Today in 1914 the great Mexican actress Maria Felix was born in Alamos, Sonora. The great beauty once said “It’s not enough to be pretty. You have to know how to be pretty.” And she did taking her great beauty to great heights in 47 films. Most of her well known film credits occurred during the 1940s – Mexico’s golden age of cinema.
It was her beauty, however, that opened doors and Felix was often referred to as “the most beautiful face in the history of Mexican cinema.” In1985 Mexico recognized her with a lifetime achievement award and the French who adored her, honored Felix with the Commandeur de l’ordre des arts et des lettres – becoming the first Mexican and Latin American woman to be bestowed such an honor. Felix was often on the world’s best dressed list and was honored for her commitment to fashion by Italian and French couture houses.
Some of Felix’s best films are some of the most well known in Mexican cinematic history and include ‘Doña Barbara’, ‘Enamorada’ and ‘Rio Escondido’.
Felix was also a mainstay in Latin American gossip columns for her tumultuous personal life that including multiple marriages, custody battles and torrid love affairs with famous men including muralist Diego Rivera. She was married four times, a list that included some of Mexico’s most famous creative talents: actor Jorge Negrete (her third husband) and singer-composer Agustin Lara (her second husband).
Felix passed away on her 88th birthday on April 8, 2002.
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