|Born||in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico|
|Died||in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (suicide)|
|Birth Name||María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos|
|Height||5' (1.52 m)|
Mini Bio (2)
Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis 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 family, and Lupe returned to Mexico to help them out financially. She worked as a salesgirl for a department store for the princely sum of $4 a week. Every week she would turn most of her salary over to her mother, but she kept a little for herself so she could take dancing lessons. With her mature shape and grand personality, she thought she could make a try at show business, which she figured was a lot more glamorous than dancing or working as a salesclerk. In 1924 Lupe started her show business career on the Mexican stage and wowed audiences with her natural beauty and talent. By 1927 she had emigrated to Hollywood, where she was discovered by Hal Roach, who cast her in a comedy with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Douglas Fairbanks then cast her in his feature film The Gaucho (1927) with himself and wife Mary Pickford. Lupe played dramatic roles for five years before she switched to comedy. In 1933 she played the lead role of Pepper in Hot Pepper (1933). This film showcased her comedic talents and helped her to show the world her vital personality. She was delightful. In 1934 Lupe appeared in three fine comedies: Strictly Dynamite (1934), Palooka (1934) and Laughing Boy (1934). By now her popularity was such that a series of "Mexican Spitfire" films were written around her. She portrayed Carmelita Lindsay in Mexican Spitfire (1940), Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940), The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) and Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event (1943), among others. Audiences loved her in these madcap adventures, but it seemed at times that she was better known for her stormy love affairs. She married one of her lovers, Johnny Weissmuller, but the marriage only lasted five years and was filled with battles. Lupe certainly did live up to her nickname. She had a failed romance with Gary Cooper, who never wanted to wed her. By 1943 her career was waning. She went to Mexico in the hopes of jump-starting her career. She gained her best reviews yet in the Mexican version of Naná (1944). Bolstered by the success of that movie, Lupe returned to the US, where she starred in her final film as Pepita Zorita, Ladies' Day (1943). There were to be no others. On December 13, 1944, tired of yet another failed romance, with a part-time actor named Harald Maresch, and pregnant with his child, Lupe committed suicide with an overdose of Seconal. She was only 36 years old.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson
Together with Dolores del Rio, Ramon Novarro, and José Mojica, Lupe Velez was among the few Mexican people who made history in the early years of Hollywood. Vélez's career began in Mexico City, where she lived with her mother and sisters. In 1925, while working in a clothing store, Vélez caught the attention of three theatrical managers, who were impressed by her beauty and grace. Her debut at Teatro Principal was a great success, especially because hours before her first show she was forbidden to act on stage (she wasn't considered a "first-class" actress by the Mexican actors guild). Vélez bravely took a seat in the auditorium, and after the curtain rose she explained her situation to the public. This act of courage gave her instant support and caused her delayed debut to be expected by all Mexico. After that, she was adored by everybody attending musical theater in the capital of Mexico. Her great success, combined with the rising careers of other Latin actors, such as Valentino, Del Río and Novarro, drew the attention of Hollywood mogul Hal Roach, who offered Vélez a contract to make movies. After two bit parts, she got the lead in The Gaucho (1927) with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The start of her Hollywood career can be considered the most successful of all Mexican stars of that era. She had no trouble transitioning from silents to talkies (her most memorable films are those from the the "Mexican spitfire" series of the late '30s). On the other hand, her love life was a disaster; she never recovered from her failed romance with Gary Cooper, who never wanted to marry her. She was married to Johnny Weissmuller, but they divorced after five years. Drugs and alcohol destroyed her life by the age of 34. When she committed suicide at age 36, she was pregnant by young actor Harald Maresch.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Maximiliano Maza <email@example.com>
|Johnny Weissmuller||(8 October 1933 - 1939) ( divorced)|
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