Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Remembering Tota Alba

Dolores Berejano Alba, the daughter of actress Josefina Berejano, was born on March 5, 1914 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the family had immigrated to. She studied geography, history and literature in her homeland. In the mid-1930s she moved with her family to Spain. It was there she began to appear in theatrical roles for fun in such companies as Membrives Lola, Milagos Leal, Valeriano León and Aurora Redondo. Tota appeared on radio before she made her debut in films in 1955 in “Suspenso en Comunismo” directed by Eduardo Manzanos. She decided to play it safe and make a long secure career in supporting roles. She then went into television roles during the 1960s and 1970s appearing as a regular presenter on Spanish TV “Estudio 1”. She also did some film dubbing for imported films needing Spanish voices. By the time Spaghetti Western film  making had arrived in Spain Tota Alba was in her 50s and her film appearances were as mother figures. Alba appeared in three Euro-westerns “Billy the Kid” (1963) as Mrs. Carter, “Bullets and the Flesh” (1964) as Peggy Masters and “A Bullet for Sandoval” (1969) as the wife of the stage station manager.
 Tota passed away in Madrid, Spain in 1983.
Today we remember Tota Alba on what would have been  her 100th birthday.

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