Helena Rojo


Helena Rojo

Infobox actor
name = Helena Rojo


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birthdate = birth date and age|1944|8|18
location = Mexico City, Mexico
birthname = María Elena Lamadrid Ruiz
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occupation = Actress

Helena Rojo is a leading Mexican film, theater and television actress.

Biography

Born María Elena Lamadrid Ruiz (August 18, 1944) in México City, she began her career as a model in the early-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, she studied drama with renown Mexican directors Carlos Ancira and José Luis Ibáñez, making her film debut in 1968 in the film "El club de los suicidas". That same year, Helena also appeared in her second film, "Los amigos". She continued working as a model and appearing in small film roles in the late 60's and early 70's.

In 1969, she signed an exclusivity contract with Productora Cinematográfica Marte. Later, she began expanding her acting career into television and theater. In 1974, her first television role was the lead in the telenovela "Extraño en su pueblo". She was married to actor Juan Ferrara for many years. Currently, she is married to Benjamín Fernández, who is not in the entertainment industry. She is the mother of three children: Leo, Patricia and Elena, all from her second marriage.

Helena's cinematic career lead her to work with the most important Mexican film directors of the 1970s and 80's, such as Felipe Cazals, Arturo Ripstein, Rafael Corkidi, Alberto Bojórquez, Marcela Fernández Violante and Jorge Fons, among others.

She has worked with international talent, such as German director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski with a role in the film "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972). She also appeared in the film "Fox Trot" (1976), directed by Arturo Ripstein and alongside actors Charlotte Rampling, Peter O'Toole and Max Von Sydow.

In 2006 she appeared on the American dramedy series "Ugly Betty", where she plays a mother who tries to steer her son away from the stepmother who has eyes for him on a 'faux' telenovela that is watched on TV by the main character's family.

Filmography

Movies

*"Luces de la noche" (1994) as Tina
*"Guerrero negro" (1993) as Eva
*"Los Años de Greta" aka "Greta's Years" (1992) as Nora
*"Una Luz en la escalera" (1992) as Adriana Bernal
*"Muerte ciega" (1991) as Alisa
*"Reto a la vida" (1990) as Elena
*"En el país de los pies ligeros" (1983)
*"Misterio" (1980) as Silvia
*"The Children of Sanchez" (1978)
*"La Sucesion" (1978)
*"La Gran aventura del Zorro" (1976) as Elena
*"Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary" (1976) as Greta
*"La Casa del Sur" (1976) as Elena
*"Foxtrot" aka "The Other Side of Paradise" (1975) as Alexandra
*"Más negro que la noche" aka "Blacker Than the Night" (1975) as Pilar
*"Payo - un hombre contra el mundo" (1974) as Lupe
*"Los Perros de Dios" (1973) as Laura
*"Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes" aka "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972) as Inez
*"Aquellos años" (1972) as Carlota
*"Espejismo" aka "Mirage" (1972)
*"Ángeles y querubines" (1972) as Angela
*"Victoria" (1972)
*"Los Cachorros" (1971) as Tere
*"Una vez un hombre" (1971)
*"Fin de fiesta" aka "End of the Party" (1971) as Elena
*"Muñeca reina" aka "Queen Doll" (1971) as Laura
*"El Sabor de la venganza" aka "Eye for an Eye" (1971) as Rina Pittman
*"Siempre hay una primera vez" (1969) as Isabel
*"Los Amigos" (1968)
*"El Club de los suicidas" (1968)

Television

*"Cuidado con el Angel" (2008) as Cecilia de Velarde
*"Amor sin Maquillaje" (2007) as Ines
*"Mundo de Fieras" (2006/2007) as Miriam de Rivas del Castillo
*"Ugly Betty" (2006) as actress on telenovela (cameo)
*"Peregrina" (2005) as Sabina
*"Inocente de Ti" (2004) as Raquel/Rebeca Linares-Robles
*"Amor real" (2003) as Doña Augusta Curiel de Penalver y Beristain
*"Abrázame muy fuerte" (2000) as Damiana / Juliana Guillen
*"Ramona" (2000) as Doña Ramona Gonzaga Viuda de Moreno
*"El privilegio de amar" (1998) as Luciana Duval
*"Gente bìen" (1997) as Rebeca Balmori
*"Retrato de familia" (1995) as Cecilia Mariscal
*"Las secretas intenciones" (1993) as Antonieta Alcantara
*"La traición" (1984) as Antonia Guerra
*"Extraños caminos del amor" (1981) as Isabela
*"La hora del silencio" (1978) as Barbara
*"La venganza (1977 Telenovela)" (1977) as Maria Olivares/Alejandra Balmaseda
*"Mañana será otro dia" (1976) as Paola
*"Extraño en su pueblo" (1974)

Theater performances

*"10 el marido perfecto" (10, The Perfect Husband)
*"Lecciones para casadas" (Instructions for Married Women)
*"Se infiel y no mires con quien" (Be Unfaithful with Whomever)
*"Cena de Matrimonios" (Dinner with Friends)
*"Me enamoré de una bruja" (I Married a Witch)
*"La mujer del pelo rojo" (The Redheaded Woman)
*"Pecado en la isla de las cabras" (Sin on the Isle of Goats)
*"La Ronda de las Arpías" (Song of the Harpies)
*"Una oferta inmoral" (Indecent Proposal)
*"Yo miento, tú mientes, todos mentimos" (I Lie, You Lie, We All Lie)

Awards

* Won - 1972 Best Supporting Actress Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film, for her role in "Fin de Fiesta".
* Nominated - 1973 Best Actress Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film, for her role in "Los Cachorros".
* Won - 1981 Best Actress Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film, for her role in "Misterio".
* Nominated - 1992 Best Actress Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film, for her role in "Muerte Ciega".

External links

* [http://alma-latina.net Alma Latina: Mexican Telenovela Database ]
* [http://www.wam.umd.edu/~dwilt/mfb.html The Mexican Film Resource Page]
*InSpanish|url=www.academiamexicana.com/academia/historiaariel.htm|name=History of the "Ariel" at the Mexican Academy of Film.
*InSpanish|url=es.wikisource.org/wiki/Ariel|name="El Ariel" at wikisource


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