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Beatriz Michelena

Beatriz Michelena
Beatriz Michelena in 1914, on the cover of
The New York Dramatic Mirror
Personal information
Birth dateFebruary 22, 1890
Place of birthNew York City, New York, USA
Date of deathOctober 10, 1942(age 52)
Death placeSan Francisco, California, USA
Other namesBeatriz Michelena Middleton
SpouseGeorge E. Middleton

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Beatriz Michelena (February 22, 1890 - October 10, 1942) was an American actress during the silent film era, known at the time for her operatic soprano voice and appearances in musical theatre. She was one of the few Latina stars visible on the silver screen in the United States in the 1910s. She was the leading lady in each film project she was involved in, and co-founded a production company with her husband, producing four of her own movies.

She wrote popular articles for newspapers, including an advice column for girls, describing what it was like to be an actress, and answering questions from readers. For adult readers, Michelena wrote other pieces such as a history of the moving picture industry. In 1920 when she stopped making films, she returned to her career as a singer.

Michelena faded from historiography for many years, but her place in history has recently been re-examined; she was mentioned in 2002 in a presidential proclamation and her single surviving movie, Salomy Jane, is enjoying a limited re-release.

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