Sunday, November 26, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Mary Begona

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Mary Begona was an alias for María Begoña Bragas who was born in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain on April 4, 1925. She was a singer and dancer, theater, film and TV actress. She worked mainly in theatre as a vedette and later as a comedy actress in the cinema. He also made numerous appearances on television. Among them, Hostal Royal Manzanares.

In 1944, Mary took part in the show that consecrated a legendary couple: Lola Flores and Manolo Caracol. With them – and supposedly at the age of 15 she starred in “Zambra” and toured on stage in several Spanish cities. Later she managed to occupy a prominent position on posters as a dancer alongside Pepe Marchena. In 1946 the impresario Colsada set up a company of revues presenting himself with the show De la tierra a Venus. As female stars it featured Mary Begoña and Dorita del Alba.

Her filmography, which began in 1960, is not very extensive and does not include any major titles of Spanish cinema. At the end of the 1990s she enjoyed some popularity again for her appearance in the popular Lina Morgan comedy TV series ‘Hostal Royal Manzanares’.

At the beginning of the 21st century, she semi-retired. In 2000 she appeared in “The Prince's Bride” and a year later in “Approved in Chastity”, the last stage appearance also by Chicho Ibáñez Serrador. Shee then made a brief appearance in television series and quietly retired.

Begona appeared in only one Euro-western and that was a small role as a prostitute in 1962’s “Torrejón City”.

BEGONA, Mary (aka Mari Begoña, María Begoña, Mary Begoña) (María Begoña Bragas) [4/4/1925, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain – 4/12/2020, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – dancer, theater, film, TV actress, singer.

Torrejón City – 1962 (prostitute)

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