Starred in Bunuel film, telenovelas

Actress and writer Lucy Gallardo, one of the stars of Luis Bunuel’s classic film “The Exterminating Angel” and later a star and writer of telenovelas, died from complications from COPD in Los Angeles on Aug. 11. She was 82.

Gallardo was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Mexico, where she had a long acting career, before moving to Los Angeles, where lived the last 25 years of her life.

Gallardo made her first film appearance in 1949 Argentine film “Angeles de uniforme” and starred in dozens of films, the most prominent of which was Bunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel,” in which she appeared alongside her husband, Enrique Rambal.

Her last movie was the 2005 independent film “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer,” starring America Ferrera and Elizabeth Pena.

Gallardo’s telenovela work including a memorable performance as Lucy Scala in “El Amor Tiene Cara de Mujer.” Among her most recent writing credits are the telenovelas “La Extrana Dama” and “Cosecharas tu Siembra.”

In theater, she made her mark in Mexico in plays including “Los Grandes Sebastiani,” “La Mujer Asesinadita” and “Aurelia y Sus Hombres.”

She also worked for Family Theater Prods.’ Voz Latina, acting in radio programs for the family. Gallardo was the matriarch in “La Historia de Quien Soy,” the first Spanish-language radio program produced in Los Angeles by Hispanics for Hispanics.

Gallardo is survived by a daughter, actress and TV host Rebeca Rambal.

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