Fascinating Facts About Mexico

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Mexico is famous for its singers.A number of Mexican singers have gained worldwide fame.They include Paulina Rubio, Thalia, Luis Miguel,Emmnauel, Ana Gabriel, Alejandra Gúzman, Isabel Vargas Lizano,Gloria Trevi, José José and Armando Manzanero.

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The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was “re-discovered” by the historian and writer Haydeen Herrera. In 1983, in the United States, Haydeen Herrera published a book called “Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo”. Like Eva Duarte de Perón (ex-First Lady of Argentina), Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous women in the world since 1983.

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Between 1940 and 1958, Mexico became the centre of the international film industry. Great stars of the golden era of the cinematography of Mexico Jorge Negrete, who was famous as a gentleman, and the actress Dolores del Río. The great actor, Pedro Infante, also started his career in the golden era of the cinema of Mexico. The most popular film of 1942, “El Peñon de las Animas”, starring María Félix and Jorge Negrete, was one of the most successful films in Mexico and Latin America. However, films critics often choose the 1975 film “Letters from Marusia”, as the best film ever.

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Dolores del Río was a Mexican motion-picture actress.Her great beauty made her a world-famous sex symbol.She was in Durango,Mexico.

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Certainly, Mexico is one of the world’s exotic countries. It is known for its heritage of the amazing pyramids built by Aztecs and Mayas. The Latin American country is famous for its traditions, culture ecology and beaches. There are excellent beaches for relaxing, swimming and sailing. The Cancun beach is one of the most popular travel destinations of the Mexican Caribbean.

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The 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Octavio Paz, a novelist and essayist. He was the fifth Latin-American to receive the prize.Octavio Paz was the literary patriarch of Mexico.

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The Acapulco Center is one of the main concert and performance centers in the world.

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Gael García Bernal is probably the most popular Latin-American actor since 1959. He has been called “The Latin James Dean”. However, he does not see himself as a “sex symbol”.Gael said to the media in Beverly Hills, California, “There thousands of “Latin James Deans”.There are always going to be new “Marlon Brandos” and new “James Deans”. That´s why the statement no longer has any importance. Besides, I feel that James Dean´s movies are different from mine. And, Well, to begin with, I don´t have enough money to buy a Porsche…”

Gael García Bernal was on November 30, 1978, in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico), the son of Jose Angel and Patricia Bernal de García. He once said: “I spent a lot of time with my parents. They did not have anyone at home to take care of me, so I had to go everywhere with them. I traveled a lot in Mexico and also to Cuba. I was a lot of fun”.

His movie credits include: “Love`s a Bitch” (2000), “The Crime of Father Amaro” (2002), “And your Mother Too” (2001), “I´m with Lucy” (2002), “Dot the I” (2003), “Dreaming of Julia” (2003), “Bad Education” (2004), “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004), “The King” ( 2005), “Babel” (2006), and “The Science of Sleep” (2006).

In addition to Spanish, Gael speaks English, French and Italian.

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Mexico is a study in contrasts.Bustling modern places with all the latest amenities are surrounded by mountains and rainforest.

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The Mexican people have many idols: María Félix (actress), Frida Kahlo (painter), Mario Moreno( best known as “Cantinflas”), Rufino Tamayo (painter), Diego Rivera (painter), Agustin Lara (composer), Carlos Fuentes (writer), Thalia (singer), Juan Gabriel (composer and singer), José Clemente Orozco (painter), Juan Rulfo (writer), José Vasconcelos (writer), Kathy Jurado (actress), Guadalupe Jones Garay (Miss Universe 1991),Jorge Negrete (actor), Pedro Infante (actor) and Lucía Méndez (actress).

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On November 26, 1985, Rodolfo Neri Vela. was the second Latin- American astronaut to fly in space. He was ready for his first space mission in 1985 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. Rodolfo was on February 19, 1952, in Chilpancingo, Mexico.

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María Félix was an actress who starred in popular Mexican films such as “El Peñon de las Animas”, “La China Poblana”, “Doña Barbara” and “La Generala”.Undoubtebly the most beautiful actress in the history. María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña, always called “La doña” or María Félix, was on April 8, 1914, in Alamos, Sonora (Mexico). She died on April 8,2000, in Mexico City. Certainly, she was an international celebrity.

She was long considered one of the most beautiful women in the 20th century, arguably, one of the best actresses in Latin America, Spain, Italy and France.If she had spoken English very well, María Félix will be remembered as the best actress of the world.

Different from María Montez and Rita Moreno, María Félix did not accept small roles in Hollywood. She once said: “I was not to carry a basket”.Like Pele (Brazilian ex-footballer player) and Carlos Gardel (Argentinian singer), María Félix is a symbol in Latin America.

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Mexico has had many famous athletes in the past century: Raul González (track and field), Joaquín Capilla (diving), Carlos Girón (diving), Hugo Sánchez (soccer),José Youshimatz (cycling), Bernardo Segura (track and field),Héctor López (boxing), Juan Paredes (boxing) ,Humberto Mariles (equestrian), Felipe Muñoz (swimming), Raúl Ramírez (tennis), Rafael Osuna Herrera (tennis), Ernesto Canto (track and field), Arturo Barrios (track and field),Daniel Bautista (track and field) and Olegario Vázquez (shooting).

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Elsa Benítez is a supermodel from Mexico. She was on December 8, 1977, in Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico). Ironically, she looks like European supermodel. Like Alek Wek (Sudan) and Fernanda Tavares (Brazil), she works in the United States and Europe. Elsa Benítez was the cover girl for Sports Illustrated´s Swimsuit Issue 2001.

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Dafne Molina Lona was among the few Mexican entering the finals of any international beauty pageant.She almost won the Miss World pageant in 2005.She was a national celebrity when she returned to China after the competition.She was in the hands of Lupita Jones, who is the President of Nuestra Belleza (or Miss Mexico).Dafne was in Mexico City.

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