By John Hecht
She worked under surrealist great Luis Bunuel
MEXICO CITY – Mexican actress Columba Dominguez, who worked with director Luis Bunuel during Mexico's golden age of cinema, died at 85 on Wednesday of unknown causes.
Dominguez, recipient of a lifetime achievement award at Mexico's Ariel Awards ceremony last year, appeared in more than 60 films and TV series throughout a career that spanned six decades. She is best known for the lead role in the Bunuel drama The River and Death, and for Pueblerina, a romantic drama from renowned writer-director Emilio Fernandez.
Dominguez's nephew Giuliano Molina, who made the announcement of the death via Twitter, posted a picture Wednesday of his aunt and Fernandez having drinks with Marilyn Monroe.
Dominguez was a second cousin of Babel screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga.
The film academy here said in a statement that Mexican cinema has lost one of its great icons.
DOMINGUEZ, Columba (Columba Dominguez Alarid)
Born: 3/4/1929, Guaymas, Sonoroa, Mexico
Died: 8/13/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Columba Dominguez’s westerns – actress:
El caudillo – 1957
Viva la parranda – 1960
Duelo indio - 1961
Enterrado vivo – 1961
The Coup de Grace - 1961
My Son, the Hero – 1961 (la viuda)
Duelo de pistoleros – 1966 (Lola)
Ambicion sangrienta - 1968
Soy el hijo delgallero – 1978