"She was known around the world as the Mexican Spitfire. And she was one of "the most colorful women of the early days of Hollywood. There was Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe and Hedy Lamarr-but there was never a movie queen like Lupe! "Lupe Velez changed lovers as casually as one eats breakfast. At the same time, she was deeply devoted to each of the men in her life. They were a famous group indeed! They included "the love of her life," Gary Cooper, Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller and World Champion boxer, Jack Dempsey. "Lupe was full of exuberance. Coupled with a truly gorgeous face and a shapely, sensuous body, she journeyed to movie land where she made her way through bedroom after bedroom, all the while starring in dozens of movies.
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Dizzyingly dreadful bio of the once-famous ``Mexican Spitfire,'' who racked up lovers like billiard balls and married Tarzan, a.k.a. Johnny Weismuller. Paste-up can't get more cockeyed than this, with Conner (Golf!, 1992, etc.--not reviewed) giving fuller sketches of Velez's endless lovers and many colleagues than of the actress herself (1908-44), who doesn't show up for pages at a time while we read potted lives of Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Charlie Chaplin, or whomever. The Chaplin pillow-talk is especially sappy: Chaplin, Conner says, kept his affair with Velez hidden and therefore nothing is known about it; meanwhile, the author offers the tidbit that Chaplin's 14-year-old mistress, Lilita Grey, was the original for Nabokov's Lolita, a piece of gratuitous information that Conner fails to support. A lifelong hellion born in Mexico during a hurricane, the tiny, ever-strife-ridden Velez said that she was born fighting. By her mid-teens, she was already an entertainer, thought herself a star, and, following stage appearances in Hollywood with Fannie Brice, entered films. Her first starring role was in The Gaucho, opposite 45-year-old Douglas Fairbanks, with whom, Conner suggests, Velez had a brief fling that depressed Mary Pickford for five years. Readers will find themselves buffeted by bios of Hollywood folk only glancingly acquainted with Velez (such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, whom Velez hisses as he sings at a party), and few will be able to keep a scorecard on the actress's lovers or to separate them from figures in passing whose pointless bios merely add fluff. Life with Weismuller, Conner says, left the actor bruised and so scratched that only studio makeup artists kept him filmable. Velez killed herself early on, overdosing on Seconal, her bedroom gaudily decorated for the farewell performance. A benchmark in the art of paste-pot bio--and winner of the Plan Nine from Outer Space Award as the worst movie book ever written. (Sixteen pages of photographs) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Although ostensibly a biography of the actress, Conner's ( Golf ) book seems more like a disjointed collection of quotes from publications on early Hollywood. The brief facts about Lupe Velez's short life (1908-1944) sink under the weight of mainly familiar items not only on her affairs but on many other notorious couplings in the film colony: Gable and Lombard, John Gilbert and Garbo, Clara Bow and everybody. As for Velez, "The Mexican Spitfire," she was a teenager when she arrived in the U.S., appearing briefly in a revue in Hollyood before landing the plum role with Douglas Fairbanks in The Gaucho that launched her career. Among her sexual partners, Conner counts Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Johnny Weissmuller, the swimming star she married in 1933 and divorced in 1938. Then, with fewer good roles coming her way and pregnant by a small-time actor who deserted her, Velez committed suicide. Photos.
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