Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday Elisa Montes

Elisa Montes was born Elisa Euiz Penella on December 15, 1934 in Granada, Granada, Spain. Ever since she was a child she has dedicated herself to acting, debuting on the big screen in 1954 with the film “Elena”, by Jesús Pascual. Near the end of the 1950s she worked in the cinema and obtained notable roles, acting in “La vida en un bloc” by Luis Lucia, “Ana dice sí” (1959), by Pedro Lazaga, costarring Fernando Fernán Gómez and Analía Gadé, and “La cuarta ventana” (1963), by Julio Coll, costarring Montés’s two sisters, Emma Penella [1930-2007] and Terele Pávez [1939-    ].
In the 1960s, Montés frequently worked in co-productions and Euyro westerns, with titles like “Samson and the Mighty Challenge” (1964),  “Outlaw of Red River” (1965), “Seven Dollars on the Red” (1966), “Texas, Adiós” (1966), “Return of the Seven” (1967) and “Maneater of Hydra” (1967).
She also started working in Spanish TV during this period, acting in the series ‘Tragedias de la vida vulgar’, with her then-husband Antonio Ozores [1928-2010], and her brother-in-law, José Luis Ozores [1923-1968], and forming a part of the successful cast of Valerio Lazarov, ‘El Irreal Madrid’ (1969).
Later her appearances on television and in movies decreased gradually, especially in her participation in one of the most emblematic series in the history of Spanish television: ‘Verano azul’ (1981), by Antonio Mercero, in which she played Carmen, the mother of Bea (Pilar Torres) and Tito (Miguel Joven).
On the other hand, her theater career boomed as she acted in “Es mentira” (1980), and “Las prostitutas os precederán en el reino de los cielos” (1984), by José Luis Martín Descalzo.
In 1991 she returned to film to star in “Martes de Carnaval”, with Fernando Guillén and Juan Diego. Before retiring, she played in the series by Antena 4 ‘Hermanos de leche’ (1994–1995) and in the movie “Mar de luna” (1995), with the lead role played by her sister Emma Penella.
Today we celebrate one beauties of the Euro-western Elisa Montes on her 80th birthday.

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