This morning I was made aware of the below linked YouTube video from one of the people involved in the channel who produced it. Thank you to Travis Monroe Neese and the whole team at the Hidden Hollywood YouTube channel for featuring Lupe Velez on today’s episode.
My book, which fully, and unequivocally debunked Lupe’s, “died with her head in the toilet” myth takes centre stage in today’s episode, and the truth is told. The lies are slowly being unraveled.
Lupe’s death, and the “big lie” that had legs, for decades, made Lupe’s untimely and tragic passing the punchline to many jokes. I am really proud that I could unravel the truth, bury the lie, and get the real story told. It’s about time.
The clip below is well worth a listen. There are more episodes on other Hollywood stars too. Looks like an interesting channel for old Hollywood and classic movie buffs. Be sure to follow it. Enjoy!
As you all know, I spent three years of my life (full time) researching and writing about the life, career and death of Lupe Velez. Unraveling the myths and lies was like navigating a spider web. It was an exhausting process.
Anyway, I was shown this supposed “suicide scene” photo a couple of months back and I told the people who wrote me that it was not Lupe. I knew it as soon as I saw it. At the time, all I saw was the face. In the Huffington Post article below, the entire photo is now published. Well, it wasn’t her on the close up and it’s NOT her on the long shot either.
Aside from this woman not being Mexican, her legs are far too long and too heavy to be Lupe Velez. Her feet are also too big. Even though she’s lying on the floor, you can easily tell that this woman is taller than five feet. Lupe was wearing the handmade nail ring when she died. Where is it on this woman?
Lupe took the Seconal and went to bed. Did she wear her shoes to bed, or did she get out of bed, put on her heels and then collapse and die? This woman is wearing heels! She was never in bed!
Additionally, the feet are upright in this photo, a conscious choice from anyone who is alive and lying on their backs, but not the way feet “sit” once someone has died. They would be splayed to either side, not stiff and side-by-side in an upright position, and in slip on shoes that are perfectly sitting on her feet.
I don’t care what facial recognition process has been done to supposedly “authenticate” this photo, it’s wrong, and it’s just as damaging as Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon trash. Yet another myth has been created…and for what? To sell a book, of course!
I posted a few photos of Lupe Vélez here yesterday, candid images that won’t be appearing in my book because of the photo cull from 150 to 75. Rather than letting the unused photos sit on my desktop, I’m sharing them with you all here. So, here’s a few more, though I forewarn you, they aren’t as pleasant as the ones in my previous post….
Above: Lupe Vélez in her coffin.
Jorge Negrete (1911-1953) and Mario Moreno, who used the moniker, ‘Cantinflas’ (1911-1993) paying their last respects to Lupe Vélez as she lay in her coffin. Negrete and Moreno were two of the greatest Mexican movie stars of all-time, Negrete as a leading man and singer, and Moreno (Mexico’s answer to Groucho Marx) as the most famous comic-character his country had ever produced. In 1944, they were both leaders of The Mexican Actors Guild (ANDA). Since Lupe’s will had not yet been probated, her family had no means to get her body from America to Mexico so The Guild stepped in and paid for the transportation of Lupe’s body back to her home country.
Above: Lupe’s mother and sisters pay their respects…
Several members of Lupe’s immediate family pay their respects before her body at the funeral home. Left to right: Two of Lupe’s sisters stand beside their distraught mother as she is supported by an unidentified man.