Lupe Velez

Actor, Dancer
One of the first Mexican actresses to become a Hollywood success, Lupe Vlez 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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1908 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (19)

Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

Herself/Jaguar Woman (Actor)

East Is West (Movie)

Ming Toy (Actor)

High Flyers (Movie)

Juanita Morales (Actor)

Honolulu Lu (Movie)

Consuelo Cordoba (Actor)

Ladies' Day (Movie)

Pepita Zorita (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire Out West (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire at Sea (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire's Baby (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

Playmates (Movie)

Carmen del Torre (Actor)

Strictly Dynamite (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

The Cuban Love Song (Movie)

Nanita (Actor)

The Gaucho (Movie)

The Mountain Girl (Actor)

The Girl from Mexico (Movie)

Carmelita Lindsay (Actor)

The Squaw Man (Movie)

Naturich (Actor)

The Storm (Movie)

Manette Fachard (Actor)

Where East Is East (Movie)

Toyo Haynes (Actor)

Wolf Song (Movie)

Lola Salazar (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Gary Cooper Actor

Companion
involved from late 1920s until his marriage to Sandra Shaw in 1933

Harald Raymond

Companion
the pregnant Velez commited suicide when Raymond refused to marry her in 1944

Johnny Weissmuller Actor

Husband
Married in 1933 divorced in 1938 their tumultuous marriage was often fodder for the tabloids

Milestones

1943

Final film, "Nana"

1939

Starred in "The Girl from Mexico", the first of seven "Mexican Spitfire" movies

1937

Reutned to Mexico to film drama "La Zandunga"

1934

Broadway debut, "Hot Cha!"

1932

First comedy role, "The Half-Naked Truth"

1927

Film debut, "What Women Did for Me"

1927

First leading role, "The Gaucho"

1927

US stage debut, "The Music Box Review"

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