Lupe Velez

Lupe Velez
Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez was able to succeed in Hollywood, but it came with the nicknames “Mexican Spitfire” and “The Hot Pepper.” By 1927, she had moved to Hollywood. She was cast in The Gaucho. She started off with more serious roles, and then moved to comedies. She was the lead in Hot Pepper, and after a string of movies, she was getting parts written for her, specifically the character Carmelita Lindsay. She would go on to portray Carmelita for several movies.
Notable film: Laughing Boy

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"Lupe Velez - Mexican Spitfire" by Studio publicity still. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
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