Lupita Tovar has played many roles during her century on this earth. She was born under Halley’s Comet in 1910, to a poverty-stricken family in the tropics of Southern Mexico. In 1928 she was discovered by documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty and traveled to Hollywood, where she appeared in the last of the silent films.
With a melodious voice to match her exotic beauty, she was cast as the female lead in the Spanish-language version of the horror classic Dracula. She returned to her native country to star in the very first Mexican talkie, Santa, and won international acclaim for her sensitive portrayal of a doomed prostitute. Lupita Tovar performed in more than thirty films on four continents and has been honored by the motion picture academies of Mexico and Hollywood.
Had she chosen to, Lupita could have remained at the top of the acting profession for decades to come. Instead, she took on a much different role: that of the devoted wife of European movie producer (and later agent) Paul Kohner. The newly married couple found themselves in Berlin during the volatile period of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Escaping to the United States, Lupita resumed her acting career (co-starring with the likes of Buster Keaton and Gene Autry) and looked after her children, Susan (later an Academy Award-nominated actress), and Pancho (later a writer/producer/director and now the author of his mothers memoirs). Lupita continues to be honored as a distinguished representative of Mexican cinema.
Lupita Tovar: The Sweetheart of Mexico is the complete, unadorned story of this remarkable lady. No detail—no matter how personal or painful—is spared. More
than 100 photographs (many never before published) illustrate this touching, ultimately inspiring account of one of Hollywood’s all-time great beauties.