Esther Fernández: the star of the Golden Age who retired at the age of 37 and died in oblivion

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Esther Fernández: the star of the Golden Age who retired at the age of 37 and died in oblivion

Esther Fernández retired from the cinema after being the first actress of the Golden Age (Photo: Twitter/@INEHRM)

Esther Fernandez was the leading actress Of the call Golden era and, despite her great success on screen, she was forced to retire at 37.

Born in Jalisco in 1915, Esther Fernández showed great interest in the performing arts from a young age, which is why He made his film debut at the age of 16. with the tape hearts in defeat. From then on she participated in other small productions of different directors.

It was not until 1936 when the director Fernando de Fuentes saw in her a great talent and invited her to star in one of his films and filmed the first version of Beyond the big ranchbeside Tito Guizar. With this tape it is believed that began the Golden Age of Mexican cinemaas it was the first to gain international popularity and take abroad the image of what the country was like at the time of the Revolution.

"There in the big ranch" It was the first Mexican film that managed to reach an international audience (Photo: Twitter @tlaxcalaaldia)
“Allá en el rancho grande” was the first Mexican film that managed to reach an international audience (Photo: Twitter @tlaxcalaaldia)

Esther was one of the first to enter the so-called Star Systemwhere actresses were hired according to the popularity that they had had in the films where they had participated and how much the public liked them.

After the good acceptance it received with There in the big ranchthe young actress became one of the most covetedso in his short career he came to work in at least 40 tapes.

Some of his most famous roles were in holy, those below, perfect lady, The adelita Y peach blossomsame with which she became one of the prototypes of the image that an actress should have.

Fernández became the first promise of Mexican cinema in its golden years (Photo: INAH)
Fernández became the first promise of Mexican cinema in its golden years (Photo: INAH)

During the recordings of The adelitaa film in which he co-starred with Pedro Armendarizwould have started some kind of relationship with his colleague, so he would have marriage requestEsther, thinking it was a joke, agreed. The actor then would have thought that it was a real commitment, so he went to a judge to marry them. Fernandez seeing this, ran away apologizing.

After her success in Mexico, her fame reaching the United States and the strange and short engagement she had with Armendáriz, she was hired by Paramount Pictures to act in different films, but with the condition that beforehand he had to take English classes, acting, singing and dancing.

After months of effort and camera tests by the actress for different film castings, she did not rise to fame in Hollywood until 1946 with Two Years Before the Mast.

The actress did castings for different films such as "For Whom the Bell Tolls"but it did not have the same success as in Mexico (Photo: INAH)
The actress auditioned for different films such as “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, but it did not have the same success as in Mexico (Photo: INAH)

She had a brief success on American soil, but decided to return to Mexico, where she was still one of the most sought-after actresses. She made some of the most important productions of her career, such as Mrs. Perfectnext to Dolores del Rio Y Charles Navarro.

However, tragedy struck the actress’s life when she was diagnosed with hepatitis. He decided to get away from the media for a while to fight his illness, and that retirement was extended to two years.

When he tried to return to the seventh art, at the age of 37, he received very few job offers, as the producers were supposedly looking for new talent for their films. It was then that he had to say goodbye to cinema.

Esther devoted herself to painting after she had to leave the cinema (Photo: INAH)
Esther devoted herself to painting after she had to leave the cinema (Photo: INAH)

From then on he dedicated himself to painting, which was already his hobby, but it became his job. She occasionally participated in other productions, but he no longer received the same attention as before.

It is known that in his last years of life he had problems circulationso he asked for assistance in the Actor’s House two months before his death.

It was at the Actor’s House where passed away on October 21, 1999 at the age of 84.

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