Celia Gámez

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Celia Gámez
Born Celia Gámez Carrasco
(1905-08-25)August 25, 1905
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died December 10, 1992(1992-12-10) (aged 87)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Years active 1920–1971

Celia Gámez (August 25, 1905 – December 10, 1992) was an Argentinian film actress, and one of the icons of the Golden Age of Spanish theatre. She was more commonly known in Franco's Spain, particularly in her later years, as La Protegida.


She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but there is some dispute regarding her date of birth, since there is no documentary record of it. Just as there is no copy of her birth certificate available, there is no copy of a death certificate. There is a large (but not unanimous) consensus that she died on her 87th birthday. She was said to have been a lover of a great number of famous men, among them José Millán Astray and King Alfonso XIII.


Her father was of Spanish descent and she was proud of her ancestry. Educated in a convent, arrived in Spain from Argentina to pursue professional opportunities. She remained there permanently from 1926. At first, she was a famous singer of tangos and schottisches.

She married once in 1944 to José Manuel Goenaga, but never had children.


Celia Gámez was discovered by businessman Salvador Videgain in Argentina acting with Gloria Gúzman. Videgain hers presented with Las Castigadoras in 1927 in theathre Romea the most popular in Madrid. who would give him the opportunity of starring Las lloronas 1928. The titles was gone Por si las moscas 1929,Las cariñosas 1930,Las pantorrillas,Gran clipper.In 1940th she starred in famous titles of revista and increased her popularity with such songs as Por la calle de Alcála (1932) and La Devoradora (1932); the latter making the actress the vamp of Spanish theathre in the 1940s. She created her company with famous names and unknowns but famous in the future of theatre Tony Leblanc, Concha Velasco, Florinda Chico, Lina Morgan and Esperanza Roy. The titles famous was gone La cenicienta del palace, Yola, Si fausto fuera faustina, Rumbo a pique, Fin de semana, Hoy como ayer, Gran revista, La estrella de Egipto, Dolares, Hechicera en palacio, El aguila de fuego, Su excelencia la embajadora,La estrella trae cola 1960 and Mami llevame al colegio with Angel de Andrés, 1964 version of Leandras.


She refused to work in Hollywood since she didn´t speak English and she did not want to take small roles. She starred in El sargento Lapida (1937), El diablo con faldas (1938), or Rapteme usted (1940) amongst other films. She worked in Spain in Las Leandras in 1968 alternating with stars like Juanito Navarro, and others, where she sang the song "Por la calle de Alcala" . In 1971 canciones de nuestra vida and in 1974 Mi hijo no. In later years, her cd were inspired by the song of revista genre musical in Spain.

In music, art and fashion[edit]

Francisco Alonso wrote many songs for her, among them the famous Por la calle de Alcala. It has been recorded by many singers including Plácido Domingo. Other song writers also composed songs for her. The House of Peris designed extravagant creations just for her. She was a noted collector of fine antiques. also had an extensive jewelry collection.

CDs Famous Songs[edit]

  • Si vas a París papa
  • El pichi.
  • ¡Viva Madrid!.
  • Mírame.
  • Horchatera valenciana.
  • Los nardos.
  • La Lola.
  • Un millón
  • El beso.
  • Estudiantina portuguesa.


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