International film star was 77

Actress Ana Casares died March 13 of undisclosed causes in Buenos Aires, it was reported this week. She was 77.

Born Ana Urman, she and her family fled Poland during World War II to Argentina, where she began her career in the 1952 stage performance of “La tia de Carlos.”

After a bit part in the film “El complejo de Felipe,” helmer Lucas Demare cast her in a lead of his 1956 “El ultimo perro.” That led to features in pix like Leopoldo Torres Rios’ San Sebastian-laurelled “Demasiado jovenes” (The Model) and Fernando Ayala’s swindler tale “El Jefe” (The Boss), earning her comparisons to Brigitte Bardot for her likeness to the French star.

Casares lived seven years in Spain during the 1960s, performing in movies like “El diablo en vacaciones” and Jesus Franco’s female detective tale “Rote Lippen, Sadisterotica” (Red Lips) and psychedelic crime comedy “Kiss Me, Monster.” She also acted in French and Italian productions like Giorgio Simonelli’s western “Two Gangsters in the Wild West.”

Returning to Buenos Aires in 1968, she starred in “La vida continua,” Leopoldo Torre Nilsson’s gangster tale “El Pibe Cabeza” (Kid Head) and telenovelas like “Trampa para un sonador.”

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