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Why Dolores del Río became the godmother of a girl from Xochimilco

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Dolores del Río starred in the iconic film María Candelaria (Photograph from UNAM Culture Archive)
Dolores del Río starred in the iconic film María Candelaria (Photograph from UNAM Culture Archive)

This Wednesday, August 3, is the 118 of the birth of one of the divas of Mexican cinema who managed to conquer the hearts of thousands of viewers of the golden age thanks to her unparalleled beauty and talent. Dolores del Río achieved fame for her participation in iconic films such as Wild Flower (1943), The Cockroach (1959), Firestar (1960) Y Maria Candelaria (1944)the latter being where the renowned actress starred in a peculiar anecdote that has remained for posterity.

According to media reports The universaldays before the premiere of what is perhaps Dolores del Río’s most successful film, the actress became the godmother of a little girl from Xochimilcosite where the filming of the acclaimed film took place, which tells the story of an indigenous couple looking for the means to marry.

In that journalistic note it was described that during the time the recordings lasted, both Dolores del Río and the production team established a good relationship with the inhabitants of Xochimilco, which It was consolidated when the actress agreed to be the godmother of the daughter of residents of the region.

Dolores del Río was characterized by her humility and friendliness (Photo: INAH)
Dolores del Río was characterized by her humility and friendliness (Photo: INAH)

The story of The universal She also highlights that it was thanks to the simplicity and kindness of Dolores del Río that the inhabitants of the region received her with open arms and that, almost immediately, the renowned actress formed a cordial bond with those who would be her new compadres at that time.

Even in the same text it was detailed that the famous actress attended the celebration of his new goddaughter wearing an elegant fur coat that surprised the inhabitants of Xochimilco because they were used to seeing her in the costumes of the film Maria Candelariathat is, with a simple shawl that became a particular hallmark of his character in the film.

On that occasion, he reported The universalthe acclaimed actress attended the celebration that took place in the San Esteban neighborhood, where she was able to taste an extensive menu with typical dishes from the region and even danced to the sound of the mariachi group that played to liven up the party of his new goddaughter.

Dolores del Río invited her new compadres to visit her in her country house “La Escondida” (Photo: Annemarie Heinrich (1912-2005) - ebay)
Dolores del Río invited her new compadres to visit her in her country house “La Escondida” (Photo: Annemarie Heinrich (1912-2005) – ebay)

Once the celebration is over, Dolores del Rio showed interest in maintaining contact with that couple from Xochimilco that she had given her daughter to be her godmother, so the actress invited them to visit her in her villa “La Escondida”, additionally, she asked them to frequently take that little girl who had now become her goddaughter.

days after the celebration, Maria Candelaria premiered being a total success for the renowned actress to the point where the film became one of the most iconic and recognized films of the golden age of mexican cinema.

María Candelaria, the moving story that achieved worldwide success

Dolores del Río starred in María Candelaria (Photo: None visible, probably RKO publicity - eBay)
Dolores del Río starred in María Candelaria (Photo: None visible, probably RKO publicity – eBay)

Although that anecdote that Dolores del Río lived with the inhabitants of Xochimilco is extraordinary by its very nature, it is only the tip of the iceberg of everything the success and fame that the film achieved Maria Candelaria.

This film told the moving story of love and tragedy between the protagonist -María Candelaria- and her partner Lorenzo Rafael, played by the first actor Pedro Armendáriz. The story, as mentioned abovedeveloped among the green landscapes and canals of Xochimilco who witnessed the love of those characters who put their hopes in a little pig in order to obtain the financial resources to get married, however, everything is complicated by the arrival of a mysterious photographer, the evil of the town chief and the prejudices of people.

The extraordinary film hit the big screen on January 20, 1944 date in which the success of Dolores del Río skyrocketed and led to her becoming one of the most beloved and recognized divas of the golden age of Mexican cinema.

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