José María Fernández Unsáin

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José María Fernández Unsáin
Born José María Fernández Unsáin
(1918-08-10)August 10, 1918
Paraná, Argentina
Died June 18, 1997(1997-06-18) (aged 78)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Janos Benedek, Coco
Cacho, Pompon
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Years active 1935–1997
Spouse(s) Maria Elena Durañona y Vedia (1950-?)
Zoe Ducós (?-?)
Olivia Michelle (1959-?)
Jacqueline Andere (1967-1997) (his death)
Children Jose Maria, Isabel Maria, Lautaro, Jose María fernández Michelle, Chantal Andere

José María Fernández Unsáin (August 10, 1918 – June 18, 1997) was an Argentinan film director, screenwriter and playwright.


Although he studied medicine, Fernández Unsain chose literature as his career.

He was exiled to Mexico after the 1955 Revolución Libertadora, because of his cultural relationship with Eva Perón and The National Theatre or Comedy, Cervantes National Theatre (first director), and the Labour Worker Theatre of the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) (founder with others artists and directors).

He migrated to Mexico in 1958 and worked on the screenplays of hundreds of films over the next several decades, including Sinful. He also directed a number of films in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1976, Fernández Unsain became the president of the newly formed SOGEM (Sociedad General de Escritores de Mexico), an organization which strives to guarantee the rights of authors. He held this post until his death in 1997.

Fernández Unsain is survived by his widow, actress Jacqueline Andere (he had previously been married to actress Olivia Michelle and to Argentine actress Zoe Ducós), and four children, including daughter Chantal Andere, an actress and singer.

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