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November 15, 2008 |
Maria Elena Marques, 83, a Mexican actress who starred in the 1947 movie "The Pearl," died of heart failure Tuesday, her family announced in Mexico City. Marques played the long-suffering wife of a fisherman who finds a beautiful but ill-fated pearl in the film based on a book by John Steinbeck. The film, directed by Emilio Fernandez, won a Golden Globe award for the luminous cinematography of Gabriel Figueroa. One of the few surviving stars of Mexico's "Golden Age" of movies of the 1940s and early 1950s, Marques also appeared in the 1943 movie "Dona Barbara" alongside actress Maria Felix.
October 14, 1991 |
UCLA began its "Mexican Film and the Literary Tradition" series Thursday by honoring a legendary cinematographer. Gabriel Figueroa, who was behind the camera on "Los Olvidados," "The Pearl" and John Huston's "Night of the Iguana," was on hand at the Motion Picture Academy's theater to receive praise from 450 guests at the post-tribute reception.
November 7, 1991 |
Vikki Carr's new Sony LP, "Cosas del Amor," includes the No. 1 single by the same name, a duet with Mexico's Ana Gabriel. Penned and produced by Argentina's Roberto Livi, the poignant lyrics have Carr (who was born in El Paso, and whose full name is Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona) advising Gabriel on "matters of love." Carr admits the song is personally meaningful.
November 15, 1985 |
Some of the latest in international cinematic comedy, tragedy, documentary and animation will be presented during a weeklong film festival that begins today. All showings will be at the Fine Arts Theatre, 1818 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. Here is a schedule. Tickets are $5 a night, or $32 for a block of eight programs, and are available at the Fine Arts Theatre and the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The festival was described in Wednesday's Calendar section.
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April 29, 2007 |
When Javier Figueroa's cellphone rang early one morning this month, he was delighted to hear the voice of his son, Gabriel, calling to say hello from Baghdad, where he was serving in the Army. Because Gabriel had borrowed the phone from a friend, the father and son spoke for only a few minutes. Gabriel told his dad that he was preparing to go out on patrol. "Be very careful, son," his father said. "Don't forget to say your prayers." Hours later, Gabriel J. Figueroa, 20, was shot and killed.