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Carmen Sevilla

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Carmen Sevilla

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María del Carmen García Galisteo

(1930-10-16) 16 October 1930 (age 91)
Seville, Spain
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, television presenter
Years active1947–2010
(m. 1961; div. 1974)

Vicente Patuel
(m. 1985; died 2000)
ChildrenAugusto José Algueró García

María del Carmen García Galisteo MML (born 16 October 1930), known professionally as Carmen Sevilla, is a retired Spanish actress, singer and dancer. She began her career in the 1940s and became one of the most popular and highest paid stars of Spanish cinema until the 1970s. In 1991, at the age of sixty, she began her career as a television presenter working for the three major Spanish networks until her retirement in 2010.[1]

As an actress, she had leading roles in numerous films, including Imperial Violets (1952), Academy Award nominee Vengeance (1958), Don Juan (1956) and Searching for Monica (1962). She also had supporting roles in English-language epic films including King of Kings (1961) and Antony and Cleopatra (1972).

She began her career in 1942 as a dancer thanks to Estrellita Castro. In the 1950s she began to establish herself as a singer thanks to the songs she performed in her films. She released numerous albums, with many songs composed by her then husband Augusto Algueró, including coplas, boleros and tangos, and performed them on stage and television.

Early life

María del Carmen García Galisteo was born on 16 October 1930 in Seville.[2]


Sevilla made her first leading role in 1948 in Jalisco Sings in Seville. Her rise to fame came with her starring role in The Troublemaker (1950) with Tony Leblanc. She then became one of the most popular and highest paid stars of Spanish cinema.[3] In 1952 she starred Imperial Violets along Luis Mariano. She also played Mary Magdalene in the English-language Nicholas Ray's epic film King of Kings (1961).

On 3 January 1965 she made her first appearance on American television at The Ed Sullivan Show, where she performed live the songs "Mis noches de Madrid" and "Estando contigo", both composed by her then husband Augusto Algueró.[4]

In 1972, she played Octavia in the English-language Charlton Heston's film Antony and Cleopatra, She also starred in No es bueno que el hombre esté solo (1973), Nadie oyó gritar (1973), and Beatriz (1976).

In 1991, at the age of sixty, she began her career as a television presenter working in different shows and specials for the three major Spanish networks until her retirement in 2010. Her works as presenter include Telecupón [es] (1991–97) on Telecinco, La noche de Carmen (1997–98) on Antena 3 and Cine de Barrio [es] (2004–10) on Televisión Española. She also presented the broadcast of the New Year's clock bell strikes live from Puerta del Sol in Madrid once on each of the three networks, being the only person to have done so on all three networks.[5]

In January 2004, she received the 2003 Medal of Honour bestowed by the Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos.[6]

Personal life

In 2012, she was announced to be in a "very advanced stage" of Alzheimer's disease.[7] In 2015 it was reported that she no longer recognized her home.[8]

Selected filmography



  1. ^ "Carmen Sevilla profile". Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Carmen Sevilla cumple mañana 87 años sin cambios en su estado de salud". 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Spain's Top Stars Bursting Bounds Of the Economy". Variety. 17 July 1957. p. 13. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Carmen Sevilla "Estando Contigo" on The Ed Sullivan Show". The Ed Sullivan Show. 3 January 1965. CBS.
  5. ^ "De la flamenca yeyé al hip hop: así ha sido el paso de Carmen Sevilla por la historia de la TV". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 15 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Los guionistas premian el filme 'Te doy mis ojos', de Icíar Bollaín". ABC. 27 January 2004.
  7. ^ "Carmen Sevilla sufre un alzheimer muy avanzado". Telecinco. Mediaset España. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Carmen Sevilla cumple 85 años en una residencia y sin apenas reconocer a los suyos". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 16 October 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  9. ^ Aparicio Pérez, Juan Carlos; R., Juan Carlos (7 December 2001). "REAL DECRETO 1399/2001, de 7 de diciembre, por el que se concede la Medalla al Mérito en el Trabajo, en su categoría de Oro, a doña Carmen García Galisteo" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (294): 45759. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  10. ^ del Castillo Vera, Pilar; R., Juan Carlos (19 December 2003). "REAL DECRETO 1774/2003, de 19 de diciembre, por el que se concede la Medalla al Mérito en las Bellas Artes, en su categoría de oro, a doña Carmen García Galisteo" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (304): 45377. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Carmen Sevilla, Rafael Escuredo y Rocío Jurado, Hijos Predilectos e Hija Adoptiva de la provincia". ABC. 23 May 2007.

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