Lupita Tovar

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Lupita Tovar in an Argentine magazine, May 1931

Lupita Tovar (born July 27, 1910 in Oaxaca de Juarez , Oaxaca - † November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles , California ; actually Guadalupe Natalia Tovar Sullivan ) was a Mexican actress .


Lupita Tovar was born as the eldest of nine children under poor conditions. She was discovered at the age of 18 by the famous documentary filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty while working as a dancer in Mexico City . Then Tovar was signed by Fox Film Corporation in Hollywood. In total, she starred in 32 films between 1929 and 1945, in both English-language and Spanish-language productions. She became known for her role as Eva in the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula , which was shot parallel to the English-language classic with Bela Lugosi . In 1932 she played the lead role in Santa , the first Mexican sound film. In English-language films, she had a major role in the adventure film The End of Maradu (1931), and she was also seen as a cabaret dancer in William Dieterle's drama Blockade (1938). Tovar retired from acting in the mid-1940s.

In 1932 she married the film producer Paul Kohner , who later became one of Hollywood's top agents . They remained married until Kohner's death in 1988. Their children are the actress Susan Kohner and the film producer Pancho Kohner . Tovar's grandsons Paul and Chris Weitz , children of Susan Kohner and the fashion designer, historian and writer John Weitz , are both directors, scriptwriters and producers in the film industry.

In 2001 Lupita Tovar was awarded the Mexican Ariel de Oro Film Prize for her life's work . She died with her family on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles at the age of 106 of a heart condition.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1929: The Black Watch
  • 1929: The Cock-Eyed World
  • 1929: The Veiled Woman
  • 1930: La voluntad del muerto
  • 1931: The end of Maradu (East of Borneo)
  • 1931: Drácula
  • 1931: El tenorio del harem
  • 1932: Santa
  • 1938: blockade
  • 1939: South of the Border
  • 1939: The Fighting Gringo
  • 1939: Tropic Fury
  • 1939: The Green Hell
  • 1940: The Westerner (The Westerner)
  • 1944: Gun to Gun
  • 1944: Miguel Strogoff
  • 1945: The Crime Doctor's Courage

Web links

Commons : Lupita Tovar  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Muere Lupita Tovar, la primera “Santa” del cine sonoro mexicano in El Universal , November 12, 2016, accessed on November 13, 2016 (Spanish).
  2. a b Lupita Tovar, actress in Spanish-language version of 'Dracula,' dies at 106 in The Washington Post , November 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Freddy Langer: Film family. On the death of Lupita Tovar . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of November 14, 2016, p. 15.