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Mexican actress Carmen Salinas dies at 82

After being in a coma, she spent the last days of her life on life support

December 10, 2021 1:01pm

Updated: December 10, 2021 5:35pm

Mexican actress and producer Carmen Salinas passed away this Thursday, almost a month after suffering a stroke that left her in a coma. Her family confirmed her death through social networks.

"It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that the actress Carmen Salinas passed away today, December 9, 2021. Details about funeral services will be provided at a later date," reads the message.

Mexican producer Juan Osorio Ortiz also confirmed the actress' death through a tweet: "Tonight will be remembered with great sadness, Carmelita Salinas, is already with God. Leaving us her great legacy".

"The entertainment world mourns the passing of legendary film, theater, and television actress Carmen Salinas. May she rest in peace," said Televisa's Las Estrellas channel in a message posted on its social networks.

Although Salinas had recovered from the stroke she suffered due to hypertension, she spent the last days of her life on life support.

A lifetime in show business

The actress was born on October 5, 1933 in the city of Torreón, in the state of Coahuila. She made her debut into show business in the 1950s, when she participated in a local fair dedicated to cotton, along with actors from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema such as Pedro Vargas and Ana Bertha Lepe, as well as singer Nicolás Urcelay, among others.

Salinas moved to Mexico City in 1953 to make her debut in the opera cinema, singing during the intermission of films. After participating in a family television program in 1954, she had a hard time finding work.

Actor and singer Germán Valdés "Tin Tan" promoted her after hearing her sing and do imitations, which allowed her to make her debut in June 1955 at the now-defunct Follies theater in Mexico City. After that, she began to head the billboards of the main theaters in the Mexican capital.

In 1956, she married musician Pedro Plascencia, with whom she had three children: Pedro, María, and Jorge.

Carmen Salinas made her television debut in 1964 in the soap opera “La vecindad” directed by producer Ernesto Alonso. Her career kept going until August 1993, when her son Pedro Plascencia Salinas was diagnosed with cancer.

Throughout her career, she appeared in 22 telenovelas, including "María Mercedes" (1992) and "María la del Barrio" (1995-1996), starring singer Thalía, where she played Doña Filogonia and Agripina Pérez, respectively.

She also starred in "Mi pequeña traviesa" (1997-1998), "Abrázame muy fuerte" (2000-2001) and "Hasta que el dinero nos separe" (2009-2010), the latter starring Itatí Cantoral and Pedro Fernández.

In 1969 she began her career in film with the movie "La vida inútil de Pito Pérez", directed by Roberto Gavaldón. In total, she acted in more than 110 films, including "Noche de Carnaval", "Fin de semana en Garibaldi", "Danzón", "Ciudad de ciegos", "Entre ficheras anda el Diablo", "Albures Mexicanos", among others.

Salinas also had great success as producer of the play "Aventurera", in which actresses such as the late Edith González, Itatí Cantoral, Niurka Marcos, and Patricia Navidad played the lead roles. With this production, which ran for 20 years, she toured all of Mexico and some parts of the United States.

She dabbled in Mexican politics as a deputy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) between 2015 and 2018, a position for which she had no previous experience and which she herself stated she never sought.