Elsa Aguirre

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Elsa Aguirre
Born Elsa Irma Aguirre Juárez.
(1930-09-25) September 25, 1930 (age 83).
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

Elsa Irma Aguirre Juárez (born September 25, 1930) is a Mexican actress of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She is considered as one of the belle divas of the Cinema of Mexico. The actress Alma Rosa Aguirre is her sister.

Early life[edit]

Elsa Aguirre was born in Chihuahua City, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico in 1930. Her family was characterized by its discipline, due to the fact that her father was in the military. Elsa was a very shy girl but nobody imagined that this timid girl would become one of the most sensual actresses of the Mexican cinema. Her siblings are: Hilda, Mario, Alma Rosa and Jesus.

Career[edit]

The beginning of Aguirre's career was fortuitous. She was discovered when she was teenager, in a beauty contest held by a cinematographic production company called CLASA Films Mundiales, which was looking for new talent. Thus, she and her sister Alma Rosa were chosen to appear in their first film called El sexo fuerte in 1945, directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel. Since then, Elsa Aguirre has starred in many types of films such as drama, romance, action, fiction, etc. throughout her career. Elsa Aguirre appeared with her sister Alma Rosa in some of her films.

One of her most unforgettable films is Algo flota sobre el agua (1947) directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna, in which she starred with Arturo de Córdova. Elsa’s beauty inspired a song called Flor de azalea, composed by Zacarías Gómez Urquiza and Manuel Esperón exclusively for her. This song was the soundtrack of this film.

Other films considered among her best are:

  • Cuidado con el amor (1954) directed by Miguel Zacarías, and co-starring Pedro Infante and Eulalio González “Piporro”.
  • Vainilla, bronce y morir (Una mujer más) (1956) directed by Rogelio A. González, co-starring Ignacio López Tarso.
  • Pancho Villa y la Valentina (1958) directed by Ismael Rodríguez and co-starring Pedro Armendáriz.
  • Ama a tu prójimo (1958) directed by Tulio Demicheli, also starring her sister Alma Rosa and Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”, among other productions.

Elsa Aguirre also has appeared in theatre, television series and singing in live shows.

Personal life[edit]

Elsa Aguirre briefly dated some actors such as Jorge Negrete and Eulalio González “Piporro”.

Elsa married three times. The first time was to Armando Rodríguez Morado. They had one son named Hugo, who died in a car accident when he was thirty years old. Elsa and Armando divorced. Her second marriage was to the filmmaker José Bolaños, who was famous in Mexico because he was Marilyn Monroe's Mexican lover.

After the failure of her second marriage, Elsa married yoga instructor José Rafael Estrada Valero. Some journalists confused him with another yoga instructor named José Manuel Estrada Vázquez, mainly because of their similar names and because the latter was her teacher of yoga. Her third marriage ended in divorce.

Elsa Aguirre practices yoga and vegetarianism since the beginning of the 1970s. Over the years, she credits these disciplines in helping her to keep her health and youthful beauty and mind. She conducts conferences about yoga and her beauty secrets.

Elsa has been interested in Oriental philosophies, mainly by her father's influence, who practiced freemasonry.

Awards[edit]

Elsa Aguirre has won many awards and recognitions throughout her career. She has won the Ariel de Oro (Mexican Academy of Film, 2003, Mexico) for her lifetime achievement in the film industry. Shared award with the Film Library of the UNAM.

  • Luminaria de Oro Recognition (2005, Mexico).

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1946 El sexo fuerte
El pasajero diez mil
Don Simón de Lira Blanquita Alas de Cuervo
1947 El ladrón Rosita
1948 Algo flota sobre el agua Something Floats on the Water (International English title)
Los viejos somos así Dalia
Ojos de juventud
1949 Medianoche Midnight (International English title)
1950 La mujer que yo amé
La liga de las muchachas Adorables rebeldes (alternate title)
Lluvia roja
Una mujer decente
1951 Amar fue su pecado
La estatua de carne
1952 Acapulco
Cuatro noches contigo Elsa Peralta
1954 La perversa
Cantando nace el amor
Cuidado con el amor Ana María
1955 Estafa de amor
1956 La doncella de piedra
Orgullo de mujer
Giant uncredited Hollywood production
1957 La mujer de dos caras
Vainilla, bronce y morir (Una mujer más)
1958 Ama a tu prójimo
1960 Pancho Villa y la Valentina La Valentina
1966 La vida de Pedro Infante archive footage
Sólo de noche vienes
Casa de Mujeres
1967 El pistolero desconocido (El comandante Tijerina)
El hijo de todas The Son of All - International English title
La vuelta del mexicano
1968 El día de la boda
1969 El matrimonio es como el demonio Hilda Cervantes
1970 Cómo enfriar a mi marido
El cuerpazo del delito Maria de Jesus 'Chuchet' segment La seductora
Las figuras de arena
Los años vacíos
1977 La muerte de un gallero
1980 Albur de amor
1992 El prófugo
1995 Acapulco, cuerpo y alma Telenovela
1999 Mujeres Engañadas Telenovela
2001 Lo que es el amor Telenovela

Bibliography[edit]

  • Agrasánchez Jr., Rogelio (2001). Bellezas del cine mexicano/Beauties of Mexican Cinema. Archivo Fílmico Agrasánchez. ISBN 968-5077-11-8. 

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