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Angélica Aragón

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Angélica Aragón
Angélica Aragón in 2010
Angélica Espinoza Stransky

(1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 70)
Mexico City, México
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1970–present
SpouseShajid (1972–1978)
PartnerRodrigo Martínez (1989–1990)
  • María
AwardsSilver Ariel Award as Best Supporting Actress (1994)

Angélica Espinoza Stransky (born 11 July 1953), known as Angélica Aragón (Spanish pronunciation: [aŋˈxelikaaɾaˈɣon]), is a Mexican film, television and stage actress and singer. She is daughter of the Mexican composer José Ángel Espinoza "Ferrusquilla". She is recognized for her performances in various Mexican film productions such as Cilantro y perejil (1997), Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999) and El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002) and in diverse American productions like A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2002) among others. She is also famous for having starred in two famous Mexican telenovelas: Vivir un poco (1985) and Mirada de mujer (1997).

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Early life

Angelica Espinoza Stransky is the elder daughter of the Mexican actor and composer José Ángel Espinoza "Ferrusquilla" and Sonia Stransky. She had a younger sister named Vindia (deceased in 2008). On her mother's side, she has two half-siblings, Jacqueline and John. Her maternal grandfather, of Czech origin, was a soldier in the service of Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and fought in the World War I. Her mother Sonia was the secretary of the musician Carlos Chávez.[1] Her parents divorced when Angelica was three years old. She spent her childhood accompanying her father between television and film forums. Angelica lived with her mother and sister in a house in the Colonia del Valle of Mexico City, often living with her father.[1]

Artistic training

Aragón wanted to study medicine. She studied at the Liceo Franco-Mexicano in Mexico City, where she met the Spanish actor Juan Ribó. Aragón joined the theatrical company led by Ribó, who was working on Federico García Lorca's works at the Teatro de la Alianza Francesa in Mexico City.[2][3] In 1970, she also participated in a play by the director Antonio Pasi within the Festival Cervantino, in Guanajuato. With the support of her father, she played a small character in the telenovela El amor tiene cara de mujer in 1971, produced by Televisa and directed by German director Fernando Wagner. It was through Juan Ribó that Aragón met the actor, director and playwright Alejandro Jodorowsky, participating as an extra in the film La montaña sagrada (1973). Aragón took her artistic surname in tribute to her paternal grandmother, Fredesvinda Aragón, who died in childbirth at the age of 19.[4]

A strike at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México led Aragón to emigrate to the United Kingdom. She studied theater, dance, and pantomime for seven years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Eventually, she also took courses at the London School of Contemporary Dance.[5] Parallel to her theatrical training, Aragón also did other activities in London. She worked as a cook, performed in a hospital, and sold children's clothing at Harrods. She also enrolled at the University of London, where she studied the philosophy of India, history, and languages. Aragón speaks seven languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Bengali, and Japanese.[6] As a theater student, Aragón also worked for five years as a room dresser at the National Theatre in London.[6]

Aragón went to India with her then-husband Shajid. On the recommendation of a professor at the School of Contemporary Dance in London, Aragón was accepted into Kerala Kalamandalam, one of the most important ritual dance schools in South India. Although this institution accepted only male students, Aragón was able to receive training outside the institution's classrooms.[6] In India, Aragón witnessed many works of the Kathakali theater and participated in some plays.


Returning to Mexico in 1980, Aragón joined the Mexican telenovelas of Televisa with the producer Valentín Pimstein, whom she met through the Greek director Dimitrio Sarrás.[5] She started with a small role in the telenovela Sandra y Paulina (1980), starring Jacqueline Andere. In 1981 she acted in the telenovela El hogar que yo robé, with Angélica María. In 1982, she played the female antagonist role in the telenovela Vanessa, alongside Lucía Méndez. In 1983, she co-starred with Lucero in the popular children's telenovela Chispita. In 1984, she made two more telenovelas: La fiera, alongside Victoria Ruffo, and Principessa, a telenovela that ended shortly after she was offered her first leading role.

