|About the Book|
Lupita Tovar has played manyroles during her century on thisearth. She was born under Halley’sComet in 1910, to a poverty-strickenfamily in the tropics of SouthernMexico. In 1928 she was discoveredby documentary filmmaker RobertFlaherty and traveledMoreLupita Tovar has played manyroles during her century on thisearth. She was born under Halley’sComet in 1910, to a poverty-strickenfamily in the tropics of SouthernMexico. In 1928 she was discoveredby documentary filmmaker RobertFlaherty and traveled to Hollywood,where she appeared in the last ofthe silent films. With a melodiousvoice to match her exotic beauty,she was cast as the female lead inthe Spanish-language version of thehorror classic Dracula. She returnedto her native country to star in thevery first Mexican talkie, Santa, andwon international acclaim for hersensitive portrayal of a doomedprostitute. Lupita Tovar performedin more that thirty films on fourcontinents and has been honoredby the Motion Picture Academiesof Mexico and Hollywood.Had she chosen to, Lupitacould have remained at the top ofthe acting profession for decadesto come, instead, she took on amuch different role: that of thedevoted wife of European movieproducer (and later agent) PaulKohner. The newly married couplefound themselves in Berlin duringthe volatile period of Adolf Hitler’srise to power. Escaping to theUnited States, Lupita resumedher acting career (co-starring withthe likes of Buster Keaton andGene Autry) and looked after herchildren, Susan (later an AcademyAward-nominated actress), andPancho (later a movie producerand screenwriter, and now theauthor of his mother’s memoirs).Lupita continues to be honored as a distinguished representative ofMexican cinema.Lupita Tovar: The Sweetheart ofMexico is the complete, unadornedstory of this remarkable lady. Nodetail—no matter how personal orpainful—is spared. More than 100photographs (many never beforepublished) illustrate this touching,ultimately inspiring account ofone of Hollywood’s all-time greatbeauties.