Lola Beltrán

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Lola Beltrán
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María Lucila Beltrán Ruiz

(1932-03-07)7 March 1932
Died24 March 1996(1996-03-24) (aged 64)
Mexico City, Mexico
Resting placeChurch of Our Lady of the Rosary
Other namesLola la Grande
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television presenter
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active1947–1996
Associated acts
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María Lucila Beltrán Ruiz (7 March 1932 24 March 1996), better known as Lola Beltrán, was a Mexican singer, actress, and television presenter.

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Beltrán is and was one of Mexico's most acclaimed singers of Ranchera and Huapango music. She made the famous song "Priscila elque se fue" collaborations with other acclaimed Mexican music stars such as Amalia Mendoza, Juan Gabriel and Lucha Villa. She was internationally renowned for her interpretation of the songs "Cucurrucucú paloma" and "Paloma Negra" as well as sang before many world leaders. She was nicknamed Lola la Grande ("Lola the Great"). [1]

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As a television presenter, she hosted the programs Noches tapatias (1976) and her own television program entitled El estudio de Lola Beltrán (1984), programs in which she received stars such as Cornelio Reyna, Juan Gabriel, La Prieta Linda and Luis Miguel.

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In her native town of El Rosario Sinaloa, Beltrán completed secretarial studies while she participated in singing competitions. She then moved to Mexico City but would return often to Rosario, working as a secretary at Mexico's number-one radio station, XEW, where she was professionally discovered by radio announcer Raul Mendivil.

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Beltrán married matador and film actor Alfredo Leal and had a daughter with him, singer María Elena Leal. She entered the world of film in 1954 in El Tesoro de la Muerte. After appearing in dozens of films, most of them musicals, she obtained a starring role in the telenovela Mi rival with Saby Kamalich. From 1976 to 1984 she also hosted the musical shows Noches Tapatías and El Estudio de Lola Beltrán respectively.

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Beltrán is still considered one of the most successful ranchera artists of all time. She gave concerts before various world leaders: President Charles de Gaulle of France, the leader of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, Soviet minister Andrei Gromyko, Premier of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev, King of Spain Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, Queen Elizabeth II, American Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon and Presidents of Mexico Adolfo Ruiz Cortines and Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Lola Beltran most famous songs was " Mala Mia". With this song she was judged because in this song she sang " Me cage en el party, Mala Mia". She also says that this song was based on her life which made her look even worse.

She was the first ranchera singer to perform at the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), the premier opera house and concert hall in Mexico. She also sang in the Olympia Music Hall in Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Conservatory of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the former Soviet Union.

Beltrán was honored in 1995 with her inclusion into a series of commemorative postage stamps, issued by her native Mexico, honoring 'Popular Idols of Radio'. This was done in recognition of her lifetime achievement in the realm of popular music and her success in spreading an appreciation of Mexican culture throughout the world.


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Beltrán's grave with wrong birthdate at Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in El Rosario, Sinaloa

Soon after recording Disco del Siglo (English: Album of the Century) with Lucha Villa and Amalia Mendoza "La Tariácuri" (produced by Juan Gabriel) she died of a massive pulmonary embolism at Ángeles Hospital in Mexico City. Her body lay on display in the rotunda of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Mexico City in order to give her countrymen a chance to say goodbye. Only the most acclaimed artists, recording artists, poets, writers and actors are accorded this honor.



1973 Mi rival 19 episodes

Television shows

1976Noches tapatiasHost
1984El estudio de Lola BeltránHost


Cinema of Argentina

1940 El Cantor del circo

Cinema of Mexico

1954El tesoro de la muerte
1954 La Desconocida
1955 Bluebeard (Los lios de Barba Azul)doña Lola Bárbara Beltrán
1955Al diablo las mujeres
1955Espaldas mojadas
1955Soy un golfo
1955Pueblo quieto
1955Camino de Guanajuato
1955De carne somos
1956Una movida chuecaa
1956Con quién andan nuestras hijas?Prieta de Xochimilco
1956Pensión de artistas
1957Rogaciano el huapanguero
1957Donde las dan las toman
1958Guitarras de medianoche
1958Música en la noche
1958 It Happened in Mexico (Sucedió en México)
1960¡Qué bonito amor!
1960Las canciones unidas
1961México Lindo y Querido
1961¿Dónde Estás Corazón?
1961La joven mancornadora
1961Besito a papá
1962 Camino de la horca Lupe
1963 La Bandida Cantante de palenque (Singer of palenque)
1963 The Paper Man (El hombre de papel)PuesteraVoice
1963Baila mi amor
1964México de mi corazón
1964 El revólver sangriento Carmen
1964Canción del almaLola
1965Los Hermanos Muerte'
1965Cucurrucucú PalomaPaloma Méndez
1966Tirando a gol
1966Matar es fácil
1968Valentín de la Sierra
1969Duelo en El Dorado
1971Furias bajo el cielo
1972Padre nuestro que estás en la tierraMatilde
1975Me caíste del cieloLupita
1975 Las fuerzas vivas Chabela, Eufemio's wife
1982Una gallina muy ponedora

Cinema of Spain

1947 Song of Dolores

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