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This is a new media artwork by Mala Kumar, commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts Program).

Lupe Velez in Picture Play, October 1931


Lupe Velez's come hither eyes beckon from her cover of Picture Play magazine, standing out from the demure ladies who surround her on the Fan Magazine wall. Velez was regularly cast as fiery, spitfire "exotic" women in her films, and coupled with her volatile personal life, was often referred to as the "Mexican Hurricane" and "The Hot Tamale" in gossip magazines.

Tags: Film

Further reading

Frazier, David K. (2002). Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases.