The mayor of Seville, Jose Luis Sanz, has confirmed that the possibility of granting Carmen Seville the title of Favorite Daughter posthumously on May 30, 2024 on the occasion of the day of san fernando, patron saint of Seville.
Biography of Carmen Sevilla
Carmen Sevilla, whose real name is María del Carmen García Galisteo, was born in Seville, Spain, in 1930. From an early age, she showed a vocation for dance and music. She debuted as a dancer in the company of little star castro at thirteen years old.
Carmen quickly became a familiar face on the Spanish art scene, both in film and music. Her career really took off at the age of 18, when she made her film debut in "Jalisco sings in Seville»(1948),
In her personal life, Carmen was married to the composer Augusto Algueró, but they separated after several years. In the 1980s, during her second marriage to Vicente Patuel, Sevilla largely withdrew from public life.
She returned to television in 1989 as a presenter on Tele 5. Despite the fact that her forgetfulness and carelessness made her the object of imitations by comedians, Sevilla maintained a positive attitude and demonstrated her ability to laugh at her own mistakes. Carmen Sevilla is remembered as one of the most outstanding figures of Spanish music and cinema.
Carmen Sevilla, possible favorite daughter
Jose Luis Sanz, mayor of Seville, confirmed on Wednesday that the services of the city's Urban Planning Department are looking for suitable locations for a street that will bear the name of Carmen Seville, the beloved Spanish actress and singer who passed away on Tuesday June 27 at the age of 92. Sanz also anticipated the possibility of granting Carmen Seville, a "cinema myth» Spanish, the posthumous title of Favorite Daughter on May 30, 2024. Date on which the day of San Fernando, patron saint of Seville, is celebrated.
The news was shared by Sanz after a visit to the tram expansion works in Nervión. He stressed that Carmen Seville «carried the name of the city all over the world" Y "decided to take Seville as an artistic name«, and in recognition of this, the municipal government proposes to honor her with a street named after her at the next ordinary plenary session.
Carmen Seville, who lived in a nursing home since 2015 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009, was a much-loved figure on the Spanish art scene. Throughout her career, she has participated in 80 films in Spain and in other countries such as Argentina, Mexico, France, Italy and Hollywood. She was a gifted dancer, a passionate singer, and a captivating television host.
Prolific and successful career
The actress began her career as a flamenco dancer in 1942, under the tutelage of the singer and actress little star castro, and made his film debut in «spanish serenade» (1947). Her first starring role came in "Jalisco sings in Seville» (1949), together with Jorge Negrete. Her ability to act and her charisma led her to work in international productions such as «King of Kings»(1961) and«Antony and Cleopatra» (1962). In addition to rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant y Ricardo Montalban.
The actress' singing career was also consolidated in the 1960s. It is at this stage that she takes advantage of the fame acquired in the previous decade to publish more than 15 albums of coplas, boleros, tangos and chotis. In the 70s, she regained the support of the public and critics when she became one of the protagonists of the new Spanish cinema.
Carmen Sevilla and her work on Television
Sevilla, who was also known for her work on television, left an indelible mark on the collective memory with programs like «Neighborhood Cinema», which he presented from 2004 to 2010. His career was recognized with numerous awards. Among those that we highlight, the Gold Medal for Merit in Work (2001) and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2003), among others.
These posthumous recognitions underscore the lasting impact of Carmen Seville in Spanish culture, which continues to vibrate long after his departure. In Seville and beyond, his spirit lives on, reminding us of his passion, talent and unforgettable contribution to Spanish cinema.