In 1985, Valentín Pimstein gave Aragón the starring role of the telenovela Vivir un poco, the first Mexican version of the Chilean telenovela La madrastra, by writer Arturo Moya Grau. In that telenovela, Aragón gave life to the persona of Andrea, a woman unjustly accused of murder and imprisoned for twenty years in Argentina. The telenovela gained a large following and it gave Aragón one of the most outstanding successes of her career.

In 1986, the producer and director Carlos Téllez offered Aragón the starring role in the hit telenovela Cuna de lobos, but she rejected it, being replaced by Diana Bracho. Aragón's increasing presence in movies caused her not to return to television until 1989, in La casa al final de la calle, a suspense and mystery telenovela co-starred by Héctor Bonilla and Leticia Calderón. The telenovela was produced by Juan Osorio and directed by Jorge Fons.

In 1990, Aragón starred in the telenovela Días sin luna alongside Sergio Goyri, where she interpreted a painter with a terminal illness. She also made a special appearance in the telenovela En carne propia, produced by Carlos Téllez, starring alongside Edith González and Gonzalo Vega.

In 1992, Aragón was invited to act as director of dialogue in the telenovela Madres egoístas, produced by Juan Osorio. In that same year, she played "Chole", an indigenous Zapotec woman in the telenovela De frente al sol, produced by Carla Estrada, costarring with the actress María Sorté. The telenovela was so successful, that in 1993 a sequel titled Más allá del puente was produced.

In 1996, Aragón appeared in the telenovela Cañaveral de pasiones, produced by Humberto Zurita and Christian Bach, and starring Daniela Castro and Juan Soler. In this telenovela, Aragón had her first opportunity to direct in television as a guest scene director. This would be the last telenovela performed to date by Aragón on Televisa.

In 1997, the company Argos Comunicación offered Aragón the starring role in the telenovela Mirada de mujer, a Mexican adaptation of the Colombian novel Señora Isabel by Bernardo Romero Pereiro. The telenovela was produced by TV Azteca. The story of María Inés Domínguez, a mature woman in love with a younger man, brought Aragón the greatest success of her television career in a telenovela that breaks contemporary stereotypes in Mexico. Aragón starred alongside Ari Telch, Fernando Luján, Margarita Gralia, Evangelina Elizondo, and an important cast of supporting actors.

After the success of Mirada de mujer, Aragón made only sporadic appearances on television, returning with a starring role in 2000 in the telenovela Todo por amor, a Mexican version of the Colombian telenovela La madre. In 2003, she returned to television for the sequel to Mirada de mujer: Mirada de mujer, el regreso. Although the telenovela had a good audience, it did not overtake the success of the first part. In 2005, Aragón appeared in her last significant television role in the miniseries Ni una vez más, about violence against women. She also directed some episodes of the TV Azteca program Lo que callamos las mujeres. It was not until 2011 that Aragón returned to television with a small role in the television series A corazón abierto, the Mexican version of the American series Gray's Anatomy.


In 1984, Aragón made her debut in films in The Evil That Men Do with Charles Bronson, produced by Pancho Kohner (son of Mexican actress Lupita Tovar) and J. Lee Thompson.[5] This was followed by three other Hollywood productions: Toy Soldiers (1984), by David Fisher, alongside Jason Miller and Tim Robbins; Samson and Delilah (1984), made for television, alongside Max von Sydow and Victor Mature, and Dune (1984), by David Lynch, alongside Silvana Mangano, Jose Ferrer, and singer Sting, among others. Due to her participation in a Mexican telenovela, Aragón had to decline the actor and director Robert Redford's invitation to co-star with him in the film The Milagro Beanfield War. Her role was taken by the Brazilian actress Sonia Braga.[1]

In the Mexican cinema Aragón debuted in 1986 in the film Los dos frailes, next to the brothers Fernando and Mario Almada. She then appeared in other Mexican productions like Lamberto Quintero (1987) alongside the folk singer Antonio Aguilar; Sabor a mí (1988) with the singer Jose Jose, inspired by the life of the Mexican composer Alvaro Carrillo; La furia de un dios (1988), by Felipe Cazals, alongside Humberto Zurita and Assumpta Serna, and Goitia: un dios para si mismo (1989), by Diego López Rivera, inspired by the life of the painter Francisco Goitia, among other films.

