Ofelia Medina

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Ofelia Medina
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Medina in 2019
María Ofelia Medina Torres

(1950-03-04) March 4, 1950 (age 72)
Years active1968–present
Alex Philips, Jr.
(m. 1973; div. 1978)

(m. 1981; died 2011)
AwardsAriel Award (2005)

María Ofelia Medina Torres (born April 4, 1950) is a Mexican actress, singer and screenwriter of Mexican films. She was married to film director Alex Philips Jr.


She was born in Mérida and has four siblings: Arturo, Leo, Ernesto and Beatriz. At the age of eight she moved with her family to Mexico City where she studied elementary, middle and high school as well as dance at the Academia de Danza Mexicana where she graduated as a performer and teacher of contemporary and regional classical dance. Her father, she has explained in several interviews, opposed her dedication to the artistic medium and she succeeded with the support of her mother. In 1961, at the age of eleven, she belonged to the children's pantomime group created by Alejandro Jodorowski, whom she considers her first teacher.[1]

In 1968 she was a student at the National Preparatory School of UNAM.[2]

In 1977 she studied acting with Lee Strasberg in Los Angeles and later emigrated to Europe with the aim of continuing her training at the Odin Theater in Denmark.[3]


Taken at the 1 MINUTE X NO MORE BLOOD event

Her debut in the artistic medium as a professional was with H3O, where she worked with Alejandro Jodorowsky. Later she participated with Julio Castillo, where she was seen by Ofelia Guilmáin.

Guilmáin took her with Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, who sent her with Luis de Llano, who gave her the opportunity to work in Lucía Sombras, where she had the leading role.

She made her film debut in Mexico in 1968 with the film La paz and in Hollywood with The Big Fix ten years later. In 1977 she played a hunchback in the telenovela Rina. She portrayed Frida Kahlo in Paul Leduc's film about the artist in 1984. In Canada, Medina was nominated for the Genie Award for her work in Diplomatic Immunity in 1991.

That year she was called by producer Ernesto Alonso to make her first television appearance in the series Landrú, which was followed by the melodrama Lucía Sombra (1971), where she had the main role and became a "romantic heroine". Later she participated in La hiena (1973), along with Amparo Rivelles, and Paloma (1975), alongside Andrés García. Both productions also by Ernesto Alonso.

In 1977, due to her work on Rina (1977), she gained public and critical acclaim.

It was at this time that she underwent an operation to correct some problems she had in her back.

In 1983 she released the award-winning film about Frida, Paul Leduc's Living Nature on the Life of Frida Kahlo.[4]

On television, in addition to Lucía Sombra, she worked in La Señora Joven, Paloma, Rina with Enrique Álvarez Félix, La gloria y el infierno and Toda una vida Desam, directed by Héctor Mendoza, based on the life of María Conesa and other actresses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She participated in the telenovela For a lifetime, a part recorded in Peru and part in Mexico and it was a new version of the famous Vivir un Poco. She made a special participation in A Corazón Abierto.

In theater, she has worked with the most important directors in Mexico. Among her most outstanding works are Betrayal by Harold Pinter, La conspiración de la Cucaña, El DeseoDesam by Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, Each person her Frida and Intimately Rosario de Chiapas, the latter two written, directed and performed by herself. She directed and acted in the play The night that never existed, by Humberto Robles, winner of the 2014 Emilio Carballido National Dramaturgy Prize.

She participated in the shows Mujeres sin Fear: We are all Atenco on the repression of San Salvador Atenco in May 2006 and belongs to the group of the same name along with Begoña Lecumberri, Julieta Egurrola, Carmen Huete, Francesca Guillén and Humberto Robles, among other actors and guest musicians.

In 2006 she took part in the movie I love Miami (2006), by Alejandro González Padilla, and participated in the dubbing of the animated film The legend of Nahuala (2007).

In 2008 she reappeared on the small screen in the chapter "Mónica, cornered", from the series Mujeres Asesinas, in which she played Beatriz, mother of the character played by actress Iran Castillo.

The following year, she premiered in Rome, Italy, the show entitled Mexican Voices, in which she gave life to female characters from the history of Mexico, such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos and Frida Kahlo.

