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Born: December 15, 1937 in Mexico City, Mexico.
proven herself to be a very popular actress in her native Mexico and
has boasted quite an impressive list of credits. She was born
Maria de la Concepcion Lorena Villar Donde on December 15, 1937 in
Mexico City. She made her film debut at 21 in 1955 as a waitress
in "Caras nuevas", but quickly took on more interesting
parts. She competed in Miss Mexico in 1958 and placed
second. Second? It's hard to believe she wasn't
first! She DID win the competition in 1960, but refused to
represent Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant.
Her beauty queen career was a
big influence on the kinds of roles she
was given. Lorena played hot women wrestlers, alluring cowgirls,
tempting space-women, and even a sultry vampire! She mainly did
films until the 1970s, then made the transition to TV. Since
then, she's gone back and forth from big to little screen. Her
father, Victor Velazquez, and younger sister Teresa Velasquez are also
very successful actors.
Zorina: Queen of the Vampires
was her breakthrough role in 1961's "El
santo contra las mujures vampiros" (Samson vs. the Vampire Women) and
instantly brought her cult icon status. In 1962, she starred as
Mexico's champion lady wrestler Gloria Venus in the first Luchadoras
(Women Wrestlers) film. She starred in the first three of the
four original Luchadoras movies. Elizabeth Campbell was the sole
wrestler in the final installment from 1966. Another
internationally popular role for Lorena was in 1966's "El planeta de
las mujeres invasoras" (Planet of the Women Invaders) where she played
a duo role as an evil queen and a good sister. That film was
actually the subject of celebration at a film convention held in San
Diego, California early March, 2008. Lorena made an appearance
and still looked great!
She has been married/divorced
twice. First to Robert Taylor
Morris and then to Eduardo Novoa. The years are not known to me
at this time.