The tragic life of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has sparked Hollywood's attention. Madonna, Robert De Niro and Luis Valdez are among the filmmakers interested in bringing to the screen the tumultuous life of Kahlo, who was married to muralist Diego Rivera. Madonna, who owns two of Kahlo's artworks, traveled to Mexico City last year for biographical research about the artist, who suffered lifelong pain as the result of a traffic accident. The works of Kahlo are among the highest-priced in contemporary Latin American art; one of her paintings recently sold for more than $2 million.
Meanwhile, Anthony Quinn, who is an accomplished painter and sculptor, is planning to direct --but not star in--a movie about Pablo Picasso.
Lucia Mendez has added new honors to her career. Not only did she recently receive a sidewalk star in Miami's Little Havana, but her concert at the Universal Amphitheatre was a sell-out. And if you missed her in person, you can still see her every day--a statue of the Mexican songstress and soap opera star is on display at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
The Rock in Spanish movement's popularity keeps growing. The Hollywood Palladium had a full house as Mexico's premier bands, Los Caifanes and Maldita Vecindad offered 5,000 fans a "rock 'n' rollicking" evening.