Velia Martínez, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Velia Martínez

American actress

Date of Birth: 14-Jun-1920

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, United States

Date of Death: 22-May-1993

Profession: actor, film actor

Nationality: United States, Cuba

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Velia Martínez

  • Velia Martínez Febles (born on June 14, 1920 in Tampa, Florida - May 22, 1993 in Miami, Florida) was a well-known actress, singer and former nightclub dancer. Martínez was born in Tampa to Cuban parents.
  • In 1941, she settled in Havana, where she became a well-known show business personality.
  • In 1945, while in Mexico, she married the Cuban actor, producer and writer, Ramiro Gómez Kemp (1914-1981).
  • They had two daughters Georgina and Mayra Cristina. She was an accomplished dancer and cabaret star, she performed in Cuba's most prestigious theaters including the Cabaret Montmartre.
  • In 1945, she played the title role in the play Filomena Marturano in Havana's Thalia Theater, which is considered her pivotal role in her career.
  • In 1958 she acted opposite Errol Flynn in the movie The Big Boodle.
  • She left Cuba in 1960 with her family and lived two years in Puerto Rico where she appeared in a TV soap opera Yo Compro Esa Mujer (I'll Buy That Woman).
  • In 1962, she came to Miami and continued performing on stage.
  • In 1965 she appeared in My Son Is Not What He Appears (Mi Hijo No Es Lo Que Parece), at the Martí Theater.
  • In 1966, she appeared in the movie, The Devil's Sister as Carmen Alvarado. In 1977, she reached the pinnacle of popularity as the grandmother Adela in the PBS series ¿Qué Pasa, USA?.
  • Her last great performance on stage was in 1989 in Luis Santeiro's play, Mixed Blessings at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and her last television role was of Elena, a hair salon owner in the Univision series Corte Tropical in 1992.

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