The beloved and legendary telenovela actress Irma Lozano died of cancer on Monday, Mexican newspaper El Universal reports. She was 69.
Earlier this year, the Mexican star visited her dentist after experiencing a toothache that was quickly discovered to be a cancerous tumor in her cheek that had already begun to spread through her body. Lozano was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer.
The actress’ struggle with the disease was heightened by her fight against Mexico’s ANDA (National Actor’s Association), chaired by Mexican actress Silvia Pinal. Lozano said ANDA was not helping her with her medical expenses.
Silvia Pinal, however, said the association was helping the actress as much as it could.
Susana Irma Lozano González was born on Aug. 24, 1944 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. She was married to actor José Alonso, with whom she had her daughter, actress María Rebeca. With her second husband, Omar González, she had her son, actor Rafael Omar.
As a teenager, Lozano won a scholarship to study acting at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She debuted in the 1963 play “La Luna Es Azul” with Mauricio Garcés.
The star was also known as the Spanish dubbed voice for the female genie in “"I Dream of Jeannie" and for her roles in several hit telenovelas, including “Rubí," "Un Gancho al Corazón" and "Destilando Amor."
Earlier on HuffPost:
Known as the <a href="http://www.latinopov.com/blog/?p=746" target="_hplink">earliest Latino star in Hollywood</a>, Gonzalez was the daughter of a Spanish father and Irish mother. The actress was well known for her roles during the Silent Film era, perhaps best known as Enid Maitland in "The Chalice of Courage" (1915) In 1918 she <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0327762/bio" target="_hplink">died of the "Spanish Flu"</a> during the world pandemic happening at the time.
Jose Ramón Gil Samaniego (later adopting Ramon Novarro as his artistic name) was the son of a successful Mexican dentist. Born in Durango, Mexico, the actor was dubbed the "New Valentino" in Hollywood--in reference to the Italian actor Rudolph Valentino, the original "Latin Lover" of Hollywood. He <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003895/bio" target="_hplink">moved to Los Angeles with his family as refugees from the Mexican Revolution in 1916.</a> Once in the U.S. he did everything from dance ballet, try his hand at teaching piano, and work as a singing waiter. Novarro's most famous role was as the title character in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1925). Photo: 1925: Mexican heart-throb Ramon Novarro (1899 - 1968) plays the beleaguered hero of the Roman epic 'Ben-Hur', directed by Fred Niblo.
Born in New York City, Michelena was the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatriz_Michelena" target="_hplink">daughter of opera singer and Venezuelan native Fernando Michelena </a>who instructed both his daughters in classical voice and drama studies. Her husband, George Middleton, and her established the California Motion Picture Company in 1912, under which were produced several films in which Michelena starred as the leading lady. As one of the first Latinas in Hollywood, the actress not only starred in movies but produced them as well. Michelena produced "Heart of Juanita" and starred as Juanita in the 1920 film. Photo: Beatriz Michelena in "Mignon" in 1915.
Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0738042/bio" target="_hplink">dreamed of becoming a bullfighter as a child</a>, but after his family moved to the U.S. from Mexico, his future would be to become a Latin Lover in Hollywood under the screen name "Gilbert Roland." (an homage to his two favorite stars, John Gilbert and Ruth Roland) Born in Juarez, the actor played "El Cuchillo" in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color's TV series "The Mark of Zorro" and also portrayed Zorro's father, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071817/" target="_hplink">Don Alejandro Vega, in the 1974 remake of "The Mark of Zorro."</a> He was nominated for two Golden Globes, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0738042/awards" target="_hplink">both in the 'Best Supporting Actor' category</a>, for his roles in Cheyenne Autumn (1964) and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). In 1960, he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: Circa 1929: Gilbert Roland
Born in Madrid, Spain as <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0603875/" target="_hplink">Antonio Garride Monteagudo</a>, the actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0603875/bio" target="_hplink">spent his 40 years in the industry playing the popular 'Latin Lover'</a> roles during the silent film era. Known for starring work in "It" (1927), opposite Clara Bow, an <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0014499/" target="_hplink">"The Spanish Dancer" (1923),</a> opposite Pola Negri. Photo: circa 1924, Antonio Moreno (1886 - 1967), a Hollywood actor whose foreign accent limited his career in talkies.
Cortez may sound like a very Latino last name, but despite his best effort the actor's real identity was quite far from his assumed last name. Jacob Kranz stepped into the industry during Hollywood's "Latin Lover" craze, spurred by Italian actor Rudolph Valentino. Ready to adapt to the demand, the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007220/" target="_hplink">Austrian Jew from New York became Ricardo Cortez from Spain.</a> That's right, he turned Latino (at least by name). Kranz/Cortez starred in films like "Argentine Love" (1924) and "The Spaniard" (1925). Photo: Ricardo Cortez (1899-1977), formerly Jake Kranz stars in the silent western 'Eagle Of The Sea', directed by Frank Lloyd. This picture is dated: 1926.
Ok, so Fairbanks wasn't exactly Latino. He may have been born in Santa Monica, California but <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001196/bio" target="_hplink">the actor was the first to embody Don Diego de la Vega, better known as "Zorro,"</a> a cunning masked hero. That's right. Long before Antonio Banderas stole our hearts, Fairbanks was already slashing "Z's" in the name of justice. Fairbanks and his wife, Mary Pickford, chose to adapts Johnston's McCulley's "The Curse of Capistrano" (1919) to the bring screen in "The Mark of Zorro" (1920). A few years later, Fairbanks hit the big screen again as "The Guacho," (1927) a charismatic Argentine bandit rescuing a city from the evil ambitions of a General. Say no more. Honorary Hispanic status granted. Photo: Portrait of actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883 - 1939) in costume for the film 'The Gaucho', 1927.