Amalia Aguilar

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Amalia Aguilar
Born Amalia Rodríguez Carriera
(1924-07-03) July 3, 1924 (age 90)
Matanzas, Cuba
Nationality Mexican
Cuban
Occupation Actress, dancer and singer
Years active 1945–2003
Spouse(s) Raúl Beraún (1956-1962)

Amalia Aguilar (born July 3, 1924) is a Cuban-born Mexican film actress and dancer of the Golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was considered one of the icons of the Rumberas film.

Early life[edit]

Amalia Rodríguez Carriera was born on July 3, 1924 in Matanzas, Cuba. She and her sister Cecilia were stimulated artistically by their parents from her childhood. She studied ballet in Havana, with teachers like Lita Enhart, Lalo Maura and George Harrison. She began her career next to her sister Cecilia being almost a girl under the name of "The Aguilar sisters". The two girls were part of the Cuban Theatre Company. The Aguilar Sisters met in Havana to the famous Cuban dancer Julio Richard, who was looking for young figures for his ballet. Initially, Amalia was rejected by Richard due to her inexperience. After some years, Cecilia got married when they were on tour in Panama, and curiously Julio Richard, was the one who had the idea to take Aguilar to Mexico, calling the attention of producers and entrepreneurs because of her talent and beauty.

Career[edit]

In Mexico, Aguilar debuted at the Theatre Lírico and the main cabarets of Mexico City, as well as in the radio program from the XEW La Hora Mejoral, with Carlos Amador. In the same year, she filmed her first movie Pervertida, beside Ramon Armengod and Emilia Guiú. Her success and fame soon drew the attention of the United States. The Hollywood producers take her to act in some of the major nightclubs in the country.

During her stay in the United States, gets to work alongside stars like Bob Hope, Carmen Miranda, Xavier Cugat and The Lecuona Cuban Boys at the bar of the athlete Joe DiMaggio (husband of Marilyn Monroe). In Hollywood, she films the movie A night in the Follies (1947), with Evelyn West. In Hollywood, the producers intended that Amalia will star in a movie film about the life of Lupe Vélez, but Amalia refused to work in the Hollywood industry and decided to return to Mexico.[1]

Back in Mexico, Aguilar headed a group of musicians called Los Diablos del Trópico, and rejoined to the Mexican cinema in 1948 with the film Conozco a los dos. She worked with Pedro Infante in Dícen que soy mujeriego, and Germán Valdés "Tin Tan" in Calabacitas tiernas. Unlike her other colleagues rumberas, Amalia rarely performed dramas. Rather bent for comedy, performing exhilarating characters.

Aguilar filmed 23 movies in just 10 years alongside figures such as Buster Keaton (El colmillo de Buda, 1949), Sara García (Novia a la medida, 1949), Adalberto Martínez "Resortes" (Al son del mambo, 1950), Prudencia Grifell (Los huéspedes de la Marquesa, 1950), Elvira Quintana (Las viudas del Cha Cha Cha, 1955) and Evangelina Elizondo (Los platillos voladores, 1956), among others.

Her most remembered dramatic character is in the film Amor Perdido (1951), alongside Víctor Junco. Special mention deserves her stake in the musicals of feminist court Las tres alegres comadres, Las interesadas (1952), Mis tres viudas alegres and Las cariñosasa (1953), where she shape famous dumbbell with Lilia del Valle, Lilia Prado (in the first two ) and Silvia Pinal (in the last two).

Retirement[edit]

After her marriage, Aguilar retired from her film career. She resided several years in Peru, where she founded a chain of beauty salons and taquerias. In 1976, she finally returned to Mexico for a musical revue in the Teatro Blanquita with "Resortes" and Rosa Carmina. In 1981, returns to Peru and presents the successful musical revues Perú...te traigo un Son and Salsa Caliente 82.[2]

In 2003, the Mexican film director Rafael Montero, convinces her for a brief appearance in the film Dame tu cuerpo, starring actors Rafael Sánchez Navarro and Luz María Zetina.

In 2010, Aguilar was honored in the city of Miami, Florida, where her career was recognized and was awarded with the keys to the city, from the mayor Tomás Regalado.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married with the Peruvian businessman Raul Beraún. She retired from the films to get pregnant and decided to devote herself to her children and marriage. Her husband dies in a plane crash in 1962. Both procreated three children: Raul, Manuel and Dafne.


Filmography (selected)[edit]

  • Pervertida (1945)
  • A Night in the Follies (1947)
  • Dicen que soy mujeriego (1949)
  • Calabacitas Tiernas (1949)
  • Novia a la medida (1949)
  • El Colmillo de Buda (1949)
  • Al son del Mambo (1950)
  • Ritmos del Caríbe (1950)
  • Los Huespedes de la Marquesa (1950)
  • Amor Perdido (1951)
  • Delirio Tropical (1952)
  • Las Tres Alegres Comadres (1953)
  • Las Interesadas (1953)
  • Mis Tres Viudas Alegres (1953)
  • Las Cariñosas (1954)
  • Las Viudas del Cha Cha Cha (1955)
  • Los platillos Voladores (1956)
  • Dame tu Cuerpo (2003)


Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muñóz Castillo, Fernando. Las Reinas del Trópico, México, 1993, ed.Grupo Azabache, p.126
  2. ^ Muñóz Castillo, Fernando. Las Reinas del Trópico, México, 1993, ed.Grupo Azabache, p.128
  3. ^ Vedette cubana Amalia Aguilar recibirá las llaves de la Ciudad de Miami

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