Lucha Villa

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Lucha Villa
Birth nameLuz Elena Ruiz Bejarano
Also known as"La Grandota de Camargo"
"La Grandota de Chihuahua"
Born(1936-11-30) November 30, 1936 (age 77)
Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico
GenresRanchera, corrido
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1960–1997
LabelsMusart
Associated actsAntonio Aguilar, Amalia Mendoza, Lola Beltrán, Irma Dorantes
 
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Lucha Villa
Birth nameLuz Elena Ruiz Bejarano
Also known as"La Grandota de Camargo"
"La Grandota de Chihuahua"
Born(1936-11-30) November 30, 1936 (age 77)
Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico
GenresRanchera, corrido
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1960–1997
LabelsMusart
Associated actsAntonio Aguilar, Amalia Mendoza, Lola Beltrán, Irma Dorantes

Luz Elena Ruiz Bejarano (born November 30, 1936),[1] more commonly known by her stage name Lucha Villa, is a Mexican singer and actress.

Early life[edit]

Born in Camargo, Chihuahua, Luz Elena Ruiz Bejarano was given her pseudonym "Lucha Villa" by television producer Luis G. Dillon[2] ("Lucha" being a hypocorism for Luz Elena, and "Villa" in honor of Pancho Villa). She has been a constant presence in popular music and film since the early 1960s. Villa's early hits included "Media vuelta", by José Alfredo Jiménez, as well as "La cruz del cielo" and "Viva quien sabe querer"[1]

In 1996, Villa, along with Lola Beltrán and Amalia Mendoza, recorded the studio album, Disco del Siglo: Las Tres Señoras, produced by Juan Gabriel,[1] acknowledging their lasting contributions to music fanatics throughout Mexico and Latin America.

Acting career[edit]

She appeared in several films during the 1950s and early 1960s, received her first starring role in El gallo de oro (1965),[3] and starred in Me cansé de rogarle, a musical with Jiménez and recording star Marco Antonio Muñiz. She has appeared in some fifty films and won an Ariel Award for Best Actress (the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar) for Mecánica nacional (1973).[2]

Personal life[edit]

She fell into a coma because of complications during surgery in August 1997, but recovered after a long stay in hospital[4] and has appeared in concert and on television sporadically since then.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Burr, Ramiro (1999). The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music. New York: Billboard Books. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/88-230-7691-1|88-230-7691-1 [[Category:Articles with invalid ISBNs]]]] Check |isbn= value (help). 
  2. ^ a b http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/villa_lucha/bio.jhtml
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0897628/bio
  4. ^ http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/lucha-villa/505902

External links[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Val De La O Interviews Lucha Villa[1]