Spanish director, film actress and television cook interviewer Elena Santonja died October 17th. She was 84. Born Maria Elena Santonja Esquivias in Madrid on May 29, 1932 in Madrid she was one of the pioneer presenters on Spanish TV hosting a daily cooking show where she interviewed guests such as Fernando Fernan Gomez, Sara Montiel, Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Ferrandis. Married to film director Jaime de Armiñán and had three children: Alvaro, Eduardo and Carmen who work in various aspects of the Spanish film industry. Maria appeared as Mrs. Murray in the 1964 Euro-western “Ride and Kill” starring Alex Nicol.
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