Actress Lucy Gallardo, who appeared in dozens of Mexican films and telenovelas, died Saturday in her home in Los Angeles of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 82.
Gallardo starred in writer-director Luis Bunuel’s thought-provoking drama The Exterminating Angel (1962) alongside her late husband, Enrique Rambal.
She stood out in the 1970s Mexican telenovela El Amor Tiene Cara de Mujer (Love Has a Female Face), a remake of a popular Argentine series, and had a role in the 2005 independent film How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, with America Ferrera and Elizabeth Pena.
Gallardo was born in Buenos Aires on Dec. 13, 1929, and moved to Mexico, where she had a long and fruitful career. She spent the past 25 years in Los Angeles with her daughter, actress Rebeca Rambal, who survives her.
Gallardo also played the matriarch in the Family Theater Productions drama La Historia de Quien Soy (The Story of Who I Am), said to be the first Spanish-language radio program produced in Los Angeles by Hispanics for Hispanics (it debuted in 1997); wrote for telenovelas; and appeared in numerous theater productions.