November 1, 1941
Born as Julia Pérez in Galicia, Spain, she moved with her parents and brother Jesús to Venezuela when she was 15 years old, in 1956. She started his professional career in the early 1960s as a model in El Show de Renny, a popular variety show hosted by Renny Ottolina and aired on Radio Caracas Televisión.
She later studied dramatic art under the direction of Paul Antillano, and made her debut in the Venevisión TV-series Casos y cosas de casa. After that she worked with Simón Díaz in his comedy sitcom La Quinta de Simón, while playing small roles in several telenovelas.
Baura received her first leading role in Lucecita (1967), which drew favorable reviews with her performance as the lead character. She then became a leading actress in a number of productions, including La señorita Elena (1967), Rosario (1968), Lisa, mi amor (1969) and De turno con la angustia (1969), before returning to RCTV as an actress in 1970.
While at RCTV, Baura increased her prestige through the next decade, starring in telenovelas as Cristina (1970), La virgen ciega (1970), and specially in La usurpadora (1971), where she played a significant dual role. But she is also fondly remembered for her starring roles in La italianita (1973), La indomable (1974) and Valentina (1975), where she played her second double role.
Other of her contributions were Resurrección (1977), Silvia Rivas divorciada (1977), TV Confidencial (1977), Mabel Valdez, periodista (1978), Natalia de 8 a 9 (1980), Chao Cristina (1983) and Muros del silencio (1983).
In 1974 RCTV aired Doña Bárbara, based on the novel by Rómulo Gallegos and scripted by José Ignacio Cabrujas. Baura was selected to play the central role, previously established by María Félix in the classic 1943 film. The RCTV version was the first color TV program made in Venezuela, as well as the first telenovela aired in Europe.
During the same period, she starred in miniseries based on Gallegos' novels as Canaima (1976) and Sobre la misma tierra (1976), as well as in Guillermo Meneses' La Balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde (1978). Besides this, she is well remembered by her strong performance opposite to Doris Wells in Gallegos' La hora menguada (1984).
Baura voluntary retired in 1984. Eventually, she returned to acting in 1990 at the invitation of Cabrujas to embody the central role of Emperatriz Jurado in Emperatriz, produced by Marte TV and aired by RCTV. Then, in 2003 she made a special guest appearance in the successful Venevisión soap opera Cosita Rica.
Her film credits includes Yo, el gobernador (1965), co-starred by humorist Joselo, and El reportero (1968), teaming up along with Amador Bendayán. She later played a supporting part for Amparo Rivelles and Julio Alemán in La viuda blanca (1970), and co-starred with José Bardina in Bodas de papel.
Baura married Hernán Pérez Belisario, with whom she had three daughters, before retiring from RCTV. They divorced in 1992.
- "Biografía de Marina Baura". (Spanish)
- "El Universal – Marina Baura auténtica". (Spanish)
- Gómez, Carlos Alarico (2009). Oswaldo Yepes y el Museo de la Radio. Fundación para la Cultura Urbana. ISBN 9806553985
- Venciclopedia – RCTV (Spanish)
- iMDB.com – Yo, el gobernador (1965)
- iMDB.com – El reportero (1968)
- iMDB.com – La viuda blanca (1970)
- iMDB.com – Bodas de papel (1979)
- VenCOR.com – Marina Baura, la emperatriz de la televisión (Spanish)