Jorge Negrete: Mexican movie icon remembered in Los Angeles exhibition
Jorge Negrete was one of Mexico’s biggest movie stars ever. Although the actor / singer died more than half a century ago – of hepatitis while in Los Angeles in 1953, at the age of 42 – he is still celebrated as one of the Mexican film industry’s most important movie icons, along with the likes of María Félix (Negrete’s second wife), Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, and Dolores del Rio.
Well, whether or not you’re familiar with Jorge Negrete’s work, if you live in Los Angeles you’ll have the chance to check out the photographic exhibit “¡Mexicano Lindo y Querido!,” described as “a celebration of the life and work” of Jorge Negrete. Presented by the Cervantes Center of Arts and Letters, the Negrete exhibit kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles at 125 Paseo de la Plaza #100 in downtown L.A. The exhibit is free and will be open to the public until Saturday, December 8, 2012.
Jorge Negrete photo exhibit
According to the Cervantes Center of Arts and Letters’ press release, its Jorge Negrete exhibit “commemorates the close of Negrete’s birth-centennial celebration [Negrete was born in Guanajuato on Nov. 30, 1911] by presenting a range of images that showcase the actor’s iconic work in Mexican cinema, his lead in establishing Mexico’s Actors Guild Association, on to the last glimpses of Negrete alive upon his arrival at Los Angeles Airport in 1953.”
Jorge Negrete movies
Unlike fellow Mexicans Pedro Armendáriz, Arturo de Córdova, Dolores del Río, and Ramon Novarro, Jorge Negrete never became a Hollywood performer. He was featured in only one Hollywood movie, the Hal Roach Studios’ medium-length [45 min.] 1941 release Fiesta.
Next door in Mexico, however, Negrete starred in more than 40 films. Among his best known Mexican movies are Julio Bracho’s Historia de un gran amor (Story of a Great Love, 1942), with Negrete’s off-screen companion Gloria Marín; Miguel Zacarías’ The Rock of Souls / El peñón de las Ánimas (1943), with María Félix; and Zacarías’ A Letter of Love / Una carta de amor (1943), also with Gloria Marín.