Mexican actor Carmen Salinas, known for movies like “Danzón,” “Man on Fire” and “Bellas de Noche” and telenovelas and series including “María la del Barrio” and “Mujeres Asesinas,” has died. She was 82.
Relatives of the actor announced his death on Thursday night in Salinas’ Twitter account.
“With much pain we inform you that today the main actress Carmen Salinas passed away,” reads the message along with a black and white photograph of the artist, thanking her fans for their support.
Salinas had been in a coma after suffering a stroke in November. Details about his funeral services would be released later, his family said.
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Jocular but always personable, Salinas could go from comedy to drama with ease.
Born to a humble single mother in Torreón, Coahuila, on October 5, 1939, she only attended elementary school and began her acting career as a child, in the 1950s, following in the footsteps of her sister Finita.
Salinas sang and performed in personifications on the radio, and when she was a little older she participated in beauty and talent contests. He soon began performing in venues in Coahuila and Mexico City, including the famous El Patio nightclub, where he said he liked to party with actress Evita Muñoz “Chachita” and actor Pedro Infante.
By the 1960s, she was appearing in telenovelas like “Casa de Barrio,” “Frontera” and “Sublime Redención” before making her big screen debut in Roberto Gavaldón’s 1970’s “La Vida Inutil de Pito Pérez” and later acting in “El Crimen del Cácaro Gumaro, “” The Same Moon, “” All Power, “” Danzón, “” Letters to Elena, “” Tonight Pancho Dinner, “” Long Live Tepito! ” and “Bellas de Noche.”
He also appeared in Tony Scott’s “Man on Fire,” a 2004 thriller filmed in Mexico starring Denzel Washington.
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Her many TV credits also included telenovelas “Hasta que el Dinero nos separe,” “María Mercedes” and 2021 “Mi Fortuna es Amarte” and Eugenio Derbez’s series “La familia P. Luche.” And in theater she not only acted in several plays but produced a musical, “Aventurera,” starring Edith González, Itatí Cantoral, Niurka Marcos, Ninel Conde and Maribel Guardia.
She was a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party of Mexico, for which she was elected plurinominal federal deputy in 2015, a position she held until 2018. She came to be criticized for falling asleep in a session of the radio and television commission, and told the Press that she preferred the money she earned as an actress than as a legislator.
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In 1956 she married the pianist Pedro Plascencia, with whom she had two children, María Eugenia and Pedro, before separating in the 1960s. Her son Pedro, who was also a musician, died of cancer in 1994 and Salinas spoke openly about him. pain this caused.
He is survived by his daughter María Eugenia and his grandchildren.