Carmen Maura

Actor, Art gallery manager, Translator
Actress Carmen Maura worked for over a dozen years in film and television in her native Spain before breaking through to international audiences with 1988's award-winning "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. " It ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1945 in Madrid, ES

Filmography

Actor (59)

Untitled (Jim Loach Project) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Witching & Bitching 2014 (Movie)

Graciana (Actor)

Let My People Go! 2013 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

The Women on the Sixth Floor 2011 (Movie)

Concepcion (Actor)

Hemingway's Garden of Eden 2010 (Movie)

Madame Aurol (Actor)

Le Mac 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tetro 2009 (Movie)

Alone (Actor)

El Menor de los males 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Free Zone 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Brietberg (Actor)

Queens 2006 (Movie)

Magda (Actor)

Volver 2006 (Movie)

Abuela Irene (Actor)

Al Otro Lado 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

800 Bullets 2004 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Between Living and Dreaming 2004 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

The Promise 2004 (Movie)

Celia (Actor)

Valentin 2004 (Movie)

Abuela (Actor)

To Be And To Have 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alice and Martin 2000 (Movie)

Jeanine Sauvagnac (Actor)

Clara y Elena 2000 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Clouds 2000 (Movie)

(Spanish language version) (Narrator)

La Comunidad 2000 (Movie)

Julia Garcia (Actor)

Le Harem de Madame Osmane 2000 (Movie)

Madame Osmane (Actor)

The Hold-Up 2000 (Movie)

Maite (Actor)

El Cometa 1999 (Movie)

Lupe (Actor)

El Entusiasmo 1999 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Superlove 1999 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Women 1999 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Lisboa 1998 (Movie)

Berta (Actor)

Tortilla y Cinema 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Couple of Three 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amores Que Matan 1995 (Movie)

Consuelo (Actor)

Le Bonheur est dans le pre 1995 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

The King of the River 1995 (Movie)

Carmen Costa (Actor)

The Lame Pigeon 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Between Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Maria Garcia (Actor)

How To Be Miserable and Enjoy It 1993 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Louis, L'enfant du roi 1993 (Movie)

Queen Of Austria (Actor)

Shadows in a Battle 1993 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

La Reina Anonima 1992 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

Ay, Carmela! 1991 (Movie)

Carmela (Actor)

Chatarra 1991 (Movie)

Zabu (Actor)

Extramuros 1991 (Movie)

Sister Ana (Actor)

How to Be a Woman and Survive 1991 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Dark Habits 1988 (Movie)

Sister Sin (Actor)

Matador 1988 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 (Movie)

Pepa Marcos (Actor)

Baton Rouge 1987 (Movie)

Isabel Harris (Actor)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

Tina Quintero (Actor)

Tatamia 1985 (Movie)

Elvira (Actor)

What Have I Done to Deserve This? 1985 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Se Infiel y no Mires con Quien 1984 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Aquella Casa En Las Afueras 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Hand 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Los Ojos Vendados 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tigres de Papel 1976 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

La Peticion 1975 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

El Hombre Oculto 1969 (Movie)

Young Woman (Actor)

Biography

Actress Carmen Maura worked for over a dozen years in film and television in her native Spain before breaking through to international audiences with 1988's award-winning "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. " It was one of eight films in which Maura was directed by Pedro Almodovar and an ideal showcase of her ability to carry a film with commanding presence, raw emotion, and campy wit. She also made a mark for her daring artistic choices, going beyond the taboo of playing a liberated woman to take on risky roles like a transsexual or drug addicted nun. In the 1980s and 1990s, as Spain recovered from years of artistic oppression under dictator Francisco Franco, the team of Maura and Almodovar emerged as among the most respected figures in contemporary European cinema.

Relationships

Francisco Forteza

Ex-Husband
Married in 1964 and divorced in 1970.

Antonio Maura

Grandfather
well-known figure in contemporary Spanish politics

EDUCATION

has degree in French

Milestones

2006

Co-starred with Penélope Cruz in Almodóvar's "Volver"

2006

Cast opposite Natalie Portman in Amos Gitai's "Free Zone"

2006

Co-starred with Natalie Portman in Amos Gitai's "Free Zone"

1988

Co-starred with Antonio Banderas in "La Mujer de tu vida: La mujer feliz"

1988

Again acted opposite Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

1986

Reteamed with Almodóvar for "Matador"

1984

Appeared in the spanish comedy, "Sal gorda"

1980

Feature film debut in Almodovar's "Pepi, Luci Bom... And a Whole Lot of Other Girls"

1970

Began working as an actress at age 25

Landed a role in the popular Spanish TV series, "Tonight"

At age 20, when working at an art gallery, began career as cafe-theater performer

Hosted popular TV show "Esta Noche/Tonight"

Met Pedro Almodovar when both were cast in production of Sartre's "Dirty Hands"

Acted for a time with the National Drama Center

Became leading actress with the Maria Guerrero Theatre

Worked as translator (of French), cabaret performer and voice over actress (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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She received the National Prize of Cinematography (for acting) from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, 1988

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