María Elena Velasco

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María Elena Velasco
María Elena Velasco, c. 1950s.jpg
María Elena, c. 1950s.
Birth nameMaría Elena Velasco Fragoso
Born(1940-12-17)December 17, 1940
Puebla, Mexico
DiedMay 1, 2015(2015-05-01) (aged 74)
Mexico City, Mexico
MediumFilm, television, music, Comedian
Years active1962–2015
GenresCharacter comedy, slapstick
Subject(s)Indigenous Mexican women
SpouseJulián de Meriche
(married ?–1974)

María Elena Velasco Fragoso (December 17, 1940 - May 1, 2015) was a Mexican actress, comedienne, singer-songwriter, dancer, screenwriter, movie producer, and one of Mexico's few major female movie directors.[1][2] She was best known for creating and portraying La India María, a comical character based on indigenous Mexican women.

Velasco died of stomach cancer in Mexico City, Mexico, aged 74.[3]

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  1. Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers: "U-Z".
  2. Google books, Women filmmakers in Mexico: the country of which we dream, Elissa Rashkin, 2001, Page 76
  3. "Fallece María Elena Velasco, 'La India María'". Excelsior. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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