Angélica Aragón

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Angélica Aragón
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Born Angélica Espinoza Stransky
(1953-07-11) July 11, 1953 (age 61)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress

Angélica Aragón (Spanish pronunciation: [aŋˈxelika aɾaˈɣon]; born July 11, 1953) is a Mexican actress of telenovelas and such films as Dune, A Walk in the Clouds, Bella, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Vivir un poco, Mirada de mujer, Novia que te vea, and the blockbuster film Sexo, pudor y lágrimas.

Early life[edit]

Aragón was born Angélica Espinoza Stransky in Mexico City, the daughter of composer José Ángel Espinoza. Aragón was raised in a family of intellectuals. She attended The Modern American College, The Sierra Nevada School and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) for almost seven years. She also lived in India, where she studied at The National Dance Academy and the Kerala Kelandam Dance School. Her mother Sonya Stransky Echeverria died on December 14th 2012 in Mexico City.

Career (movies and tv)[edit]

Back in Mexico, Aragón joined the ranks of Televisa and made several telenovelas in the 1980s and 1990s while she acted in films such as Toy Soldiers with Tim Robbins, The Evil That Men Do with Charles Bronson and the cult film Dune. She played mostly roles of socialite women and also the role of a noble indigenous woman in De frente al sol ("Looking straight at the Sun"). She played the role of the wife of songwriter Álvaro Carrillo in the motion picture Sabor a mí (With the Flavor of Me), alongside José José, "El Príncipe de la Canción", who played the songwriter in the movie. Her telenovelas career includes successful hits as Vanessa (1982), with Lucía Mendez, Chispita (1983), Vivir un poco (1985), Días sin luna (1989), Mas alla del puente (1993) with Katy Jurado and Cañaveral de Pasiones. At the age of 44, after years of not receiving lead roles in Televisa, a company that focuses mainly on younger stars, she obtained a role on the second telenovela of new station TV Azteca titled Mirada de mujer ("A woman's glance") portraying, ironically, an aging woman who is neglected by her husband and finds love in the arms of a younger man. Such bold move paid-off and the telenovela was a big success. She also appeared in the sequel Mirada de mujer: El regreso, as well as the film Sexo, pudor y lágrimas.

In 2006 Angélica participated in the film Bella which received the top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the highly-coveted Peoples Choice Award. As of 2007, Angélica is working as a director of Sueña (Dream), a play which is shown at the Independence Theatre in Mexico City, with Irma Lozano, Aarón Hernán and Miguel Garza.

Telenovelas[edit]

  • A Corazón Abierto as Elena (2011)
  • Ni una vez mas as Azalea (2005-6)
  • Mirada de mujer: El regreso as María Inés Domínguez de San Millán (2003)
  • Por tí (2002)
  • Todo por amor as Carmen (2000)
  • Marea brava (1999)
  • La chacala (1998) as The Devil
  • Mirada de mujer as María Inés Domínguez de San Millán (1997)
  • Cañaveral de Pasiones as Josefina, director (1996)
  • Agujetas de color de rosa as Bertha (1994)
  • Más allá del puente as Chole (1994)
  • De frente al sol as Chole (1992)
  • En carne propia as Magdalena Ovalle de Muriel (1990)
  • Días sin luna as Lucía (1990)
  • La casa al final de la calle as Leonor Altamirano Najera (1989)
  • Cuna de lobos as Amelia Larios(1986)
  • Vivir un poco as Andrea Santos de Merisa-Oregon (1985)
  • Principessa as Fernanda (1984)
  • Chispita as Lucía (1983)
  • La fiera as La Costeña (1983)
  • Vanessa as Luisa (1982)
  • El hogar que yo robé as Genoveva (1981)
  • Sandra y Paulina as Isabel (1980)
  • El amor tiene cara de mujer (1971)

Films[edit]

Hollywood[edit]

Mexican cinema[edit]

  • El quinto mandamiento (2012)
  • Tequila (2011)
  • El Atentado (2010)
  • Recién Cazado (2010)
  • Todos Hemos Pecado (2009)
  • Guadalupe (2006)
  • La mujer de mi hermano (2005)
  • Tres (2005)
  • Zapata: El sueño de un héroe as Waitress #1 (2004)
  • Desnudos (2004)
  • El crimen del padre Amaro as Augustina Sanjuanera (2002)
  • ¿Y si Cristóbal despierta? as Mariana (2000)
  • El grito as Blanca (2000)
  • Crónica de un desayuno as Paloma (1999)
  • Sexo, pudor y lágrimas as Carlos' mother (1999)
  • Entre la tarde y la noche (1999)
  • Fibra óptica as Doña Carmen (1998)
  • Ámbar as Adrianina (1997)
  • De muerte natural (1996)
  • En el aire as Teresa (1995)
  • Cilantro y perejil as Teresa (1995)
  • Sucesos distantes as Irene Gorenko (1994)
  • Novia que te vea as Oshinika's Mother (1993)
  • Gertrudis Bocanegra (1992)
  • Pueblo de madera as a corner shop owner (1990)
  • Goitia, un dios para sí mismo (1988)
  • La furia de un dios (1987)
  • Lamberto Quintero as María de los Ángeles (1987)
  • Sabor a mí" as Ana María (1987)

Political activities[edit]

Aragón is an activist, mainly in Mexico but also outside Mexico. She has been working pro women (against sexual abuse, in favor of the obtainment and promotion of better labor and socioeconomic conditions for women). A lot of manifiestos (statements) have been signed by Angélica Aragón, alongside the signatures of many other writers, directors, actors, actresses and, in general, Mexican and foreign intellectuals.

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