to executive Enrique Alvarez, who fathered her only child, actor Enrique Alvarez Félix. Her last was banker Alex Berger who, when he died, left Maria his thoroughbred horse racing stable, worth millions.

The 2 other marriages were to celebrities: opera singer and mariachi, Jorge Negrete, who died 11 months after they were married. The most famous of Maria’s husbands was Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara. On their Acapulco honeymoon he wrote Maria Bonita (Pretty Maria) for her. This became one of Lara’s most famous songs and brought Félix international prominence.

Among the famous quotes attributed to Félix are: “Soy la misma mujer de antes; solo que ahora sé lo que valgo; lo que quiero; y lo que merezco.” (“I’m the same woman I was before, but now I know what I’m worth; what I want; and what I deserve.”) And, “Yo seré una mujer más en tu vida; pero tú serás un hombre menos en la mía.” (“I may be one more woman in your life; but you’ll be one less man in mine.”) Maria Félix began her film career in 1942. In 1943 she starred in Doña Barbara and was thereafter lovingly referred to as La Doña (the honorific title, “Dame”). In all she made 47 films, in Mexico and Europe. She declined several Hollywood film offers, including the female role in Duel in the Sun, eventually played by Jennifer Jones.

Her son Enrique starred in numerous Mexican soap operas until a mortal heart attack at age 62. Maria Félix died of one herself on April 8th, 2002, what would have been her 88th birthday. Her body lay in state at the Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). She was interred next to her son and parents. Her films and songs are legendary.

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Romulus Zamora

Romulus Zamora was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, received a BFA from the University of Texas, and an MFA from Florida State University. He served on the theater faculties of UCLA and USC before devoting himself to the practice of Astrology full-time. In his 28 years as a consulting astrologer his clients have included actors, attorneys, executives, politicians and athletes. Contact him at: Romulus@RomulusAstrology.com.

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