Columba Domínguez, Icon of Mexican Golden Age, Dies at 85

Iconic Mexican actress Columba Domínguez Adalid passed away Wednesday night at the age of 85 in Mexico City. Born in Guaymas, Sonora on March 4, 1929, Domínguez would go onto become one of the leading actress of the Mexican 'Golden Age' of cinema. In 1946, she made her film debut in Pepita Jimenez, by the hand of director Emilio "El Indio" Fernández.

She is most remembered for her roles in Maclovia (1948), in which she won the Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actress and Pueblerina. Domínguez worked with legendary directors like Fernández (pictured below along with Marilyn Monroe) in La malquerida (1949) and Reportaje (1953); Luis Buñuel in El río y la muerte (1955) and Ismael Rodríguez in Los hermanos del hierro (1961) and Ánimas Trujano (1962).

In 1984, the Mexican National Association of Actors (ANDA) gave Domínguez the “Virginia Fábregas” medal for 25 uninterrupted years of artistic work. The actress returned to the screen in 2008 after more than two decades away from the spotlight in the film Paloma by Roberto Fiesco.

Domínguez’s last screen appearance was in En el último trago (2014) by Jack Zhaga, a tribute to Mexican composer Jose Alfredo Jiménez.

Last year the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences gave Domínguez the Gold Ariel in recognition of her long and fruitful trajectory that included more than 60 films and included extensive work in radio, television and theater.