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Libertad Lamarque

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Libertad Lamarque (born November 24, 1908 in Rosario—died December 12, 2000 in Mexico City) was an iconic Argentine actress and singer who became famous in Latin America while working in Mexican cinema.


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She started acting professionally at only seven years old. Her family later moved to Buenos Aires in 1922, where she worked in theatre, and years later recorded her first tango LP, with great success. She filmed Adiós, Argentina in 1930, and the first Argentine film with sound ¡Tango! in 1933.

Her fame crossed the borders of Argentina and grew throughout Latin America where she became known as La Novia de América (“The Bride of the Americas”). By the time she died in 2000, she had appeared in 65 films (21 filmed in Argentina, 45 in Mexico and one in Spain) and six soap operas, had recorded over 800 songs and had made innumerable theatrical appearances.

Legend has it that Lamarque left Argentina because she had been blacklisted by Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón. Marysa Navarro and Nicholas Frasier, authors of Evita: The Real Life of Eva Perón (ISBN 0-7366-3838-5), however, say that this is not likely. Rather, say the authors, Lamarque moved to Mexico because the Mexican cinema was in a better state during the 1940s and ’50s than was the Argentine cinema. The authors also point out that Lamarque travelled freely between Argentina and Mexico during the lifetime of Eva Perón and beyond, which does not support the blacklisting legend. Even Lamarque herself denied during her lifetime certain aspects of the legend, specially the reports that she had slapped Eva on the set of La Cabalgata del Circo (1945).

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