It’s always lovely to personally hear from the children of actors and actresses from the golden age of Hollywood. This morning was no exception. I was pleased to receive an unexpected e-mail from the son (Eugene Biscardi) of Puerto Rican actress/singer/dancer, Marquita Rivera (1922-2002).
Back in the late-forties, Marquita was personally chosen by Mexican filmgoers (in a poll) to star in a biopic about Lupe’s life and career, however, legal matters, most notably from Lupe’s still-grieving family, put a stop to it.
Eugene said, “…The film production was put on hold because of the circumstances surrounding Lupe’s suicide. Her mother would not consent to the film rights. It was an outrageous scandal at the time.”
All these years on, to this day, there is still yet to be a biopic that has come to fruition. However, just this week, I’ve had two parties interested in obtaining the film rights to my book. Maybe, just maybe, “I’ll” break the cycle 😉
Thanks again to Eugene for the beautiful photo of his mom (below) and for contacting me! 🙂
2 responses to “The Original Lupe Vélez Biopic…and the Star Who “Almost” Played Her…”
Very pretty lady I hope the recent announcement of a biopic will come to fruition
A few years ago I was working at a photolab in Hollywood and one of the digital artists was working on a restoration of a poster of Marquita Rivera. The poster was torn and such a wreck with creases and scratches and dirt, that I couldn’t believe my eyes when the digital artist completed the miraculous restoration. I wish I’d “borrowed” a digital copy of the restoration (against company rules), because I’ve since looked for it on the internet and have not seen it again. Perhaps you have access to it? The picture was black and white of course, three-quarters view of Marquita’s face, with long wavy hair. And she’s just stunning. I remember not being able to take my eyes off it. There were no titles or year on the poster but in the lower corner was the label “Bernard of Hollywood.” (Or was it Bruno of Hollywood?…both the same guy.). I hope to see it again someday. So please do post it if you run into it. (Perhaps her son was the photolab’s client and has a copy?)