In 2008, she was part of the series Mujeres Asesinas in the Monica chapter, cornered with Iran Castillo.

In 2013 she was part of the telenovelas Los Rey and Secretos de familia on TV Azteca

In 2015 she worked on the soap opera Tanto amor playing Silvia Iturbide Vda. by Lombardo

She also participated in the music video for "María", the theme of the Mexican band Café Tacvba.

In July 2016, she announced that at the end of the year she would begin shooting her first film as a director, a story about a boy from the Mayan community inspired by the reality that she herself has scripted.[5]

Ofelia Madine has also played in various theatres worldwide. Since 2000 Ofelia played Frida Kahlo[6] in the play Cada quien su Frida. In 2007 she came to Denmark, playing in Århus, Copenhagen and Odense at the gallery of Jens Galschiøt.[7]


Currently, she is politically active as a supporter of the indigenous people of southern Mexico. In her biography she tells that thanks to Frida Kalho - in 1983 she premiered with Paul Leduc Frida Naturaleza Viva - she learned "about the love of the Indians of Mexico, about communism and surrealism."

In 1985 she was co-founder of the "Committee of Solidarity with marginalized ethnic groups", the first Mexican organization for the defense of the Human Rights of the Indians of Mexico, which began with a seminar on hunger in Mexico and later on the defense of indigenous prisoners in Mexican prisons and cultural activities with Indian communities. From this moment, Ofelia Medina denounced, began to receive threats for her activity as a defender of Human Rights in Mexico.[8]

In 1990 she was co-founder of the Trust for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico, A.C. This same year, FISANIM began working in Chiapas on a nutrition program in Zapatista communities.

She was an organizer of the elections in the Zapatista territory, denounced the fraud of said elections and was an electoral attorney.

She belonged to the civil society group in the Peace Dialogue in Chiapas and the formulation of the San Andrés Accords.

In 1998 she was part of the group that made the amendments to article 4 of the Constitution to conceive of Mexico as a multiethnic, multicultural country.

"The government of the state of Chiapas declared me Persona Non Grata in the state and tried to expel me from the state. I was defended by many people and I remained there working until today. ..."

In 2006 she participated in the documentary Juárez: the city where women are disposable.

She is currently a member of the Academy of Human Rights, the Foundation of the Committee for Solidarity with Marginalized Ethnic Groups, the United Nations Peace Council and the Group of 100.

Ofelia Medina has acted in various plays, such as The Vagina Monologues, Each one his Frida and Intimately, Rosario de Chiapas; these last two works were written, directed and acted by herself.


Ariel Award in 2005[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

12th Genie Awards[edit]


  • Las máscaras (1971)
  • Lucía Sombra (1971) as Lucía Sombra
  • La señora joven (1972) as Susana Ricarte
  • La hiena (1973) as Isabel Solís
  • Paloma (1975) as Paloma
  • Rina (1977) as Rina
  • Toda una vida (1981) as Alejandra Pastora
  • La gloria y el infierno (1986) as Inés Arteaga
  • Para toda la vida (1996) as Elena
  • A Corazón Abierto (2012) as Irene de Sánchez
  • Los Rey (2012)

TV shows[edit]

  • Mujeres Asesinas: Mónica acorralada (2008) as Beatriz Fernández.


Cinema of France[edit]

Cinema of the Philippines[edit]



Cinema of Mexico[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ofelia Medina biografía, filmografía". LaHiguera.net (in Spanish). Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". www.radioformula.com.mx. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Ofelia Medina cumple 62 años con un proyecto en puerta". El Informador :: Noticias de Jalisco, México, Deportes & Entretenimiento (in European Spanish). Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". paulleduc.net. Archived from the original on August 27, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Mexicanos: Ofelia Medina debutará como directora, Matías Meyer prepara nuevo film, rodará "The Run" en Durango". noticine.com. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Video of Cada quien su Frida on YouTube, posted January 12, 2012
  7. ^ pictures from the show, posted January 12, 2012
  8. ^ "La fama sólo sirve para dar voz a los que no la tienen: Ofelia Medina - La Jornada". www.jornada.com.mx. Retrieved February 6, 2021.

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