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      Lupe Velez

      Lupe Velez

      Highest Rated: 91% The Gaucho (1927)

      Lowest Rated: 75% The Girl From Mexico (1939)

      Birthday: Jul 18, 1908

      Birthplace: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

      One of the first Mexican actresses to become a Hollywood success, Lupe Vélez was aptly named "The Mexican Spitfire" due to her feisty onscreen persona that often translated behind the scenes as well. After a start as a dancer in her native Mexico, Vélez moved to Hollywood where she made her film debut in "Sailors, Beware!" (1927) and quickly landed her first major part opposite Douglas Fairbanks in "The Gaucho" (1927). From there, she starred in D.W. Griffith's "Lady of the Pavements" (1929) and Victor Fleming's "Wolf Song" (1929), which led to a highly-publicized romance with Gary Cooper. In fact, her personal life - which consisted of many affairs with the top leading men of her day - was a constant subject of press fascination and often overshadowed her work on screen. She eventually found a niche and strong degree of popularity in comedies like "The Half-Naked Truth" (1932) and "Palooka" (1933), but was ultimately unsatisfied and tried her hand at Broadway while appearing in a handful of Mexican films. Vélez found her way back to Hollywood in 1939 and rejuvenated her career with the popular "Mexican Spitfire" series. Despite her renewed success, Vélez opted for suicide in 1944 amidst the shame of an illegitimate pregnancy that cut short a turbulent life that had failed to live up to its true potential.

      Highest rated movies

      91% The Gaucho
      90% Mexican Spitfire
      83% Kongo
      75% The Girl From Mexico

      Photos

      WHERE EAST IS EAST, Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, 1929 LADIES' DAY, Lupe Velez, 1943 LADIES' DAY, Lupe Velez, 1943 LADIES' DAY, Lupe Velez, Eddie Albert, 1943 MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S BABY, Lupe Velez, in a beige felt pillbox and a gold brooch set with aquamarine, rubies and diamonds, 1941 WHERE EAST IS EAST, Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, 1929 WHERE EAST IS EAST, from left: Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, 1929 HOT PEPPER, Lupe Velez, 1933, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved SIX LESSONS FROM MADAME LA ZONGA, Lupe Velez, 1941 RESURRECTION, Lupe Velez, 1931 SIX LESSONS FROM MADAME LA ZONGA, from left: Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, 1941 PLAYMATES, John Barrymore, Lupe Velez, 1941 HELL HARBOR, Lupe Velez, 1930 HONOLULU LU, Marjorie Gateson, Leo Carrillo, Lupe Velez, 1941 WHERE EAST IS EAST, Lloyd Hughes, Lupe Velez, 1929 HOT PEPPER, Victor McLaglen, Lupe Velez, Edmund Lowe, 1933, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved HOLLYWOOD PARTY, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Lupe Velez, 1934 THE CUBAN LOVE SONG, front: Lupe Velez; back (from left): Ernest Torrence, Lawrence Tibbet, Jimmy Durante, 1931 PLAYMATES, Lupe Velez, Kay Kyser, 1941 PALOOKA, Jimmy Durante, Stuart Erwin, Lupe Velez, 1934

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies' Day Pepita Zorita (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire at Sea Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playmates Carmen del Toro (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Honolulu Lu Consuelo Cordoba (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga Madame La Zonga (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1940
      90% 50% Mexican Spitfire Carmelita Lindsay (Character) - 1939
      75% No Score Yet The Girl From Mexico Carmelita Fuentes (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet He Loved an Actress Carla de Huelva (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About Money Carla de Huelva (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stardust Carla de Huelva (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Flyers Juanita (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Vera (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 27% Hollywood Party The Jaguar Woman/Jane in Schnarzan Sequence/Herself (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 33% Palooka Nina Madero (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughing Boy Slim Girl (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pepper Pepper (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth Teresita (Character) - 1932
      83% 62% Kongo Tula (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Broken Wing Lolita (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Squaw Man Naturich (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cuban Love Song Nenita Lopez (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Harbor Anita Morgan (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Is West Ming Toy (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storm Unknown (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 57% Where East Is East Toyo Haynes (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady of the Pavements Nanon del Rayon (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wolf Song Lola Salazar (Character) - 1929
      91% 90% The Gaucho The Mountain Girl (Character) - 1927