Lupe Vélez

Born Jul 18, 1908

Lupe Vélez 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 noticed by Fanny Brice who promoted her. 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.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born in 1908.


1924 16 Years Old In 1924, Aurelio Campos, a young pianist and friend of the Vélez sisters, recommended Vélez to stage producers Carlos Ortega and Manuel Castro.
1925 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Ortega and Castro were preparing a season revue at the Regis Theatre and hired Vélez to join the company in March 1925. … Read More
1926 18 Years Old In 1926, Frank A. Woodyard, an American who had seen Vélez perform, recommended her to stage director Richard Bennett (the father of the actresses Joan and Constance Bennett). … Read More
1927 19 Years Old …  Upon its release in 1927, The Gaucho was a hit and critics were duly impressed with Vélez's ability to hold her own alongside Fairbanks, who was well known for his spirited acting and impressive stunts. … Read More


In 1929, Vélez appeared in Lady of the Pavements, directed by D. W. Griffith and Where East Is East, playing a young Chinese woman. … Read More
1930 22 Years Old …  Vélez also disliked Marlene Dietrich whom she suspected of having an affair with Gary Cooper while filming Morocco in 1930.
In 1931, she appeared in her second film for Cecil B. DeMille, Squaw Man, opposite Warner Baxter and in Resurrection, directed by Edwin Carewe.
1932 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, Vélez filmed The Cuban Love Song (1931), with the popular singer Lawrence Tibbett. … Read More
1933 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1933, she appeared in the films The Half-Naked Truth with Lee Tracy and Hot Pepper, with Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. … Read More
In 1934, she filmed Palooka and Strictly Dynamite (both also with Durante). … Read More
1935 27 Years Old On January 3, 1935, she filed for divorce a second time and was granted an interlocutory decree. … Read More


Vélez made her final appearance on Broadway in the 1938 musical You Never Know, by Cole Porter. … Read More
1939 - 1941 4 More Events
Velez co-starred with Eddie Albert in a 1943 romantic comedy, Ladies' Day, about an actress and a baseball player.
In 1944, Vélez returned to Mexico to star in an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Nana, which was well received.
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