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Lupe Vélez
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RKO publicity photo, 1941
María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez

(1908-07-18)July 18, 1908
San Luis Potosí City, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Died December 14, 1944(1944-12-14) (aged 36)
Resting place Panteón de Dolores, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Actress
  • Dancer
  • Singer
Years active 1924–1944
Johnny Weissmuller
(m. 1933; divorce 1939)
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Lupe Vélez (born María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez; July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944) was a Mexican actress, dancer and singer during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood films.

Vélez began her career as a performer in Mexican vaudeville in the early 1920s. After moving to the United States, she made her first film appearance in a short in 1927. By the end of the decade, she was acting in full-length silent films and had progressed to leading roles in The Gaucho (1927), Lady of the Pavements (1928) and Wolf Song (1929), among others. Vélez then made the transition to sound films without difficulty. She was one of the first successful Latin-American actresses in Hollywood. During the 1930s, her well-known explosive screen persona was exploited in several successful comedic films like Hot Pepper (1933), Strictly Dynamite (1934) and Hollywood Party (1934). In the 1940s, Vélez's popularity peaked after appearing as Carmelita Fuentes in eight Mexican Spitfire films, a series created to capitalize on Vélez's well-documented fiery personality.

Nicknamed The Mexican Spitfire by the media, Vélez's personal life was as colorful as her screen persona. She had several highly publicized romances with Hollywood actors and a stormy marriage with Johnny Weissmuller.

She died on December 14th 1944.

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