Argentine comic actress Nelly Beltran, whose career spanned 60 years, died Dec. 2 of complications related to anemia and diabetes in Buenos Aires. She was 82.
After a start in radio at the age of 10, Beltran, who was born Nelida Dodo Lopez Valverde, went on to land a part in the 1952 play “Las lagrimas tambien se secan” (Tears Also Are Dried). Beltran’s performance won her the revelation actress of the year award and helped her expand into film, with her first role in Leopoldo Torre Nilsson’s 1955 feature “Para vestir santos.”
Her performance as a prostitute in Mario Soffici’s 1958 “Rosaura a las diez” (Rosaura at 10 o’clock) won her critical acclaim.
She stood out with her comic performances in the TV series “Telecomicos,” “Todo es amor”, “Noche de comedias” and “La banda del Golden Rocket.” Beltran performed in 85 legit performances including “Boeing Boeing,” in which she shared the stage with Osvaldo Miranda and Ernesto Bianco.
With her husband, the late Maurice Jouvet, they became a famed couple in Argentina like fellow celebrity couple Pepe Cibrian and Ana Maria Campoy. Their daughter, Monica Jouvet, died in 1981 after a traffic accident, cutting short the 26-year-old’s career in acting.
Beltran’s last big-screen performance was in Alberto Fischerman’s romantic comedy “Ya no nay hombres” (There Are No Men Left) with Georgina Barbarossa and the Italian spaghetti Western idol Giuliano Gemma in the lead roles.
— Charles Newbery