Carmen Rico-Godoy

One of the Spain’s most influential femme writers, Carmen Rico-Godoy, died Sept. 12 from cancer at her Madrid home. She was 62.

Rico-Godoy’s ambitions were foreshadowed by her mother, Josefina Carabias, a pioneering female journalist in the 1930s.

As a columnist at weekly magazine Cambio 16 from 1970 to 1995, Rico-Godoy became a leading voice for a democratic revolution, which has seen Spanish women gain access to education, the workplace, the vote and divorce.

A longtime socialist and companion of producer Andres Vicente Gomez from 1975, she helped steer Gomez towards producing a commercial cinema with a social underbelly and international appeal.

Carlos Saura’s “Ay, Carmela!” (1990), Bigas Luna’s “Jamon, Jamon” trilogy (1992-94) and Fernando Trueba’s Oscar-winning “Belle Epoque” (1992) were some standout results.

In life, Rico-Godoy was celebrated for a laconic but lacerating self-irony that left a whiff of conversational cordite in the air. She turned her gift to a series of screenplays. peaking with box office hit “How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt,” (1991) a knowing take on marriage and machismo in Spain.

Many writers have addressed contempo Spanish womanhood, but few with the persuasive good-humor of Rico-Godoy.

She is survived by a son.

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