Beloved Mexican film and television actress Maria Elena Velasco, better known as “La India Maria,” died on Friday. She was 74.
Velasco appeared in dozens of films and television series over a career that spanned more than four decades. She is best known as La India Maria, a slapstick comedy character based on a stereotypical Mexican indigenous woman.
Her last film was La Hija del Moctezuma (Moctezuma’s Daughter), an adventure comedy in which a bumbling India Maria must save Mexico from destruction. Velasco’s son, Ivan Lipkies, directed the movie, which marked the return of La India Maria to the big screen after a 15-year absence.
Other credits include the action-comedy El Coyote Emplumado (The Plumed Coyote) and the family comedy La Comadrita (The Godmother), done during the height of Velasco’s career in the ‘70s and '80s. Velasco also wrote and produced for television and film.
State-run film institute Imcine confirmed news of Velasco’s death on Twitter. Local news outlets previously reported that she had been battling stomach cancer, however Imcine did not specify the cause of death.
This might be an odd addition because this guy (Marco) isn’t particularly buff but he’s what in Mexico we call “chacal” which is a guy, usually skinny-ripped, dark skinned, and lower class. So if you’re ever wondering why guys like that make it to my blog, that’s why.
Seriously, you should see this guy’s abs. I’d pour that beer there and lick them clean.
So, yesterday Roberto Gomez Bolanos passed away, most of you probably don’t know him, but he was a Mexican comedian very loved in all latinamerica, so I did this little tribute to one of his characters.
I’m just gonna say it…
My heart hurts over the recasting of Genie. As much as I love Will Smith, I don’t see him pulling off Genie’s wacky voices and goofball stuff. Sure, he’s a great actor, but he’s no Genie. And is he gonna rap “Friend Like Me”? Just no. Robin IS Genie. Since he’s sadly unavailable, James Monroe Inglehart (who plays Genie on Broadway, was nominated for a Tony for the role, and Williams loved) should have gotten it. Outside of him. I nominate Gabriel Iglesias-a Mexican-American comedian with crazy voice acting skills. Seriously WATCH his Netflix stuff! Incredibly hilarious. I understand Disney wants to bring their classics to a new generation of children. With Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime now, they’ve gotta bring their A-game to put butts in movie theater seats I get it. But in some ways, it feels like running out of ideas. The Disney of the 1990’s and 2000’s-the Disney of my childhood-was beautiful and exciting and new and brought me such joy in the midst of all my medical bullshit. But this-this Disney feels devoid of pixie dust somehow.
Don’t get me wrong, a remake of Cinderella made total sense, and I adored it. I didn’t mind The Jungle Book reboot. There were things about it I LOVED (casting, staying closer to the book, telling more of Mowgli’s story, Mowgli) and things that really got to me (Chris Walken as King Louis?! RUINING classic pieces of music, animation at parts) For the most part, I loved the new Beauty and the Beast. Disney just feels considerably less magical because they’re running out of ideas it seems. To me, it feels like they’re cheating us fans and being lazy. I want more stories like Moana and Inside Out and LILO and Stitch. I know 3D and CGI are the cool new animations tools, but I want a hand drawn movie once a decade or so! Wouldn’t it be great to see them maybe make Shakespeare kid friendly? Or take a Broadway musical and animate it? Or do a story about a disabled prince or princess? Or a queer characterI love the Tangled series.And Descendants! I just KNOW they can do better. Why mess with what’s already perfect? It feels all wrong in a million ways.
I’ll probably skip Aladdin 2.0. Maybe I’d feel different if I lived in CA right now (like I eventually am going to.) and could’ve seen the Expo this year. I don’t know.
Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu guru)
Aleister Crowley (occultist)
Mae West (actress)
Lenny Bruce (comedian)
Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
W. C. Fields (comedian/actor)
Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist)
Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
Fred Astaire (actor/dancer)
Richard Merkin (artist)
The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)
Huntz Hall (actor)
Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers)
Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter)
Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)
Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister)
Aldous Huxley (writer)
Dylan Thomas (poet)
Terry Southern (writer)
Dion Dimucci (singer/songwriter)
Tony Curtis (actor)
Wallace Berman (artist)
Tommy Handley (comedian)
Marilyn Monroe (actress)
William S. Burroughs (writer)
Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru)
Stan Laurel (actor/comedian)
Richard Lindner (artist)
Oliver Hardy (actor/comedian)
Karl Marx (political philosopher)
H. G. Wells (writer)
Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru)
James Joyce (Irish poet and novelist) - barely visible below Bob Dylan
Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy)
Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle)
Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy)
Max Miller (comedian)
A “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty)
Marlon Brando (actor)
Tom Mix (actor)
Oscar Wilde (writer)
Tyrone Power (actor)
Larry Bell (artist)
Dr. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer)
Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmer/Tarzan actor)
Stephen Crane (writer) - barely visible between Issy Bonn’s head and raised arm
Issy Bonn (comedian)
George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
H. C. Westermann (sculptor)
Albert Stubbins (English footballer)
Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
Lewis Carroll (writer)
T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”)
Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer)
A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty)
Wax model of George Harrison
Wax model of John Lennon
Shirley Temple (child actress) - barely visible behind the wax models of John and Ringo, first of three appearances on the cover
Wax model of Ringo Starr
Wax model of Paul McCartney
Albert Einstein (physicist) - largely obscured
John Lennon holding a Wagner tuba
Ringo Starr holding a trumpet
Paul McCartney holding a cor anglais
George Harrison holding a piccolo
Bobby Breen (singer)
Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer)
An American legionnaire.
Wax model of Diana Dors (actress)
Shirley Temple (child actress) - second appearance on the cover
Props on the cover
Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth
Cloth doll by Haworth of Shirley Temple wearing a sweater that reads “Welcome The Rolling Stones Good Guys”- third and last appearance on the cover
A ceramic Mexican craft known as a Tree of Life from Metepec
A 9-inch Sony television set, apparently owned by Paul McCartney - the receipt, bearing McCartney’s signature, is owned by a curator of a museum dedicated to The Beatles in Japan.
A stone figure of a girl
Another stone figure
A statue brought over from John Lennon’s house
A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
A drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave
A hookah (water pipe)
A velvet snake
A Fukusuke, Japanese china figure
A stone figure of Snow White
A garden gnome
A three-stringed flower guitar
People excluded from the cover
Leo Gorcey - was modelled and originally included to the left of Huntz Hall, but was subsequently removed when a fee of $400 was requested for the use of the actor’s likeness.
Mohandas Gandhi - was modelled and originally included to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was subsequently removed. According to McCartney, “Gandhi also had to go because the head of EMI, Sir Joe Lockwood, said that in India they wouldn’t allow the record to be printed”.
Jesus Christ - was requested by Lennon, but not modelled because the LP would be released only a few months after Lennon’s Jesus statement.
Adolf Hitler - was modelled and was visible in early photographs of the montage, positioned to the right of Larry Bell, but was eventually removed.
Germán Valdés “Tin Tan”, Mexican comedian, was originally intended to appear on the cover, but at the last moment he declined and instead he gave the Metepec tree of life seen in the picture after Ringo Starr accepted the offer.
Photo: In this Feb. 29, 2012 file photo, Roberto Gomez Bolanos, popularly known as Chespirito, waves during an event in his honor at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
Sad news if you grew up anywhere in Latin America after the mid-70s. El Chavo del Ocho and El Chapulin Colorado were created by this Mexican comedian and were the TV shows of our childhood. Descansa en paz Chespirito.