Thrush Lolita Torres, one of the top actresses of Argentina’s golden era of cinema, died Saturday Sept. 14 in Buenos Aires of complications from a lung infection. She was 72.
Born Beatriz Mariana Torres in Avellana, near the capital city, she began singing at age 11 at a leading Buenos Aires theater and went on to record hits including “Te lo juro yo” (I Swear It to You) and “Gitano Jesus” (Gypsy Jesus). But she was best known for her film career: Starting in 1944, she appeared in 17 films alongside some of Latin America’s best-known actors in what has been deemed Argentina cinema’s “golden years.”
Among her films were “The Dance of Fortune” (her first), numerous musical comedies, “The Age of Love,” “Rhythm, Salt and Pepper” (her only screen kiss, after promising her father at the start of her career that she would never allow it) and “Up North” (her last pic).
Her career took her to many nations, particularly the former Soviet Union. She was popular for her roles as traditional yet energetic, emancipated women and was admired as a symbol of enterprising youth.
Although she retired from films in 1972, she continued to record and perform concerts, stopping in 1991, at which time her health began to decline.
In August she was named a “special citizen” by the city of Buenos Aires.
Her first husband, Santiago Rodolfo Burastero, died in 1959 after a car accident near Mar del Plata, Argentina. Her second husband, Julio Caccia, suffered a heart attack at her burial ceremony and was hospitalized. She is also survived by five children, including Latin pop singer Diego Torres.