Beloved Mexican actress Carmen Salinas dies; appeared with Denzel Washington in Man on Fire


Beloved Mexican actress Carmen Salinas, known for films such as “Danzón”, “Man on Fire” and “Bellas de Noche” as well as dozens of telenovelas and TV series, has died at the age of 82.

Relatives announced her death on Salinas’ Twitter account late Thursday.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that leading actress Carmen Salinas passed away today,” the message read, along with a black-and-white photo of the artist thanking her fans for their support.

Salinas has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in November.

Witty but always approachable, Salinas was able to transition from comedy to drama with ease.

Born to a humble single mother in Torreón, Coahuila on October 5, 1939, she attended only elementary school and began her acting career as a child in the 1950s, following in her sister Finita’s footsteps.

Salinas sang and did impersonations on the radio, and when she was older she entered beauty and talent pageants. She soon began performing at various venues in Coahuila and Mexico City, including the famous El Patio nightclub, where she said she enjoyed partying with actress Evita Muñoz “Chachita” and actor Pedro Infante.

In the 1960s she appeared in telenovelas such as María la del Barrio, Frontera and Sublime Redención before making her big screen debut in Roberto Gavaldón’s film La Vida Inútil de Pito Pérez. She also starred in La Misma Luna, Todo el Poder, Cartas a Elena, Que Viva Tepito!. and “Esta Noche Cena Pancho” among many.

She also appeared in Tony Scott’s Man on Fire, a 2004 Mexican thriller film starring Denzel Washington.

Her numerous TV appearances also included the telenovelas “Hasta que el Dinero nos Separe”, “María Mercedes”, “Mi Fortuna es Amarte” and the series “La familia P. Luche” by Eugenio Derbez. And in the theater she not only acted in several plays, but also produced the musical “Aventurera” with Edith González, Itatí Cantoral, Niurka Marcos, Ninel Conde and Maribel Guardia.

She was a member of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, for which she was elected a perennial federal deputy in 2015, a position she held until 2018. She was criticized for falling asleep at a Radio and Television Commission meeting. She told the press that she preferred the money she made as an actress to being a legislator.

In 1956 she married pianist Pedro Plascencia, with whom she had two children – María Eugenia and Pedro – before separating in the 1960s. Her son Pedro, who was also a musician, died of cancer in 1994, and Salinas has spoken openly about the pain his death caused her.

She is survived by her daughter María Eugenia and several grandchildren. Beloved Mexican actress Carmen Salinas dies; appeared with Denzel Washington in Man on Fire

Caroline Bleakley

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