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Those who knew her say what she was causing from the screen was hard to explain. Sensuality, mystery, intrigue . They say it was different from all: loud, thin, with a serious voice and a look that left anyone breathless. Mecha Ortiz generated intrigue from the screen and also from his private life, about which he never heard too much.
He was born on September 24, 1900 , when the century was just inaugurated. Her big screen debut was at 37 years old , which at that time was a mature woman. However, it became a femme fatale that many compared to Greta Garbo herself. She was also revered by the gay circle of the time , who considered her an icon.
He made about 40 films in his career, with a debut in a classic classic: Los muchachos de antes no usaban gomina (1937), by Manuel Romero, where he played Rubia Mireya . Other titles in its history are Women who work (1938); With broken wings (1938); Sappho, history of a passion (1943), which was the first Argentine erotic film banned for minors ; The song of the swan (1945); A woman without importance (1945); The three rats ( 1946) and Madame Bovary (1947). In 1966 he performed in Las locas del conventillo , along with Analía Gadé, Alberto de Mendoza and Olinda Bozán. Then, he braked his participation for ten years, until 1976, when he participated in Los muchachos from before they did not use arsenic, along with Arturo García Buhr, Mario Soffici , Barbara Mujica and Narciso Ibáñez Menta ; and in Boquitas pinadas and Piedra libre, both of Leopoldo Torre Nilsson , next to Marilina Ross and Luisina Brando.
In theatre he also had a prominent career. Some of his most important works: Mrs. Ana wears her medals, A tram called Desire, The Bed, The Constant Wife, That's Life, The Fainted Horse (with a young Michelangelo Solá) and The Process of Mary Duggan (directed by Daniel Tinayre). In the 1970s, she worked with Eduardo Bergara Leumann in Seventy sins seven and in 100 young years, parodying herself, alongside Jorge Luz, Tania and Gloria Montes.
On television, she participated in telenovelas such as Estrellita, that poor peasant girl , Rolando Rivas, taxi driver , Invitation to Jamaica, Aventura 77, Christmas in 2000 and The Organito , by the Discépolo brothers.
There is a rumour that her late debut in the profession was linked to an accident suffered by her husband and father of her only son, Julián Ortiz , an agricultural producer linked to the landlord oligarchy, who was a direct relative of the de facto president Roberto M. Ortiz. Apparently, Julian was paraplegic after an accident riding a horse, and that's when Mecha decided to devote himself to acting. Her husband died when she was at the height of her career. However, he never remarried nor were other romances met.
Mecha Ortiz died on 20 October 1987. Her wake was held at the Cervantes theater, and there was also an episode that surrounds her with mystery even after she left this world. They say an older man with a white beard approached his coffin with a bunch of red roses that he laid on his body . Then he disappeared without saying anything. The theory about the strange visitor states that, with these red flowers, the man was grateful for the donations Mecha had made for many years to the Communist Party . Nobody could never confirm if that was true.
Mecha Ortiz is considered one of the greatest figures of the golden era of Argentine cinema. A diva with all the lyrics, something forgotten today . From here, we remember her as one of our great actresses.
Publication Date: 04/04/2021
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