The Movie Deal…

**BIG NEWS** Well, we’ve been back and forth with these negotiations for months now, but I’m happy to report that we’ve finally come to an agreement. The film rights to my latest book, Lupe Velez: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s “Mexican Spitfire” have been purchased by producer, Monica Lozano and Oscar-nominated director/screenwriter, Carlos Carrera. Ana de la Reguera will produce and also star as Lupe Velez. Filming is scheduled to start early next year. Exciting!!! I will post more as I know more 🙂

Read About the Film Here

Below: Lupe Velez (left) and Ana de la Reguera (right)


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23 responses to “The Movie Deal…

  1. james zeruk, jr.

    THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!! I’m so happy for you! Congrats!!


  2. Oh, I just saw this post in my e-mail box a minute before going to sleep, but I would not have been able to sleep a wink without congratulating you, Michelle!

    That’s the coolest thing ever!! Bless you for the contract and thanks for all the help you gave me with McFarland! I’m going to post this on the Hollywood Book Chat group and other related Facebook sites!

    That is so cool!

    • Moderator

      Thanks so much, James 🙂 It’s exciting!!!

      • IT IS!! I’m very happy, proud, and admire you!! (maybe a wee bit envious, too!) I just posted your page here to about 10 Facebook groups about Old Hollywood and the comments are buzzing with congrats and excitement! (You do know you are a member of my Hollywood Book Chat Group, don’t you? Please come by and say ‘hello!’) Lots of nice comments about you swell books, btw!

  3. Moderator

    Thanks for the shares. Very sweet of you 🙂 I’ll have to stop by the Hollywood Book Chat Group. Thanks for reminding me. Not fond of the new Facebook, all these groups get lost in the various threads and I forget about them!

  4. Lisa Sinkko

    I’m very happy to hear this. I look forward to reading the book. Yhen seeing the movie. If you have visit the states I hope to meet up with you.

  5. Gregg Nystrom

    Wow!!! Michelle, so happy & thrilled for you!!! Lots of congrats to you! xo

  6. Diane

    This is SO exciting, Michelle!! I am just thrilled for you! Will you have any input or approval on the final script? Will there be screen credit? I am sure you will keep us posted on it’s release.


    Congratulations !!!!
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  8. Thank you, Diane. Things are a bit “up in the air” at the moment. Not really sure of all the details of my involvement yet, but yes, I will get a screen credit. As soon as I know more, I’ll post here 🙂

  9. Leelo

    I would love to see this. I love Biopics even though sometimes they aren’t really accurate. I would like to see one about Carmen Miranda!


  11. Moderator

    Ruben Areola is his name, James. A classy fella who takes great pleasure in hating on me for suggesting Lupe was undiagnosed bi-polar. What’s the shame in it? His reaction to my comments proves there’s still a stigma with mental illness. He takes my claims as an insult! My book about Lupe Velez could not be more supportive, and her family are so proud and happy that her true story has finally been told. That’s all that matters. In any case, I’ll be leaving his comments up. I have no desire to censor him, as he’s tried to do with me.

    • Leelo

      The stigma I know all too well. My mother worked in one of those “state hospitals” where families would drop their children or other relatives away until they disappeared along with the hospitals. Many times a story about a celebrity can shine a light on a certain subject and suddenly everyone is paying more attention to the problem. Though I do wish the stiggma would go away. . .

      • Moderator

        Yep, absolutely agree. People with mental illness have been discriminated against for years, locked away and forgotten about, as you said “Leelo”. Had Lupe Velez been diagnosed, she may well have lived out her life, with her child, and to hell with yet another “stigma” that society stuck us with all those years ago, having a baby out of wedlock. I’m not about to whitewash any of my book subjects. They were human. They had flaws, like all of us. Some people will agree with me, some won’t. That’s just part of the job. Thanks for posting, “Leelo” 🙂

    • You are aware, are you not(?), that Rosa Linda Fregoso is the scholar that advanced the bi-polar thesis? She does so in her book, MeXicana Encounters (2003). I’m neither championing or dismissing the validity of the theory, but I do think Fregoso deserves credit and a reference, which I did not see in your book. Kevin Brownlow also mentions the bi-polar issue, as if Lupe Vélez’s psychological condition can now somehow be considered retroactively self evident (I don’t see it that way). I think it’s particularly surprising that Brownlow would fail to credit a fellow scholar, but I suppose Brownlow’s comments are based on your writing regarding the matter. Last time I checked, Lupe Vélez’s Wikipedia page contains the bi-polar theory. But it appears there with a footnoted credit to Rosa Linda Fregoso’s book.

      • Moderator

        I don’t think you need to be a scholar to see that Lupe was probably bi-polar. Her family agree with me. I have been researching and studying Lupe for many, many years, with plans for writing this book long before it came out. In fact, a couple of my other books were released before it, simply because I was stockpiling info. Wikipedia isn’t a reference. Anyone can add or submit info. I’m not sure how popular Fregoso’s book was (I’ve never heard of it before now), simply because my theory was met with anger by a small number of fans, like it was news to them. FYI – neither I (or Kevin Brownlow) credit someone else unless a passage has been directly quoted from their book. Mr. Brownlow was commenting on my book and bringing his own opinion to the table.

    • Ha! Well, ol’ Ruben isn’t going to much like my Peg Entwistle biography! I suggest she had at least a bi-polar malady but certainly PTSD!

  12. Moderator

    Thanks, James 🙂

  13. David

    Be-Jesus…stop the fussing. It is Christmas Time. If the family is happy I am happy. I am sure ms.VOGEL did her research and quite well. I am pretty sure my wife is bi-polar, but I don’t hate her. (maybe I am also?) Granted, it is a fairly new issue, but it does give some comfort that what has happened in the past was not all their fault. Ms.LUPE was a very pretty lady, and I want to remember her that way.

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