This is a fairy tale, and begins like all. The protagonist is a
poor but beautiful and talented girl. Then the tale goes on as usual,
she works hard, she became famous and finds love. Unfortunately she
didn’t live "Happily ever after” because the end is not
This is the summary of the life of Soledad Miranda, lovely Spanish
actress. Gorgeous. A natural beauty, magnetic, which conquer at first
glance. Try to see one of her movies and try to be indifferent.
Her beauty is accompanied by a great artistic skill. A natural talent
that surprised, as we will see the good Christopher Lee. Soledad
Miranda was a ray of sunshine in the world of cinema, so bright that at
thirty years after her death she is still remembered. Thanks also to
the appreciation of Franco’s movies.
Rendon Soledad Bueno born in 1943 in Seville, in a poor family of
Portuguese descent. Eldest of six children, grandson of the famous
flamenco dancer Paquita Rico. At eight years she already dances on
Andalusia’s stages. With art in the blood and an iron will,
Soledad, moves very young to Madrid. She studies acting and works,
efforts which led her to debut as a dancer in the comedy "La Reina Del
Jabarin" 1960, directed by a young Jesus Franco, in his third
A meeting important for the career of both.
Soledad Miranda is a name and a face that begins to circulate
successfully in the world of cinema. In four years she stars in about
fifteen movies, of different genres and directors, from peplum "Ursus",
drama "Cancion de Cuna", the comedy "Eva 63" horror "El Sonido de La
Muerte" and also finding time for gossip with an alleged affair with
the bullfighter Manuel Benitez Perez.
But it is in 1964 that true love arrives. She plays in Portugal in
three films: "Los Gatos Negros", "A Canção de Saudade"
and "Un Dia En Lisboa", in which there is an actor Jose Manuel
Simões, former rally driver, with whom after playing a couple of
lovers in "Un Dia En Lisboa" and after a brief and secret engagement,
married in 1966.
Also in 1964 Soledad Miranda try the music career recording an LP with four songs, an experience that is repeated a year after.
In 1967 born Antonio the couple's son. Jose retired from racing and
cinema to work in the automotive industry and Soledad takes a short
This pause doesn’t bring luck to the actress that once back at
work, struggling to find the right way and ends up on the edge, with a
She seems doomed to oblivion but the great Jesus Franco, who made her
debut on the big screen, has a brilliant idea and wants her at all
costs in the role of Lucy for his "El Conde Dracula".
It’s a second baptism that changes the image of Soledad Miranda
making her a dark icon of the Spanish director movies. He is so
convinced of his choice to go against the ideas of the legendary
Christopher Lee, as said by Franco in this great interview published on
"She didn’t know anything, was almost illiterate, she was a
"gipsy de Sevilla". She had an amazing presence and a great strength;
she understood everything on the fly. She was very clever. She had an
unexplained gift passing right from the screen to the viewer. Many
times she doesn’t even know how she has some wonderful
expressions because she was intuitive. Although mine was a good
intuition. With her I have made some wonderful movies thanks to her
skill. The first was El Conde Dracula (1969) with Christopher Lee, who
was really worried that he said: "They told me you've hired a sevillana
gypsy for the role of Lucy. Lucy can’t be a girl of Seville!" I
said, “Christopher, work one day with her, and then give me your
opinion. If you don’t like her I will change" Lee was surprised
by my reaction. The next day after shooting the first two scenes he
told me to be very pleased with Soledad".
The artistic combination works wonders and continues in other projects.
"Sex Charade", "Les Cauchemars naissent la nuit", "Juliette", "Der
Teufel kam aus Akasava", "She Killed In Ecstasy" and "Eugenie" based on
a novel of De Sade and considered the most intense interpretation of
the actress. Among there is "Vampyros Lesbos" the Franco’s
masterpiece who, in the same interview says:
"This film is very nice and thanks to Soledad has become exceptional. I
did not really ever thought about certain things. I don’t mind if
the film became two minutes longer because I shot a close-up of
Soledad. She was for all a real surprise. The talented German producer
with whom I worked on this film was fond, but he didn’t want
anything strange. He liked her talent"
The period with the Spanish director is characterized by stylish horror
and thriller with erotic and superb images. The dark and divine icon of
Franco appears often naked, never vulgar, very graceful and intense.
Cause of these scenes and these subjects, Soledad Miranda often prefer
to work with different pseudonyms: Susan Korda, Susann Korda or Susan
Korday, created by Franco and inspired by a German actress.
With all the doors, re-opened, things seem go very well. The filming of
"The Devil Came from Akasava" is about to end and Soledad with her
husband went for a short time in Portugal. The actress is waiting to
receive important film and theater offers that seem about to go through.
On August 18, she and José are driving along the highway from
Lisbon to Estoril, the same road of "Un dia en Lisboa". Their car
crashed into a truck. Jose is wounded but in good condition. Soledad
fractured skull and spine. She falls into a coma and died a few hours
later in the hospital of the capital.
So dies a pearl of cinema, unforgotten and unforgettable. Her death
casts a shadow on the next works of Franco, visibly darker. It remains
a question, a question that many are asking,
"She is the most beautiful actress of all time?”.