At the beginning of the following decade, Aragón appeared in films like Pueblo de madera (1990), by Juan Antonio de la Riva, with Mario Almada and Gabriela Roel; Gertrudis (1992), based on the life of the Mexican political activist Gertrudis Bocanegra, with Ofelia Medina; the American production The Harvest with Miguel Ferrer and George Clooney; La señorita (1994), by Mario Hernández, with Jacqueline Andere and María Rojo, and Novia que te vea (1994), by Guita Schyfter, for which she received her first Silver Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1995, Aragón appeared in the successful film production A Walk in the Clouds, by Alfonso Aráu, with Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn. In that same year she won her second Silver Ariel Award as best supporting actress for her role in the film Cilantro y perejil, alongside Demián Bichir and Arcelia Ramírez and directed by Rafael Montero. In 1999, she appeared in the films Crónica de un desayuno by Benjamin Cann, and in the successful Sexo, pudor y lágrimas by Antonio Serrano.

In 2000, Aragón worked with Alfonso Arau in the film Picking Up the Pieces. In this production, Aragón also served as an assistant director, having the opportunity to work with stars such as Woody Allen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Sharon Stone.[7] In 2002, she appeared in the controversial and successful film by Carlos Carrera El crimen del Padre Amaro next to Gael García Bernal, for which she won the third Silver Ariel Award of her cinematographic career. In 2004 she appeared in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, starring Diego Luna. In 2005 Aragón was part of the cast of the film La mujer de mi hermano, by Ricardo de Montreuil, alongside Barbara Mori. In 2006, she appeared in the film Bella by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde. In 2009 she appeared in the American production From Mexico with Love with Kuno Becker, in the Mexican production Recién cazado starring Jaime Camil, and in the American production Looking for Palladin by the filmmaker Andrzej Krakowski, with Ben Gazzara.

In the 2010s, Aragón acted in films like Cinco de mayo: La batalla (2013), again with actor Kuno Becker; the Spanish-Mexican co-production Todos están muertos (2014), by the filmmaker Beatriz Sanchiz, sharing a scene with Elena Anaya and Patricia Reyes Spíndola, and Treintona, soltera y fantástica (2016), starring Barbara Mori. In 2016 Aragón also lent her voice to a character in the Latin American dubbing of the animated Disney film Moana. In that same year, she also appeared in the film Mr. Pig, directed by Diego Luna and starring the American actor Danny Glover. For this performance Aragón received a nomination for a Silver Ariel Award in the category of Best Actress in a Minor Role.[8]


Aragón began her acting career in various student theater projects at the Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato and at the Teatro de la Alianza Francesa. After meeting Alejandro Jodorowsky, Aragón had a small role in the play Zaratustra (1970), also featuring Héctor Bonilla, Carlos Ancira and Isela Vega. She also had a small role in the work The Lady of the Camellias (1970), directed by Jose Solé Nájera and produced by Dolores del Río.

Some of Aragón's more significant roles on stage include El día que pisamos la luna (1981), of Nancy Cárdenas; Fool for Love (1986), by Sam Shepard, with Ari Telch; Los derechos de la mujer (1988), with Rafael Banquells; Contrabando (1991), of Víctor Hugo Rascón, with Héctor Bonilla; Águila Real (1992), by Hugo Arguelles, about the life of Isabel Moctezuma; Las dos camelias (1993), directed by Susana Alexander; Poker de reinas (1993) by Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, alongside Ofelia Medina and the singers Betsy Pecanins and Margie Bermejo; Cartas de amor, directed again by Alexander, first with Héctor Bonilla (1994), and years later with César Évora (2006); and El juego de la pasión (1995), directed by Mario Espinoza, with Fernando Balzaretti.

