Monday, March 23, 2015

Cantinflas (Star of the Month) Social Media Shares

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(Will be updated throughout the remainder of the month)


1956's Around the World in 80 Days' featured an endless cast (including cameos) of Hollywood stars, like Charles Boyer, Marlene Dietrich, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, and David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, and Robert Newton in the leading roles. It was Cantinflas who received the most praise for his performance, however. He won the Golden Globe for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical' in 1957.

Read a 1958 article in The Cavalier Daily that mentions Cantinflas "stealing the show": article here.

Screenshot of full page in The Cavalier Daily

Ironically, U.S. publications promoting the 1960 film, Pepe, practically referred to Cantinflas as someone who was only famous in Mexico--and interestingly enough, he was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor (in a Comedy or Musical) for his work in the film.


Headline of the Lodi News-Sentinel article

Cantinflas was one of many celebrities who got together to raise money for victims of the tragic Mexico City earthquake of 1985. The first quake occurred on May 28, 1985. The second (and most powerful with an 8.1 magnitude) took place on September 19, 1985. Two aftershocks occurred after September 19th--the first the next day and the final one on April 30, 1986. An estimated 10,000 lives were lost in this earthquake, but experts believe that the number could have been as high as 40,000. 

Of course, this year will mark 30 years since that tragic event, and I personally want to use this opportunity to share my thoughts, prayers, and positive energy with all of those who will be remembering their lost loved ones in September.

Click here to read more about the telethon that aired on the Spanish International Network (now known as Univision). 

In February of 1961, journalist Mae Tinee provided readers of the Chicago Tribune with a glimpse into Cantinflas' life and career! Click here to read her article.

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