Leticia Palma

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Leticia Palma
Born Zoyla Gloria Ruiz Moscoso
(1926-12-23)December 23, 1926
Paraíso, Tabasco, Mexico
Died December 4, 2009(2009-12-04) (aged 82)
Mexico City, México
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–1954

Zoyla Gloria Ruiz Moscoso (born December 23, 1926- died December 4, 2009†), better known by her stage name Leticia Palma, is a former actress who worked in Mexican cinema. She was most famous for her role in Roberto Gavaldón's En la palma de tu mano, which ranked 70th on Somos magazine's 1994 list of the 100 best Mexican films.


Born in Paraíso, Tabasco, Palma starred in a dozen films before a dispute with Jorge Negrete, then-president of the National Association of Actors (ANDA), led to her being banned from the Mexican film industry.

According to Palma, she and Negrete were nearly involved in a traffic accident on the Paseo de la Reforma in the summer of 1952. Negrete claimed that he was not involved, and that he just happened to be nearby at the time. When Palma talked to the press afterwards, not only did she comment on Negrete's driving, but she also took advantage of the opportunity to accuse Negrete of using his influence in the union to attempt to sabotage her career.

Negrete argued that union sanctions were placed due to her violations of production contracts and her "lack of camaraderie" at the studios. He also pointed out that Palma was married to a wealthy American.

Palma became involved in the struggle between Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" and Negrete over leadership of the union, campaigning actively for Moreno.

On January 2, 1953, Palma was "rescued" by Major Manuel González, who helped her get a taxi to safety while she was being pursued by an angry mob. The mob was led by Negrete, who was after Palma for having stolen documents regarding her contract violations. Palma filed assault charges on Negrete.

Eight days later, ANDA held a special assembly to judge Palma. Moreno argued on her behalf, attempting to negotiate a settlement. Negrete would allow nothing less than her expulsion from the union, and Palma likewise refused to withdraw the charge of assault. Just before the vote, a number of actresses left the room in protest. The remaining members voted in favor of expulsion.

Thus ended the career of the actress whom cinema historian Emilio García Riera described as "one of the most interesting presences" on the Mexican silver screen. She died on December 4, 2009, in Cuernavaca, México.


  • Apasionada (1952)
  • Por qué peca la mujer (1951)
  • Women Without Tomorrow (1951)
  • En la palma de tu mano (1950)
  • Road of Hell (1950)
  • También de dolor se canta (1950) (as herself)
  • Vagabunda (1950)
  • Cuatro contra el mundo (1949)
  • Hipócrita (1949) (credited as Nazira or Nacira de Tello)
  • Escuela para casadas (1949) (credited as Nazira or Nacira de Tello)
  • El hombre de la máscara de hierro (1943)
  • Yo bailé con don Porfirio (1942)

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