In 1996, Aragón starred in the Hellenic Theater of Mexico City's monologue Maquillaje (Kesho), by the Japanese author Hisashi Inoue, which commemorated 100 years of Japanese emigration to Mexico. For this piece, the actress received special permission from one of the main Japanese actors of the Kabuki theater, Nakamura Kankurō V. In the performance, Aragón interpreted an actress who represents all the masculine characters on stage, in reverse fashion to conventional Kabuki theater. The editing was directed by Wendell Cordz and was an outstanding theatrical successes for Aragón.[9]

Other successful plays featuring Aragón include El verdadero oeste (2008), directed by José Caballero, with Plutarco Haza and Fabián Corres; Pequeños crímenes conyugales (2008), directed by Luis de Tavira, with Ricardo Blume; El juicio de Hidalgo (2010), directed by and starring Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo and Relaciones peligrosas (2013), with Jacqueline and Chantal Andere and directed by Aragón herself.[5]

As director, Aragón also directed the films Tengamos el sexo en paz, starring Margarita Gralia (2000); Sueña (2007), with Irma Lozano and Aarón Hernán; Por razones oscuras (2008), starring Esteban Soberanes and Roberto D'Amico, and La última palabra (2016), starring D'Amico and Pablo Perroni. In 2013 she also starred in the musical show Su Majestad, El Bolero with D'Amico.

In 2014 Aragón was invited by the director Patrick Swanson to participate in The Christmas Revels, at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University.[10]


Having received artistic training in the United Kingdom that included music, Aragón released a record titled Silencio corazónin 1997, born with the intention of preserving the compositions of her father, José Ángel Espinoza or "Ferrusquilla". The album was independently recorded.[11] In 2009 she released the album Échame a mi culpa: vida y canciones de "Ferrusquilla", a musical of her father's life. This was supported by a theatrical project featuring the actor Roberto D'Amico. In 2010, on the occasion of the bicentennial of Mexican independence, Aragón released a third album titled México: mi palabra más bella, produced by her father.[12] In 2013, Aragón released an album titled Su Majestad, El Bolero, a tribute to the bolero genre. The disc was released at the Lunario del National Auditorium.[13]

Social and political activism

Aragón has given theater workshops in various parts of Mexico. For several years, she has been part of the campaign known as Lectura en voz alta, responsible for promoting reading with children and adults in rural regions of Mexico.[14]

Aragón has been an intelligent and persistent political activist both outside and within her country. She has advocated against the sexual abuse of women, and for obtaining and promoting better working and socio-economic conditions for women. she has signed a large number of manifestos, alongside many other figures from literature, film, and both Mexican and international culture.

Personal life

When Aragón was 19 years old, she married Shajid, an Indian musician from Calcutta whom she met at a music festival in Mexico not long before. Shajid is currently in charge of the music department at the National Theatre in London. She lived in India for a year;[6] the marriage ended soon after.[15] In 1989, when Aragón was filming Goitia: un dios para si mismo in Zacatecas, she had an affair with an old friend from her youth, the historian Rodrigo Martinez. As a result of this relationship, her only daughter, María, was born.[16]



