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Cecilia Romo turned to appearing too late in life to change into a damsel of Mexican cinema. A former member of Mexico’s nationwide basketball staff, she was an additional in her first film — David Lynch’s “Dune” (1984), which was filmed in Mexico — at 38. She would go on to a tv, film and theater profession portraying a broad vary of characters, together with a malevolent nurse, sneaky witch and a number of other sorts of nuns.
“I’ve played all the nuns in the world: mother superior, the kitchen nun, the garden nun. All of them! In comedies, dramas, theater, musicals,” Ms. Romo stated in a 2012 interview on this system “Momentos de Telenovela” on Televisa San Luis Potosí. Her characters had been typically rebellious, like she was in life, colleagues stated, and she or he had a present for comedy.
Towering a number of inches above the divas of her era, she was an unconventional display screen presence who turned beloved by tv viewers throughout Latin America within the 1990s.
Ms. Romo died on Aug. 30 in Mexico City, 5 months after she filmed her final present. She was 74.
The trigger was problems of Covid-19, her daughter, Claudia Romo Edelman, stated.
Ms. Romo was identified for slapstick abilities in reveals like “De Pocas Pocas Pulgas” (“Of Few, Few Fleas”), the place she seems in a physician’s workplace with a syringe the dimensions of a searching rifle, and for her facial expressions, just like the suspicious seems she solid in “Prófugas del Destino” (“Running from Destiny”), the place she performs a mom superior who discovers that the ladies beneath her watch are fugitives in stolen robes.
“She played a lot of villains, but the roles that she was most known for were playful and cheeky, because she was like that,” stated Mayra Rojas, an actress who carried out with Ms. Romo. She typically appeared in additional edgy telenovelas, the type that didn’t finish fortunately, her daughter stated.
Ms. Romo was born on Dec. 5, 1945, in Mexico City. Her father, Luis Romo Maconde, owned pharmacies and laboratories; her mom, Cecilia Santillan de Romo, was a highschool instructor.
She performed on the nationwide girls’s basketball staff within the mid-1960s, earlier than attending the National Autonomous University of Mexico, graduating in 1978. Ms. Romo had stints as an economist for the federal government and a supervisor for fashions in ads.
When a name got here in to her company for extras for “Dune,” she signed herself up. That acquired her hooked on appearing. Next got here a small half within the 1985 film “Los Náufragos del Liguria,” about shipwreck survivors; her tv profession took off quickly after.
She additionally did theater. She had roles in additional than 30 productions, together with in Spanish-language variations of “La Cage aux Folles,” “Mame” and “Hello, Dolly!” in Mexico City and on tour.
Ms. Romo’s marriages to Raul Domingo González Soto, a civil engineer, and Alfonso Ravelo, a musician, led to divorce. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband Guillermo Coelho, a movie editor; a son, Luis Roberto Ravelo Romo; and two grandchildren. Two of her kids, Adriana González Romo and Raúl González Romo, died as toddlers of a genetic dysfunction.
In her final TV sequence, “Como Tú No Hay 2” (“Nobody Like You”), she stunned the crew by whistling like a truck driver to achieve the opposite actors’ consideration. She integrated the whistle as a signature of her character, a brash healer in a native market, Henry Zakka, a fellow actor, stated.
“She was such a happy person, and a stupendous actress,” he stated, “so she made the rest of us happier.”