Angélica Aragón

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Angélica Espinoza Stransky, best known as Angélica Aragón (Spanish pronunciation: ; born July 11, 1953) s 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. Also famous for having starred in two famous Mexican telenovelas: Vivir un poco (1985) and Mirada de mujer (1997).

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 brothers: 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. Sonia, her mother, was the secretary of the musician Carlos Chávez. Her parents divorced when Angelica was three years old. She spent her childhood between television and film forums accompanying her father. Angelica lived with her mother and sister in a house in the Colonia del Valle of Mexico City, often living with her father.

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

A strike at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México led Angelica to emigrate to 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. Parallel to her theatrical training. Aragón also performed various activities in London. She worked as a cook and performed in a hospital and sold children's clothing at Harrods. She also enrolled at the University of London, where she studied Philosophy of India, History and Languages. Aragón speaks seven languages: Spanish. English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Bengali and Japanese. As a theater student, Aragón also worked for five years (as a room dresser) at the National Theatre in London.

Aragón came to India circumstantially with her then husband. On the recommendation of a professor at the School of Contemporary Dance in London, Aragón gets 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 outside classes outside the institution's classrooms. In India, Aragón witnessed many works of the Kathakali theater and participated in some plays.

Returning to Mexico in 1980, Aragón joins the Mexican telenovelas of Televisa with the producer Valentín Pimstein, whom she met through the Greek director Dimitrio Sarrás. She started with a small role in the telenovela Sandra y Paulina (1980), starring Jacqueline Andere. In 1981 she acts in the telenovela El hogar que yo robé, with Angelica Maria. In 1982 she performs the feminine antagonistic role of the telenovela Vanessa, next to Lucía Méndez. In 1983 she shares stellar with Lucero in the popular children's telenovela Chispita. In 1984 she made two more telenovelas: La fiera, next to Victoria Ruffo and Principessa, telenovela that leaves shortly after having initiated to being offered her first leading role.

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