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Didn't mean to let these two farewells slip by.
After the death of Luise Rainer, Lupita Tovar held the title of 'The Oldest Living Screen Star of Note' for a few years. She died Sunday at the 106 years of age so here's to enduring genes. The Mexican actress's original claim to fame was starring in the Spanish version of the famous horror picture Dracula (1931). Though her last movie was in 1945 she continued to affect the movies via her gene pool »
- NATHANIEL R
Born the oldest of nine in a poor and very religious household in a small town in the southernmost part of Mexico, Tovar moved with her family to Mexico City in the later years of the Mexican Revolution. It was there, as a teenager studying dance and gymnastics, that she was discovered by Robert Flaherty, the docu-fiction film pioneer who directed Nanook Of The North and Man Of Aran. At the time, Flaherty was preparing his collaboration with F.W. Murnau, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, and he wanted Tovar for the lead role. However, after coming to Hollywood, she ended up signing a contract with Fox; Tovar would later claim that this was an attempt by the studio to get back ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Lupita Tovar, a groundbreaking Mexican-American actress who starred in the 1931 Spanish-language Dracula and in 1932’s Santa, one of Mexico’s first narrative sound films, died Friday in Los Angeles. The 106-year-old former actress was a matriarch to an enduring Hollywood dynasty that includes grandsons Chris and Paul Weitz, the film directors and writers, and entertainment attorney Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn in La. Granddaughter Melissa Kohner is a clinical psychologist… »
Her niece, Lucy Tovar, confirmed the news on Facebook. The Washington Post reports that she died in her Los Angeles home.
Tovar was widely considered Hollywood royalty, and not only for her own impact in Mexican cinema. She was married high-powered Hollywood producer Paul Kohner, and became the matriarch to a family that was involved in the entertainment industry for generations. Her daughter, Susan Kohner, received an Oscar nomination for her role in “Imitation of Life” in 1959, and her grandsons, Chris and Paul Weitz, co-directed such movies as “American Pie” in 1999 and “About a Boy” in 2002.
Tovar was discovered by talent scouts at the age of 16, and would go on to appear in a handful of films in the silent era. Once the »
- Alex Stedman
Rock singer and songwriter Leon Russell died in Nashville on Sunday at the age of 74. His wife stated on his website that he died in his sleep. Russell had a heart attack in July. The musician worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and The Temptations. Also Read: 'Dracula' Actress Lupita Tovar Dies at 106 Russell’s career spanned more than five decades. As a teenager he began playing in Tulsa, Oklahoma clubs with his group the Starlighters, which also included guitarist J.J. Cale. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950s and. »
- Meriah Doty
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