Los Angeles, CA – Lucy Gallardo, 82, the acclaimed actress and prolific telenovela writer, died August 11, 2012 in Los Angeles from complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She is survived her daughter (actress and hostess) Rebeca Rambal, daughter from her marriage to the late actor Enrique Rambal.
Gallardo made her star in the 1962 Mexican classic El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) under the direction of Luis Bunuel. She starred alongside her late husband, Enrique Rambal.
Born on December 13, 1929, in Buenos Aires, she moved to Mexico where she made evolved her long and fruitful acting career where she achieved international recognition. In theater she worked in many of Mexico’s most successful plays such as Los Grandes Sebastiani, La Mujer Asesinadita and Aurelia y Sus Hombres, among many others. Her film career consisted of dozens of movies. Her became a household name as a star in the telenovela genre, immortalizing the name of Lucy Scala in the 1970 El Amor Tiene Cara de Mujer (Love Has the Face of a Woman). Among her most recent writing credits are the telenovelas La Extrana Dama (The Strange Lady) and Cosecharas tu Siembra (Havest What You Plant).
For the last 25 years, Gallardo lived in Los Angeles, CA with her daughter. Her last movie appearance was in the award-winning in Georgina Garcia Riedel’s 2005 independent film How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, co-starring America Ferrera and Elizabeth Peña.
In addition to her theatrical, film and television career, Gallardo was the matriarch in the Family Theater Productions as the voice in various radio programs. Here she was the voice of the drama La Historia de Quien Soy (The Story of Who I Am), the first Spanish language radio program produced in Los Angeles by Hispanics for Hispanics. In addition, she participated in the radio series Sabor a Vida (Taste of Life) in the episodes “Alister” and Las Damas de Clara.
Lucy Gallardo was glamorous, elegant and an effective and arresting actress. She gave sharp performances and leaves an indelible mark in the artistic world, and is an important legacy to present and future generations of Latino actors.