Lucy Boscana

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Lucila (Lucy) Boscana
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Lucy Boscana portrait
Born Lucila (Lucy) Boscana Bravo
(1915-09-24)September 24, 1915
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Died May 24, 2001(2001-05-24) (aged 85)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Years active 1950-2001

Lucy Boscana (September 24, 1915 – May 24, 2001) was an actress and a pioneer in Puerto Rico's television industry.

Early years[edit]

Boscana (birth name: Lucila Boscana Bravo[note 1]) was born in the city of Mayagüez which is located on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Her family moved to the United States when she was a child because of the economic crisis in the island. She learned how to play the piano at an early age. Boscana graduated from high school and decided to continue her education by enrolling in Oberlin College located in Ohio, where her cousin, Madeline Willemsen, was studying a French language degree. There she earned her Bachelor's degree in languages and theater.[1][2] [3]

Acting career[edit]

In 1940, Boscana returned to Puerto Rico. After a stint as an English language teacher in her hometown she enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico to study music and dramatic arts. After graduation, Boscana founded the Puerto Rican Tablado Company, a traveling theater. Among the plays which she produced with the company was "The Oxcart" by fellow Puerto Rican playwright René Marqués. She presented the play in Puerto Rico and on Off-Broadway in New York City. Boscana participated in over 30 plays and also in various locally produced films. In 1950, she was part of the musical vocal group from Ponce: Las Damiselas, (The Ladies), with Sylvia Rexach, and Marta Romero.[1][2]

On August 22, 1955, Boscana became a pioneer in the television of Puerto Rico when she participated in Puerto Rico's first telenovela (soap opera) titled Ante la Ley, alongside Esther Sandoval and Mario Pabón, which was broadcast by Telemundo, Puerto Rico. Since then she became a regular in the telenovela circuit.[1]

With the Puerto Rican Tablado Company, she produced and presented the works of Francisco Arrivi, Rene Marquez, Tennessee Williams, Alejandro Casona, Federico García Lorca and many others in Puerto Rico.


In 1996, the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture dedicated its 33 International Theater Festival to Boscana. On July 1997, the Puerto Rican Senate paid tribute and awarded Boscana and her Puerto Rican Tablado Company with a special proclamation recognizing their silver anniversary.[1][2]

In 2000, the Government of Puerto Rico honored Boscana by renaming the Teatro del Patio of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture El Teatro Lucy Boscana, (The Lucy Boscana Theater).[1] In 2008, the main stage of the Teatro Yagüez in Mayagüez was also dedicated to her. Lucy Boscana died on May 24, 2001 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and her remains rest at Cementerio Santa Magdalena de Pazzis in that city.


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Boscana and the second or maternal family name is Bravo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Fundacion Nacional para la Cultura Popular
  2. ^ a b c Lucy Boscana
  3. ^ Lucy Boscana Bravo

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