Patricia McCormick (bullfighter)

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Patricia McCormick (St. Louis 1929 – Del Rio March 26, 2013) was an American bullfighter and is considered to be the first American woman to fight bulls professionally in Mexico.


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Patricia became enthralled with bullfighting after a trip to Mexico City with her family at the age of seven. The McCormick family eventually moved to Big Spring, Texas, where her passion for bullfighting continued to grow.

American Matadora[edit]

After much perseverance, dedication, and training, Patricia debuted as a bullfighter in September 1951 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. She joined the Matador's Union soon after and began bullfighting as a professional Matadora in January 1952. Throughout her decade-long career, she fought in 300 corridas throughout Mexico and Venezuela. Six times bulls gored her, once so seriously that a priest administered last rites.

Patricia McCormick authored her autobiography, Lady Bullfighter, in 1954.

Later life[edit]

Patricia retired and lived in Del Rio, Texas. She devoted much of her time to her artwork and occasionally made public appearances and lectures on the art of bullfighting.

In the Spring of 2007, The Heritage Museum at Big Spring, Texas, opened a permanent exhibit in her honor.

McCormick died on March 16, 2013.[1]


  1. ^ New York Times Obituary: [1]

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