Míriam Colón

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Míriam Colón
Miriam Colon 1962.jpg
Míriam Colón in 1962 in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Strange Miracle".
Born Míriam Colón Valle
(1936-08-20) 20 August 1936 (age 78)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953-present
Spouse(s) Fred Valle (?-present)

Míriam Colón (August 20, 1936) is a Puerto Rican actress and the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City.

Early years[edit]

Colón (birth name: Míriam Colón Valle[note 1]) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was a young girl in the 1940s when her recently divorced mother moved the family to a public housing project called "Residencial Las Casas", located in Barrio Obrero, San Juan. She attended the Román Baldorioty de Castro High School in Old San Juan, where she actively participated in the school's plays. Her first drama teacher, Marcos Colón (no relation) believed that she was very talented and with his help she was permitted to observe the students in the "Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico". She was a good student in high school and was awarded scholarships that enabled her to enroll in the "Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institute" and also in "The Lee Strasburg Acting Studio" in New York City.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1953, Colón debuted as an actress in Peloteros (Baseball Players), starring Ramón (Diplo) Rivero, a film produced in Puerto Rico, and in which she played a character called "Lolita."[1]

That year, Colón moved to New York City, where she was accepted by Actors Studio co-founder Elia Kazan after a single audition,[2][3] thus becoming the Studio's first Puerto Rican member.[4] In New York, Colón worked in theater and later landed a role on the soap opera Guiding Light. On one occasion she attended a performance of Rene Marques' La Carreta (The Oxcart). That presentation motivated her to form the first Hispanic theater group, with the help of "La Carreta"'s producer, Roberto Rodríguez, called "El Circuito Dramatico".[5]

In 1954 she appeared on stage in "In The Summer House" at the Play House in New York City.[6] Between 1954 and 1974, Colón made guest appearances in television shows such as Peter Gunn and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She appeared mostly in westerns such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The High Chaparral, and Have Gun, Will Travel.

Colón appeared in the 1961 film One-eyed Jacks as "the Redhead". In 1962, she was featured as the co-star in a teleplay written by Frank Gabrielsen, and produced for the TV series The DuPont Show of the Week. The title of the hour-long episode was "The Richest Man in Bogota", and it aired on 17 June 1962.[7] It starred Lee Marvin as Juan de Nuñez, and Míriam Colón as "Marina" (not Medina-Saroté, as in the original H.G. Wells story, The Country of the Blind).

In 1979, she starred alongside fellow Puerto Rican actors José Ferrer, Raúl Juliá, and Henry Darrow in Life of Sin, a film in which she portrayed Isabel la Negra, a real-life Puerto Rican brothel owner. In 1983, she played the mother of Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) in Scarface. She was also cast as "María" in the 1999 film Gloria, which starred Sharon Stone.

Filmography[edit]

External audio
You may watch "Míriam Colón" act in a short segment of "Gunsmoke'" on YouTube
Puerto Rican Travelling Theater

The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre[edit]

In the late 1960s, Colón founded The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre company on West 47th street in Manhattan, New York. The company presents Off-Broadway productions onsite and goes on tour. She is the director of the company and she has appeared in these PRTT productions:[8]

  • The Ox Cart (1966–1967)[9]
  • The Boiler Room (1993)[10]
  • Simpson Street
  • Señora Carrar's Rifles

Broadway[edit]

  • In The Summer House (1954)
  • The Innkeepers (1956)
  • The Wrong Way Lightbulb (1969)

Awards[edit]

In 1993, Miriam Colón received an "Obie Award" for "Lifetime Achievement in the Theater." A biography of Miriam Colon, titled Miriam Colón - Actor and Theater, was written by Mayra Fernandez.

In 2000, Míriam Colón received the HOLA Raúl Juliá Founders Award, presented by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^
    This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Colón and the second or maternal family name is Valle.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miriam Colon
  2. ^ Bosworth, Patricia (1971-09-12). "'Look, Let's Have Justice Around Here'". The New York Times. p. D5. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ Moreno, Sylvia (1989-06-13). "Lessons Feature Hispanic `Heroes'". Newsday. p. 30. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  5. ^ Raúl Dávila: un galán para la historia
  6. ^ Miriam Colón profile at Film Reference.com
  7. ^ "The Richest Man in Bogota". TV Guide 10 (24). June 16–22, 1962. 
  8. ^ The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
  9. ^ The Ox Cart at the Internet off-Broadway Database
  10. ^ The Boiler Room at the Internet off-Broadway Database

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