Year Title Role
1984 The Evil That Men Do María
Toy Soldiers Presidenta López
Samson and Delilah Niji
Dune Bene Gesserit Sister
1986 Los dos frailes
1987 Lamberto Quintero María de los Ángeles
1988 La furia de un dios
Sabor a mí
1989 Goitia: un dios para si mismo
1990 Pueblo de madera Corner shop owner
1992 Gertrudis Pilar Molina
1993 The Harvest Dr. Emma
1994 Novia que te vea Sarica Mataraso
La señorita
Ámbar Armandina
1995 A Walk in the Clouds María José Aragón
En el aire Teresa
1996 Sucesos distantes Irene Gorenko
Pensamientos Flor
De muerte natural Nicolasa
1997 Cilantro y perejil Teresa
1998 Fibra óptica Doña Carmen
1999 Sexo, pudor y lágrimas Carlos' mother
2000 Picking Up the Pieces Dolores
Entre la tarde y la noche Minerva
Crónica de un desayuno Estela
El grito Blanca
¿Y si Cristobal despierta? Mariana
2002 El crimen del Padre Amaro Agustina Sanjuanera
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Mrs. Suárez
Desnudos Diana's mother
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Aunt Marge Dursley (voice, Latin Spanish dub)
2005 La mujer de mi hermano Cristina
2006 Bella José's mother
2007 Cañitas: presencia Doña Elvia
2008 La Virgen Negra Lurdita
2009 Looking for Palladin Helen
From Mexico with Love Rosa Villa
Todos hemos pecado Woman in love
Recién cazado Sebastián's mother
2010 El atentado Aunt Avelina
2011 Tequila Remedios
2013 Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla Doña Soledad
2014 Todos están muertos Paquita
Alicia en el país de María Reyna
2015 Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando Elvira's mother
Estar o no estar Matrushka
2016 Treintona, soltera y fantástica Catalina
Mr. Pig Chila
Moana Grandmother Tala (voice, Latin Spanish dub)
2018 No Me Digas Solterona Tencha
2019 Powder Doña Mary
2023 Unhappily Ever After Grandmother


Year Title Role
1971 El amor tiene cara de mujer Uncredited role
1981 El hogar que yo robé Genoveva Velarde
1982 Vanessa Alejandra / Luisa
Chispita Lucía
1983 La fiera La Costeña
1984 Principessa Fernanda
1985-1989 Vivir un poco Andrea Santos
1989 La casa al final de la calle Leonor Altamirano Nájera
1990 Días sin luna Lucía
En carne propia Magdalena Dumont de Muriel
1992 De frente al sol Chole
1993 Más allá del puente Chole
1995 Agujetas de color de rosa Bertha
1996 Cañaveral de pasiones Josefina Rosales Vda. de Montero
1997 Mirada de mujer María Inés Domínguez
2000 Todo por amor Carmen Dávila
2003 Mirada de mujer, el regreso María Inés Domínguez
2005 Ni una vez más Azalea
2011 A corazón abierto Dra. Elena Carrera
2019 MotherFatherSon Verónica
2020 The Casagrandes Lupe (voice, in "Mexican Makeover")
2022 El último rey Delia Muñoz

Directing credits

Year Title
1993 Madres egoístas
1996 Cañaveral de pasiones
2001-2003 Lo que callamos las mujeres


  1. ^ a b c El minuto que cambió mi destino: Angélica Aragón, Imagen Televisión, México
  2. ^ Canal Judicial "Más que una historia": Angélica Aragón part 3
  3. ^ Shalalá: Angélica Aragón part II, TV Azteca, México
  4. ^ Canal Judicial "Más que una historia": Angélica Aragón part 1
  5. ^ a b c d Taller de Actores Profesionales (TAP): Angélica Aragón
  6. ^ a b c d Canal Judicial "Más que una historia": Angélica Aragón part 2
  7. ^ Angélica Aragón in Historias Engarzadas
  8. ^ "La 70 Years of the Silver Ariel". Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ Cartelera de Diary of an actor
  10. ^ Angélica Aragón starring in Harvar's Square The Christmas Revels
  11. ^ " Angélica Aragón records the disc "Silencio corazón"". Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  12. ^ México, mi palabra más bella
  13. ^ No lo cuentes: Angélica Aragón presents a new album
  14. ^ Canal Judicial "Más que una historia": Angélica Aragón parte. 1
  15. ^ Historias Engarzadas: Angélica Aragón 3
  16. ^ Historias Engarzadas: Angélica Aragón 2

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