Chus Lampreave
Born
María Jesús Lampreave Pérez

(1930-12-11)11 December 1930
Died4 April 2016(2016-04-04) (aged 85)
Almería, Spain
OccupationActress
Years active1958–2012
Notable work

María Jesús Lampreave Pérez (11 December 1930 – 4 April 2016), known professionally as Chus Lampreave, was a Spanish character actress who starred in more than 70 films.[1][2][3] She is internationally known for her roles in films by Pedro Almodóvar.[4]

Biography

Lampreave was born in Madrid. She planned on being a painter[4][5] and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando,[2] after which she worked as an illustrator for the Aguilar [es] publishing firm.[2]

It had not been her intention to become an actress,[6] but she was discovered by Jaime de Armiñan[6] and began appearing in films in 1959.[1]

Her first work with Pedro Almodóvar was in Entre tinieblas (1983).[1] In total, Lampreave appeared in eight of his films.[3] Almodóvar is known for his use of recurring female stars, they are referred to as the "Almodóvar girls".[2]

Lampreave was known for playing old ladies,[2] usually eccentric female relatives[3] that sported extremely thick glasses.[2] She was recognized for the humor and humanity she added to her characters.[2]

Lampreave never starred as a main character,[6] but would come to be known as Spain's most popular supporting actress.[1]

Lampreave married in 1960.[7] She had a son, who is a biologist,[8] and a daughter who died in the 1990s after an illness.[7]

Among Lampreave's last roles was as the face of three advertisement campaigns for Campofrío embutido sausages.[6][9]

She spent the last few years of her life away from the spotlight in Almería in the south of Spain.[2] She died in 2016 the age of 85.[1]

Filmography

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Year Title Role Director Notes
1959 El pisito Adelina, secretary Don Manuel Marco Ferreri Uncredited[1]
1960 El cochecito Yolanda Marco Ferreri [1]
1963 La becerrada Chus José María Forqué
1963 Not on Your Life A visitor Luis García Berlanga
1966 Les Combinards Jean-Claude Roy (scenes deleted)
1970 La Lola, dicen que no vive sola Justa Jaime de Armiñán
1972 My Dearest Senorita Niece Chus Jaime de Armiñán
1974 The Love of Captain Brando Alcaldesa Jaime de Armiñán
1976 Colorín colorado Austin José Luis García Sánchez
1977 El bengador Gusticiero y su pastelera madre Rosalinda Antonio Fraguas 'Forges'
Al fin solos, pero... Chus Antonio Giménez Rico
La guerra de papá Loren Antonio Mercero
Nunca es tarde Manoli Jaime de Armiñán
1978 El monosabio Clara Ray Rivas
La escopeta nacional Viti Luis García Berlanga
1980 El erótico enmascarado Doña Gertrudis Mariano Ozores
1981 National Heritage Viti Luis García Berlanga
Cuentos para una escapada
1982 Nacional III Viti Luis García Berlanga
1983 Dark Habits Sor Rata Pedro Almodóvar
1984 Epílogo Flo-Flo Gonzalo Suárez
Bajo en nicotina Puri Raúl Artigot
What Have I Done to Deserve This? Grandmother Pedro Almodóvar [6]
El jardín secreto María Carlos Suárez
1985 El rollo de septiembre Doña Aurelia Mariano Ozores
El elegido Florita Fernando Huertas
Sé infiel y no mires con quién Adela Mora Fernando Trueba
1986 Lulú de noche Pharmacy worker Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
Matador Pilar Pedro Almodóvar
Year of Enlightment Doña Tránsito Fernando Trueba
1987 La vida alegre Vecina II Fernando Colomo
El pecador impecable Beni Augusto Martínez Torres
Moros y cristianos Antonia Luis García Berlanga
1988 Espérame en el cielo Emilia Antonio Mercero [6]
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown A concierge who is a Jehova's Witness Pedro Almodóvar [6]
Miss Caribe Doña Petra Fernando Colomo
1989 Amanece, que no es poco Mother of Álvarez José Luis Cuerda [6]
Bajarse al moro Doña Antonia Fernando Colomo
1992 Belle Époque Doña Asun Fernando Trueba
1993 Supernova Avelina Juan Miñón
Everyone Off to Jail Chus Luis García Berlanga
1994 Casque bleu Alicia's mother Gérard Jugnot
Siete mil días juntos Sofía Fernando Fernán Gómez
1995 The Flower of My Secret Mother of Leo Pedro Almodóvar [6]
Así en el cielo como en la tierra Doña Asunción José Luis Cuerda
1998 Mátame mucho Josefa José Ángel Bohollo
Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley Reme Santiago Segura
Una pareja perfecta Doña Cuca Francesc Betriu
2001 Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella Reme Santiago Segura
2002 Talk to Her Portera Pedro Almodóvar
El florido pensil Doña Pepa Juan José Porto
2003 Atraco a las 3... y media Doña Vicenta Raúl Marchand Sánchez
2004 Di que sí Mother of Víctor Juan Calvo
2006 Volver Aunt Paula Pedro Almodóvar [7]
2008 Chef's Special Celia Nacho G. Velilla
2009 Broken Embraces A concierge Pedro Almodóvar
2010 Mami Blue
2012 The Artist and the Model María Fernando Trueba
2014 Torrente 5: Operación Eurovegas Reme Santiago Segura [1]

