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Lupe Velez (1908–1944)

Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion roller-skater but that would change. Life was hard for her ... See full bio »

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 1944 Naná
 1943 Redhead from Manhattan
Rita Manners / Elaine Manners
 1938/II Stardust
Carla de Huelva
 1938 La zandunga
 1937 High Flyers
Juanita - the Maid
 1936 Gypsy Melody
 1934 Hollywood Party
The Jaguar Woman / Jane in Schnarzan Sequence
 1934 Strictly Dynamite
 1934 Laughing Boy
Slim Girl
 1933 Hot Pepper
 1932 Kongo
 1932 Hombres de mi vida
Julia Clark
 1931 The Cuban Love Song
 1930 Oriente es Occidente
Ming Toy
 1930 East Is West
Ming Toy
 1930 Hell Harbor
Anita Morgan
 1929 Tiger Rose
 1929 Where East Is East
Toyo Haynes
 1929 The Wolf Song
Lola Salazar
 1928 Stand and Deliver
Jania - a Peasant Girl
 1927 The Gaucho
The Mountain Girl
 1927 Sailors, Beware! (Short)
Baroness Behr (uncredited)
 1927 What Women Did for Me (Short)
The Dean's Daughter
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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 10 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lupe Vélez


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[on divorcing Johnny Weissmuller] Marriage - eet stinks. See more »


She had one brother and two sisters. When she was a child, her father, a Mexican Army officer, died during a revolution, and she had to work for a living. Her mother was an opera singer (though some say, she was a prostitute), with whom she first saw what stage life was like. See more »


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