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 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.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on July 18, 1908.


1924 15 Years Old In 1924, Aurelio Campos, a young pianist and friend of Vélez sisters, recommended Vélez to stage producers Carlos Ortega and Manuel Castro.
1925 16 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 17 Years Old In 1926, Frank Woodward, an American man whom had seen Vélez perform, recommended her to stage director Richard Bennett (the father of the actresses Joan and Constance Bennett). … Read More
1927 18 Years Old 1 More Event
After her debut in the short film Sailors, Beware!, Vélez appeared in another short film for Hal Roach, What Women Did for Me, in 1927. … Read More


In 1929, Vélez appeared in Where East Is East, playing a young Chinese woman. … Read More
1930 21 Years Old …  Vélez also disliked Marlene Dietrich whom she suspected of having an affair with Gary Cooper while the two were filming Morocco in 1930.
In 1931, she appeared in her second film for Cecil B. DeMille, Squaw Man.
1932 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, Vélez filmed The Cuban Love Song (1931), with Lawrence Tibbett. … Read More
1933 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1933, she appeared in The Half-Naked Truth with Lee Tracy and Hot Pepper, with Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. … Read More
In 1934, Vélez filmed Palooka and Strictly Dynamite (both with Jimmy Durante). … Read More
1935 26 Years Old On January 3, 1935, she filed for divorce a second time and was granted a interlocutory decree. … Read More
Vélez made her final appearance on Broadway in the 1938 musical You Never Know, by Cole Porter. … Read More


1939 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939, Vélez was cast opposite Leon Errol and Donald Woods in a B-comedy The Girl from Mexico. … Read More
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1943 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1943, Vélez began an affair with her La Zandunga co-star Arturo de Córdova. … Read More
In 1944, Vélez returned to Mexico to star in an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Nana, which was well received. … Read More
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