María Elena Velasco

Active - 1971 - 1999  |   Born - Dec 17, 1940 in Puebla, Mexico  |   Died - May 1, 2015   |   Genres - Comedy, Adventure

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  • Moved to Mexico City after her father's death, at which time she began working as a dancer at the Teatro Tivoli, and later, as a showgirl she participated in sketches starring comedians José "El Ojón" Jasso and Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo, among others.
  • Met her husband, Russian-born choreographer Julián de Meriche, while working at the Teatro Blanquita in the 1960s.
  • Studied drama with Dimitrios Sarrás and Carlos Ancira and film directing and screenwriting with Ludwig Margules, Xavier Robles and Raul Figueroa.
  • Became a star with the creation and portrayal of La India Maria, a comical indigenous Mexican character who got into mischievous situations and appeared in dozens of films and television series during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.