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María Félix (1914 - 2002)

The Mexican actress was discovered in Mexico City and offered work in Hollywood, which she refused comprehending she would only be given stereotyped Latin parts. She remained in Mexico and appeared in her first notable film, in 1943, Dona Barbara, followed by La Devoradora, in 1946, becoming Mexican cinema's greatest vamp. She worked in Europe including France in films such as French Cancan by Jean Renoir, opposite Jean Gabin, in 1954 and Les Héros sont Fatigués with Yves Montand, in 1955. In the 1960s, the films she was featured in were mainly inspired by the Mexican Revolution with roles suiting her tough persona, such as La Valentina, in 1966, and La Generala, her last film, in 1970. She was cast so often as a strong-minded, man-eater woman that those characteristics became indistinguishable from her own tempestuous personality in the minds of audiences and media. Maria Felix impersonated, to the extreme, the sensational figure she was: always wearing stunning haute couture pieces and dazzling Cartier jewellery, collecting extravagant art works and antics, assuming her bisexual relationships and precisely staging her public appearances: La Dona was a real diva.

Tags / Maria Felix - Mexican Actress - Muses - Cinematic Women - 1950s - Vamp - Temper
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, Mexico city, 1960
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, Mexico city, 1960
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix with his son and husband, Mexico city, 1960
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix with his son and husband, Mexico city, 1960
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Frank Scherschel, Actors Maria Felix, Indio Fernandez and Dolores del Rio on the set of La Cucaracha directed by Ismael Rodriguez, 1959
Frank Scherschel, Actors Maria Felix, Indio Fernandez and Dolores del Rio on the set of La Cucaracha directed by Ismael Rodriguez, 1959
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Maria Felix in Messaline directed by Carmine Gallone, 1951
Maria Felix in Messaline directed by Carmine Gallone, 1951
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix, 1960's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix and her sister Reine Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix and her sister Reine Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Antoine Tzapoff, Portrait of Maria Felix
Antoine Tzapoff, Portrait of Maria Felix
Maria Felix in La Cucaracha directed by Ismael Rodriguez, 1959
Maria Felix in La Cucaracha directed by Ismael Rodriguez, 1959
Maria Felix weaing her pair of Serpent Cartier earings, 1971
Maria Felix weaing her pair of Serpent Cartier earings, 1971
Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix and Yves Montand in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix and Yves Montand in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 19548
Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 19548
Jean Servais and Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Jean Servais and Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Jean Servais and Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Jean Servais and Maria Felix in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix, Yves Montand , Curd Jurgens and jean servais  in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Maria Felix, Yves Montand , Curd Jurgens and jean servais in Les héros sont fatigués directed by Yves Campi, 1954
Cartier crocodile necklace special design for Maria Delix, 1975
Cartier crocodile necklace special design for Maria Delix, 1975
Maria Felix and Luis Aldas in La Devoradora directed by Fernando de Fuentes, 1946
Maria Felix and Luis Aldas in La Devoradora directed by Fernando de Fuentes, 1946
Maria Felix in Messaline directed by Carmine Gallone, 1951
Maria Felix in Messaline directed by Carmine Gallone, 1951
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1980's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1980's
Maria Felix and Jean Gabin in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix and Jean Gabin in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Portrait of Maria Felix for french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Portrait of Maria Felix for french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Maria Felix in french Cancan directed by Jean Renoir, 1955
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1940's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1940's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1940's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1940's
Maria Felix in Miercoles de Ceniza directed by Roberto Gavaldon, 1958
Maria Felix in Miercoles de Ceniza directed by Roberto Gavaldon, 1958
Maria Felix in La Devoradora directed by Fernando de Fuentes, 1946
Maria Felix in La Devoradora directed by Fernando de Fuentes, 1946
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Portrait of Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix in Enamorada directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1946
Maria Felix in Enamorada directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1946
Maria Felix in Dona Diabla directed by Tito Davison, 1950
Maria Felix in Dona Diabla directed by Tito Davison, 1950
Maria Felix in Dona Diabla directed by Tito Davison, 1950
Maria Felix in Dona Diabla directed by Tito Davison, 1950
Maria Felix in La Belle Otero directed by Richard Pottier, 1954
Maria Felix in La Belle Otero directed by Richard Pottier, 1954
Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix, 1970's
Maria Felix, 1970's
Maria Felix, 1950's
Maria Felix, 1950's
Cartier earring special design for Maria Felix, 1970's
Cartier earring special design for Maria Felix, 1970's
Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix in Reportaje directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1953
Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix in Reportaje directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1953
Maria Felix in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1948
Maria Felix in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1948
Maria Felix in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1948
Maria Felix in Maclovia directed by Emilio Fernandez, 1948
Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix in El peñón de las ánimas directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1942
Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix in El peñón de las ánimas directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1942
Maria Felix in La fièvre monte à El Pao directed by Luis Bunuel, 1959
Maria Felix in La fièvre monte à El Pao directed by Luis Bunuel, 1959
Gerard Philippe and Maria Felix in La fièvre monte à El Pao directed by Luis Bunuel, 1959
Gerard Philippe and Maria Felix in La fièvre monte à El Pao directed by Luis Bunuel, 1959
Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
Antoine Tzapoff, Portrait of Maria Felix
Antoine Tzapoff, Portrait of Maria Felix
Portrait of Maria Felix
Portrait of Maria Felix
Maria Felix at Deauville, 1973
Maria Felix at Deauville, 1973
Maria Feix, 1940's
Maria Feix, 1940's
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix at home
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix at home
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Allan Grant, Portrait of Maria Felix on the set of Juana Gallo directed by Miguel Zacarias, 1961
Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
Vittorio Gassman and Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
Vittorio Gassman and Maria Felix in La Couronne Noire directed by Luis Saslavsky, 1951
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