Lumi Cavazos

Actor
Gifted and dynamic actress Lumi Cavazos appeared in the Mexican feature "Romelia's Secret" (1989) before landing the role that would prove her breakthrough in Alfonso Arau's "Like Water for Chocolate". In this mystical ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1968 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (18)

7 Days 2007 (Movie)

Lorena (Actor)

The Black Pimpernel 2007 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

Exposed 2005 (Movie)

Laura Silvera (Actor)

A Way Out 2002 (Movie)

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In the Time of the Butterflies 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Atletico San Pancho 2000 (Movie)

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Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

Sister Rosa (Actor)

Mascara 1999 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Sugar Town 1999 (Movie)

Rosio (Actor)

Fiber Optics 1997 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Manhattan Merengue 1997 (Movie)

Rosita (Actor)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

Inez (Actor)

Land of Milk and Honey 1995 (Movie)

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Banditi 1994 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Viva San Isidro! 1994 (Movie)

Antonia (Actor)

Like Water for Chocolate 1993 (Movie)

Tita de la Garza (Actor)

Snakes and Ladders 1991 (Movie)

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Romelia's Secret 1988 (Movie)

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Biography

Gifted and dynamic actress Lumi Cavazos appeared in the Mexican feature "Romelia's Secret" (1989) before landing the role that would prove her breakthrough in Alfonso Arau's "Like Water for Chocolate". In this mystical romance set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, she was Tita, the youngest daughter whom tradition dictates is fated to spend her life in service to her controlling widowed mother. When Tita's true love (played by Italian-born Marco Leonardi, who became Cavazos' offscreen companion) weds her sister in order to stay near to her, she expresses her unconsummated passion through cooking. Cavazos shone in the role, her dark beatific beauty and transcendent performance proved enchanting to international moviegoers, including the surprisingly large audience the film won in the USA. Looking to make the most of her increased visibility to an American audience, the dark-haired actress with the large expressive eyes relocated from her Mexican home to Los Angeles in pursuit of a film career. She went on to act in "Snakes and Ladders" (1992), another Mexican production before appearing opposite Leonardi in Joseph B Vasquez's final film "Manhattan Merengue" (1994). The couple additionally acted together in the Italian features "Banditi" and "Viva San Isidoro" (both 1995). That same year, Cavazos earned her first credit in an official US production with a role in the independent "Land of Milk and Honey". Next up was an impressive comedic turn as a Cuban motel maid romanced by Luke Wilson in Wes Anderson's acclaimed "Bottle Rocket" (1996). While the role was substantial and her work praised by critics, it didn't do as much to further her American film career as it could have, primarily because it required her to speak only Spanish and did not exhibit her improving English-language skills. That opportunity arose with a featured turn in the 1997 TNT original movie "Last Stand at Sabre River", a post-Civil War western starring Tom Selleck and on the Los Angeles stage as photographer Tina Modotti in Andrea Centazzo's modern opera "Tina" in 1998.

Relationships

Marco Leonardi Actor

Companion
born c. 1971 Italian met during filming of "Like Water for Chocolate" in 1991 together since that time acted together in several other projects

Milestones

2000

Had supporting role in the supernatural thriller "Bless the Child"

1999

Played a singer pursuing a married member of her touring back up band in "Sugar Town", a look at the L.A. music scene co-written and co-directed by Alison Anders and Kurt Voss

1999

Starred as a woman struggling to maintain her failing marriage in "Mascara"

1998

Played photographer Tina Modotti in Andrea Centazzo's modern opera "Tina" on the Los Angeles stage

1998

Appeared in the Mexican thriller "Fiber Optics"

1997

Was featured in the post-Civil War Western "Last Stand at Sabre River", a TNT original starring Tom Selleck

1996

Gave a fine comedic performance as a non-English speaking maid in Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket"

1995

First US feature, the independent "Land of Milk and Honey"

1995

Again acted with Leonardi in the Italian features "Banditi" and "Viva San Isidoro!"

1994

Appeared opposite real-life love Marco Leonardi in "Manhattan Merengue"

1992

Starred in the acclaimed film adaptation of Laura Esquivel's Mexican Revolution-set epicurean romance "Like Water for Chocolate"; co-starred with Marco Leonardi

1992

Appeared in the Mexican production "Snakes and Ladders", a coming-of-age 1950s period piece

1989

Appeared in the Mexican feature "Romelia's Secret"

Bonus Trivia

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"In general, [Hollywood] has focused on the problems of the illegals coming to this country when having Latino characters. I don't want to play the typical characters for Latinos. We should break with that stereotype." --Lumi Cavazos quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 31, 1998

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