Helena Rojo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Enríquez and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.
Helena Rojo
Born María Elena Enríquez Ruiz
(1944-08-18) August 18, 1944 (age 70)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1968-present
Spouse(s) Juan Ferrara (divorce)
Benjamín Fernández (?-present)
Children Leo, Patricia & Elena

Helena Rojo (born María Elena Enríquez Ruiz on August 18, 1944 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican actress and model.

Biography[edit]

Born Mexico City, Mexico, she began her career as a model in the early-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, she studied drama with renown Mexican directors Carlos Ancira and José Luis Ibáñez, making her film debut in 1968 in the film El club de los suicidas. That same year, Helena also appeared in her second film, Los amigos. She continued working as a model and appearing in small film roles in the late 60's and early 70's.

In 1969, she signed an exclusivity contract with Productora Cinematográfica Marte. Later, she began expanding her acting career into television and theater. In 1974, her first television role was the lead in the telenovela Extraño en su pueblo. She was married to actor Juan Ferrara for many years. Currently, she is married to Benjamín Fernández, who is not in the entertainment industry. She is the mother of three children: Leo, Patricia and Elena, all from her first marriage.

Helena's cinematic career lead her to work with the most important Mexican film directors of the 1970s and 80's, such as Felipe Cazals, Arturo Ripstein, Rafael Corkidi, Alberto Bojórquez, Marcela Fernández Violante and Jorge Fons, among others.

She has worked with international talent, such as German director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski with a role in the film Aguirre, the Wrath of God. She also appeared in the film Fox Trot (1976), directed by Arturo Ripstein and alongside actors Charlotte Rampling, Peter O'Toole and Max von Sydow.

In 2006 she appeared on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty, where she plays a mother who tries to steer her son away from the stepmother who has eyes for him on a 'faux' telenovela that is watched on TV by the main character's family

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Character Note
2010 Catarsis La madre Film
2008 Amor letra por letra Fabiola Film
1994 Luces de la noche Tina Film
1993 Guerrero negro Eva Film
1992 Los Años de Greta Nora Film
1992 Una Luz en la escalera Adriana Bernal Film
1991 Muerte ciega Alisa Film
1990 Reto a la vida Elena Film
1988 Don't Panic/Dimensiones ocultas Mrs. Smith Film
1983 En el país de los pies ligeros Film
1980 Misterio Silvia Film
1978 The Children of Sanchez Film
1978 La Sucesion Film
1976 La Gran Aventura Del Zorro Elena Film
1976 Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary Greta Film
1976 La Casa del Sur Elena Film
1975 Foxtrot Alexandra Film
1975 Más negro que la noche Pilar Film
1974 Payo - un hombre contra el mundo Lupe Film
1973 Los Perros de Dios Laura Film
1972 Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes Inez Film
1972 Aquellos años Carlota Film
1972 Espejismo Film
1972 Ángeles y querubines' Angela Film
1972 Victoria Film
1971 Los Cachorros Tere Film
1971 Una vez un hombre Film
1971 Fin de fiesta Elena Film
1971 Muñeca reina Laura Film
1971 El Sabor de la venganza Rina Pittman Film
1969 Siempre hay una primera vez Isabel Film
1968 Los Amigos Film
1968 El Club de los suicidas Film

Television[edit]

Year Title Character Note
2014 El Color de la Pasión Milagros Fuentes Telenovela, antagonist
2012 Por Ella Soy Eva Eugenia Mistral Telenovela, supporting role
2009 Locas de amor Norma Tv Series
2009-10 Corazón salvaje Leonarda Montes de Oca de Vidal Telenovela, main antagonist
2008-09 Cuidado con el Angel Cecilia de Velarde Telenovela, supporting role
2007 Amor sin Maquillaje Inés Telenovela, supporting role
2006-07 Mundo de Fieras Miriam de Rivas del Castillo Telenovela, antagonist
2006 Ugly Betty Cameo Tv Series
2005 Peregrina Sabina Telenovela, supporting role
2004-05 Inocente de Ti Raquel/Rebeca Linares-Robles Telenovela, Main antagonist
2003 Amor real Doña Augusta Curiel de Penalver y Beristain Telenovela, antagonist
2000-01 Abrázame muy fuerte Damiana / Juliana Guillen Telenovela, antagonist
2000 Ramona Doña Ramona Gonzaga Viuda de Moreno Telenovela, main antagonist
1998-99 El privilegio de amar Luciana Duval Telenovela, adult protagonist
1997 Gente bìen Rebeca Balmori Telenovela, co-protagonist
1995-96 Retrato de familia Cecilia Mariscal Telenovela, protagonist
1992-93 Las secretas intenciones Antonieta Alcantara Telenovela, main antagonist
1984 La traición Antonia Guerra Telenovela, protagonist
1981 Extraños caminos del amor Isabela Telenovela, protagonist
1978 La hora del silencio Bárbara Telenovela, protagonist
1977 La venganza María Olivares/Alejandra Balmaseda Telenovela, protagonist
1976 Mañana será otro dia Paola Telenovela, supporting role
1974 Extraño en su pueblo Isaura Telenovela, protagonist

Theater performances[edit]

  • 10 el marido perfecto (10, The Perfect Husband)
  • Lecciones para casadas (Lectures for Married Women)
  • Se infiel y no mires con quien (Be Unfaithful with Whomever)
  • Cena de Matrimonios (Dinner with Friends)
  • Me enamoré de una bruja (I Married a Witch)
  • La mujer del pelo rojo (The Redheaded Woman)
  • Pecado en la isla de las cabras (Sin on the Isle of Goats)
  • La Ronda de las Arpías (Song of the Harpies)
  • Una oferta inmoral (Indecent Proposal)
  • Yo miento, tú mientes, todos mentimos (I Lie, You Lie, We All Lie)
  • Bajo Cero (Frozen)

Awards[edit]

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