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Lupe Vélez

Lupe Velez
Lupe Vélez in Mexican Spitfire (1940)
Personal information
Birth nameMaría Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez
Birth dateJuly 18, 1908
Place of birthSan Luis Potosí, Mexico
Date of deathDecember 14, 1944(age 36)
Death placeBeverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names"Mexican Spitfire"
Years active1927 1944
SpouseJohnny Weissmuller (1933 1939)

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Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 - December 14, 1944) was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. She was seen by Fanny Brice who promoted her, and Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1924. By the end of the decade she had progressed to leading roles. With the advent of talking pictures Vélez acted in comedies, but she became disappointed with her film career, and moved to New York where she worked in Broadway productions.

Returning to Hollywood in 1939, she made a series of comedies. She also made some films in Mexico. Vélez's personal life was often difficult; a five year marriage to Johnny Weissmuller and a series of romances, were highly publicized. She is often associated with the nicknames "The Mexican Spitfire" and "The Hot Pepper".

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