CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 6, 2008 |
MANY photo artists take pictures of countries. But only a few, like Gabriel Figueroa, get to invent countries, visually, with the images they create. During his prolific 50-year career, which began as a still photographer and included a brief Hollywood sojourn, Figueroa forged a film iconography that was as elaborately crafted with calculated symbolism as a baroque altarpiece.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
May 1, 1997 |
Gabriel Figueroa, a leading cinematographer who worked with the great performers and directors of Mexico's Golden Age of film as well as with U.S. directors John Huston and John Ford, has died. He was 89. Figueroa died Sunday after suffering a stroke, only three days after his 89th birthday. The Mexico City native made more than 200 films and won numerous international awards.
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.