Lina Marín

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Lina Marín
Mexican comedian Capulina and Mexican actress Lina Marín in El bueno para nada.jpg
Capulina (left) and Lina Marín (right) in El bueno para nada (1973)
Born Felipa Cartas Orozco
Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico
Died 1989
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–1987
Children 2

Lina Marín (died 1989)[1] was a Mexican actress of Zapotec descent,[2] known for her performance in A Man Called Horse (1970) and for her starring role opposite Gaspar Henaine "Capulina" in El bueno para nada (1973).


Marín was born Felipa Cartas Orozco in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the municipality of Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca.[2] At age 14 she moved to Mexico City,[2] where she began her acting career with a small role in the drama film El derecho de nacer in 1966.[3]

She had prominent supporting roles in La marcha a Zacatecas and El último pistolero (both 1969) before playing a Sioux Indian named Thorn Rose in A Man Called Horse (1970), the film that gave her international exposure.

She also acted in Espérame en Siberia, vida mía (1971), with Mauricio Garcés; Chanoc contra el tigre y el vampiro (1972), with Gregorio Casal; Tacos al carbon (1972), with Vicente Fernández; El rey de Acapulco (1972), with Capulina; and El Payo - un hombre contra el mundo (1972), with Jorge Rivero.

Her greatest achievement in Mexican cinema was her performance in her second film co-starring Capulina, El bueno para nada (1973), in which she played the main female role: María, Capulina's Native Mexican girlfriend who works as a maid in the house of Susana Alexander and Pancho Córdova. Her performance showed that, in addition to being a great beauty, she also had talent for comedy.

She returned to acting in the mid-1980s with a supporting role in the film Lo que importa es vivir (1987).

She died of breast cancer in 1989 and is survived by two children.[2]


A movie theater in the Herón Ríos Cultural Center in Juchitán de Zaragoza bears her name.[4]

In 2016, she was honored with a mural and a short film in Unión Hidalgo, her hometown.[2]

List of selected films[edit]

  • La marcha a Zacatecas (1969)
  • El último pistolero (1969)
  • A Man Called Horse (1970)
  • Espérame en Siberia, vida mía (1971)
  • Chanoc contra el tigre y el vampiro (1972)
  • Tacos al carbón (1972)
  • El rey de Acapulco (1972)
  • El Payo - un hombre contra el mundo (1972)
  • El bueno para nada (1973)


  1. ^ Wilt, David. "Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers: "M" Part One". The Mexican Film Resource Page. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Manzo, Diana (17 October 2016). "Con mural y función de cine recuerdan a Lina Marín, la actriz zapoteca de los años setenta". IstmoPress. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Hoy, Issues 1793-1805. 1974. p. 53. LINA MARÍN, OTRO ESTELAR CON CAPULINA.—Bueno para nada, Gordo al agua . . . Joaquín Murieta, Rebelión, Un hombre llamado caballo, Chanoc contra el tigre y el vampiro, Espérame en Siberia, vida mía, El rey de Acapulco, películas y más películas desde que debutó en El derecho de nacer. Ahora Capulina le ofrece un estelar grande. Y ella acepta. 
  4. ^ "Buen cine al alcance de todos". Comité Melendre. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 

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