María Luisa Paredes Bartolomé
3 April 1946
Paredes began acting in 1960 film, 091 Policia al Habla (091, Police Speaking!) She became a teen idol across Spain after that film. In 1961 she made her début in theatre and since then she has performed different plays such as Hamlet with Eduard Fernández. In 1975, she and Raphael collaborated in a cartoon film about him, titled Rafael en Raphael. Paredes has participated in 73 films and television series.
Paredes has appeared only occasionally on Spanish television, usually as herself in a soap opera.
She portrayed the leading role of La Peregrina in a television production of Alejandro Casona's Dame del alba.
Pedro Almodóvar helped her to achieve her international fame, as she starred many of his films. In fact, in Spain, she is called “una chica Almodóvar” (“an Almodóvar girl”). In films like High Heels (1991), The Flower of My Secret (1995), All About My Mother (1999) and The Skin I Live In (2011) she played one of the main roles. After having participated in The Flower of My Secret, she was nominated for Best Actress-Goya Award.
She has appeared in several other acclaimed films, including In a Glass Cage (1986) by Agustí Villaronga (Majorca), Life Is Beautiful (1998) by Roberto Benigni (Italy), Deep Crimson (1996) by Arturo Ripstein and The Devil's Backbone (2001) by Guillermo del Toro (both from Mexico).
In 1996, she was given the National Film Award by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
From 2000 to 2003 she was the president of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España. This period has been one of the most controversial ones as in the beginnings of the Iraq War, the workers of the cinema industry complained about this and other polemical issues.
Her last cinematic success was the film Latin Lover (Spanish: Mi familia Italiana) (2015).
|1987||Cara de acelga||Nominated-Goya Award for Best Actress|
|1993||Tombes du ciel|
|1995||The Flower of My Secret||Nominated-Goya Award for Best Actress|
|1995||La Nave de los locos|
|1996||Trois vies & une seule mort|
|1997||Life Is Beautiful||Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1998||Talk of Angels|
|1999||All About My Mother|
|1999||El coronel no tiene quien le escriba|
|2001||The Devil's Backbone|
|2011||The Skin I Live In|
|1995||Best Actress||The Flower Of My Secret||Nominated|
|1987||Best Actress||Cara de acelga||Nominated|
Screen Actors Guild Awards
|1998||Best Cast||Life Is Beautiful||Nominated|
Fotogramas de Plata
|2015||All her career||Won|
|2006||Best Theatre Actress||Hamlet||Won|
|1995||Best Cinema Actress||The Flower Of My Secret||Won|
|1988||Best Theatre Labour||Orquídeas a la luz de la luna||Nominated|
|1968||Best Television Performer||All her career||Won|
Union of Actors Awards
|2011||Best Cinema Actress||The Skin I Live In||Nominated|
|1995||Best Cinema Leading Performer||The Flower Of My Secret||Nominated|
- Scott, A. O. (2013). "The Devil's Backbone (review overview)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
- Jimenez Murguía, Salvador; Pinar, Alex (18 May 2018). The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 434. ISBN 9781442271333.
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