Television

Awards

List of awards and nominations

Cannes Film Festival
Year Category Movie Result
2006 Best Actress[12] Volver Won
Goya Awards
Year Category Movie Result
2012 Best Supporting Actress El artista y la modelo Nominated
1995 Best Supporting Actress The Flower of My Secret Nominated
1992 Best Supporting Actress Belle Époque[5] Won
1989 Best Supporting Actress Bajarse al moro Nominated
1988 Best Supporting Actress Espérame en el cielo Nominated
1986 Best Supporting Actress El año de las luces Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata
Year Category Movie Result
2005 Live Career Won
1993 Best TV Actress ¿De parte de quién? Finalist (1st round)
1990 Best TV Actress Eva y Adán, agencia matrimonial Nominated
1988 Best cinema actress Espérame en el cielo
Miss Caribe
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
Nominated
1986 Best Cinema Actress El año de las luces
Lulú de noche
Matador
Nominated
1984 Best Cinema Actress ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? Nominated
Spanish Actors Union Awards
Year Category Movie Result
2012 Best Supporting Actress El artista y la modelo Nominated
2008 Fuera de carta Nominated
2006 Volver Won
1995 The Flower of My Secret Nominated
Awards by the Ministry of Culture

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Galán, Diego (2016-04-05). "Muere Chus Lampreave, rostro emblemático del cine español". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  3. ^ a b c "Adios Chus: Almodóvar's favourite muse dies aged 85". www.thelocal.es. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  4. ^ a b "Chus Lampreave: las mejores frases de una secundaria de oro". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  5. ^ a b "Chus Lampreave, nuevo y sorprendente icono de la publicidad española". abc (in Spanish). 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Chus Lampreave, la actriz que nunca quiso serlo". Vanity Fair (in Spanish). 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  7. ^ a b c "Chus Lampreave: la trágica pérdida y el drama tras la sonrisa de una gran cómica". www.vanitatis.elconfidencial.com (in Spanish). 2020-12-11. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  8. ^ Mas, Iñigo (2016-04-05). "El rostro más doméstico de Chus Lampreave: entre la arqueología y el whatsapp". ElDiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  9. ^ "El anuncio de Navidad de unos embutidos abre una gran polémica". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  10. ^ Premios Goya (1992), imdb.com; accessed 23 January 2016.
  11. ^ Chus Lampreave se llevó mejor actriz de reparto, lasemana.es; accessed 20 March 2016.(in Spanish)
  12. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Volver". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2009.