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María Elena Velasco (Puebla, December 17, 1940 - Mexico City, May 1, 2015) was a Mexican television, theatre and film actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, dancer, screenwriter, film producer and film director.

Biography

Maria Elena Velasco was best known for creating and portraying La India María, a comical character based on indigenous Mexican women, in films and television programs. She was born in Puebla, to Tomás Velasco, a railway mechanic, and María Elena Fragoso. She had three siblings, Gloria, Tomás and Susana.

After the death of Tomás Velasco, the family moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a dancer at the Teatro Tívoli.[3][4] Later, she became one of the showgirls of the Teatro Blanquita, where she also participated in sketches starring comedians such as José "El Ojón" Jasso and Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo, among others.

In the early 1960s, Velasco met Russian-born Mexican film actor and choreographer Julián de Meriche (born Vladimir Lipkies Chazan) at the Teatro Blanquita. They married and had three children, producer-director Iván Lipkies, writer-actress Goretti Lipkies, and writer-producer Ivette Lipkies.

Her death was announced over Twitter by the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía on May 1, 2015. The cause of death was not made public, but it was known that she had been suffering from stomach cancer.

Filmography

Television roles

Telenovelas

Year Name Role
2013 Corazón indomable María Nicolasa Cruz de Olivares

TV series

Year Name Role
2004 La familia P. Luche María
2003 Mujer, casos de la vida real María
1998 ¡Ay María qué puntería! India Maria
1988 Papá soltero María Nicolasa
1972 Revista musical Nescafe /

Movie roles

Year Name Role
2014 La hija de Moctezuma La India Maria
2004 Huapango Dance Teacher
1999 Las delicias del poder Maria
1993 Se equivoco la cigueña La India Maria
1988 Ni de aqui, ni de alla La India Maria
1984 Ni Chana, ni Juana Juana / Emilia Falcón
1983 El coyote emplumado Maria
1982 ¡El que no corre... vuela! Maria Nicolasa
1981 Okey, Mister Pancho Nicolasa Cruz
1978 La comadrita La India Maria
1978 Duro pero seguro La India Maria
1977 Sor tequila La India Maria
1976 El miedo no anda en burro La India Maria
1975 La presidenta municipal La India Maria
1975 El infierno tan temido /
1974 La madrecita La India Maria
1974 Algo es algo dijo el diablo La India Maria
1973 Pobre, pero honrada! La India Maria
1972 Tonta, tonta pero no tanto La India Maria
1968 El bastardo La India Maria
1967 Los tres mosqueteros de Dios Girl in a Club
1966 Los endemoniados del ring Singer
1964 El revólver sangriento Pedro's Wife
1963 Los derechos de los hijos Maria
1963 México de mis recuerdos Petra
1963 El rey del tomate Client
1962 Ruletero a toda marcha Nurse

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