Monday, 3 October 2011

Harem dancers: Maria Felix

Mexican film star Maria Felix was never as successful in the USA as she was in Europe, thanks to her refusal to start at the bottom and work up. She insisted that she should make her entrances through "the big door", and when Cecil B de Mille offered her small roles she contemptuously declined, sniffing "I was not born to carry a basket."

However, Spanish and French film directors adored Felix and in later years she earned the sobriquet 'La Dona'. In 1954, when she was 'already' 40, Felix was cast as the Egyptian belly dancer in Jean Renoir's Technicolor spectacular French Cancan:

Man, that is one verbal performance.

The film also features a cameo from Edith Piaf, and is being re-released on DVD at the end of this month. Yay!

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