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First Name
Lupe

Birthday
1908-07-18

Height
60

Build
Average

Eye Color
Brown - Dark

Hair Color
Brown - Dark

Birthplace
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Zodiac Sign
Cancer

Died
1944-12-13

Place of Death
Beverly Hills, California

Cause of Death
Suicide by overdose sleeping pills

Ethnicity
White

Religion
Roman Catholic

Claim to Fame
The Mexican Spitfire, WAMPAS Baby Star of 1928

Nationality
Mexican

Gender
Female

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Film Role
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack

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Profile Bio Text
The daughter of an army officer and his wife, an opera singer (according to some biographers, a prostitute). Her father refused to let her use his last name in theater, so she used her mother`s maiden name. Lupe was educated at a convent school in Texas. From an early age, she had a strong temper and an explosive personality. She took dancing lessons and in 1924, made her performing debut at the Teatro Principal in Mexico City. In 1923 she moved to Texas, where she began dancing in vaudeville shows and finding work as a sales assistant. She moved to California, where she met the comedienne Fanny Brice, who promoted her career as a dancer. In 1924 she was first cast in movies by Hal Roach. Vélez`s first feature-length film was Douglas Fairbanks`s The Gaucho (1927); the next year, she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, the young starlets deemed to be most promising for movie stardom. Within a few years Vélez found her niche in comedies, playing beautiful but volatile foils to comedy stars. Her slapstick battle with Laurel and Hardy in Hollywood Party and her dynamic presence opposite Jimmy Durante in Palooka (both 1934) are typically enthusiastic Vélez performances. She was featured in the final Wheeler & Woolsey comedy, High Flyers (1937), doing impersonations of Simone Simon, Dolores del Rio, and Shirley Temple. Vélez was now nearing 30 and hadn`t yet become a major star. Disappointed, she left Hollywood for Broadway. In New York, she landed a role in You Never Know, a short-lived Cole Porter musical. After the run of You Never Know, Vélez looked for film work in other countries. Returning to Hollywood in 1939, she snared the lead in a B comedy for RKO Radio Pictures, The Girl from Mexico. She established such a rapport with co-star Leon Errol that RKO made a quick sequel, Mexican Spitfire, which became a very popular series. Vélez perfected her comic character, indulging in broken-English malaprops, troublemaking ideas, and sudden fits of temper bursting into torrents of Spanish invective. She occasionally sang in these films, and often displayed a talent for hectic, visual comedy. Vélez enjoyed making these films and can be seen openly breaking up at Leon Errol`s comic ad libs. The Spitfire films rejuvenated Lupe Vélez`s career, and for the next few years she starred in musical and comedy features for RKO, Universal Pictures, and Columbia Pictures in addition to the Spitfire films. She was very popular with spanish-speaking audiences, and lent her services toward improving the film industry in Mexico. In the mid-1940s, she had a relationship with the young actor Harald Maresch, and became pregnant with his child. Vélez, following her Catholic upbringing, refused to have an abortion. Unable to face the shame of giving birth to an illegitimate child, she decided to take her own life. Her suicide note read, "To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby`s before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe." She retired to bed after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. According to newspaper accounts, her body was found by her secretary and companion for ten years, Beulah Kinder. A well-known urban myth tells that Vélez was ultimately found in the morning with her head in the toilet. Variations on this story include versions in which she had either drowned in the toilet or that she had tripped and was found in the toilet with a broken neck.

Full Name at Birth
Maria Guadaloupe Velez de Villalobos

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Bust (inches)
37

Waist (inches)
26

Hips (inches)
35

Brand Endorsement
Kleenex Tissue (magazine advertisement) [1931], Lux soap (spokesperson) [1935]

Friend
Adrienne Ames, Bruce Cabot, Bing Crosby, Estelle Taylor, Fannie Brice

Pets
Chips (Dog - chihuahua), Chopps (Dog - chihuahua)

Biography (Print)
Lupe Velez, a Medio Siglo de Ausencia [1996] (Moises Vazquez Corona), Lupe Velez: la Mexicana que escupia fuego [1986] (Gabriel Ramirez), Lupe Velez and Her Lovers (Floyd Conner)

Portrayed In
Return to Babylon [2008]

Age
36

Wikipedia Text

María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez (July 18, 1908 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico – December 13, 1944 in Glendale, California), known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer in vaudeville, before moving to the U.S. Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1927 in the film The Gaucho. By the end of the decade she had progressed to leading roles. She worked with film directors like D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Victor Fleming and William Wyler among others. With the arrival of talkies, Vélez's career took a turn towards comedy. Her characterization of the temperamental, explosive, rebellious and irreverent Latina woman gave her enormous popularity. She enjoyed immense popularity among Hispanic audiences and also made some films in Mexico. Some of her most memorable films are Lady of the Pavements (1928), The Wolf Song (1929), Palooka (1933), Laughing Boy (1934), Hollywood Party (1934) and the series of films created especially for her: Mexican Spitfire, in the early 1940s.


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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_V%C3%A9lez

Occupation Text
Actress

Maiden Name
Velez

Official Websites
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6741

Year(s) Active
1927–1944

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