Helena Rojo
Helena Rojo in 1962.jpg
Rojo in 1962
Born
María Elena Enríquez Ruiz

(1944-08-18) August 18, 1944 (age 77)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress, model
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Juan Ferrara (divorce)
Benjamín Fernández (?–present)
ChildrenElena, Patricia and Leo. Stepson: Khotan Fernandez

María Elena Enríquez Ruiz (born August 18, 1944), known as Helena Rojo,[1] is a Mexican actress[2] and model.

Biography

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, she began her career as a model in the 1961. Toward the end of the decade, she studied drama with renowned Mexican directors Carlos Ancira and José Luis Ibáñez, making her film debut in 1968 in the film El club de los suicidas. That same year, Rojo also appeared in her second film, Los amigos. She continued working as a model and appearing in small film roles in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1969, she signed an exclusivity contract with Productora Cinematográfica Marte. Later, she began expanding her acting career into television and theater. In 1974, her first television role was the lead in the telenovela Extraño en su pueblo.

Rojo's cinematic career lad her to work with the most important Mexican film directors of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Felipe Cazals, Arturo Ripstein, Rafael Corkidi, Alberto Bojórquez, Marcela Fernández Violante and Jorge Fons.

She has worked with international talent, such as German director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski with a role in the film Aguirre, the Wrath of God. She also appeared in the film Foxtrot (1976), directed by Arturo Ripstein, and alongside actors Charlotte Rampling, Peter O'Toole and Max von Sydow.

In 2006, she appeared on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty, playing a mother who tries to steer her son away from the stepmother who has eyes for him on a "faux" telenovela that is watched on TV by the main character's family.

Personal life

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Rojo was married to actor Juan Ferrara for many years. Currently, she is married to Benjamín Fernández, who is not in the entertainment industry. She is the mother of three children: Leo, Patricia and Elena, all from her first marriage.

Filmography

Helena Rojo
Helena Rojo

Movies

Year Title Character Note
1968 Los amigos Film
1970 Las bestias jóvenes Film
1970 El club de los suicidas Film
1970 Cruz de amor Vicky Film
1971 Siempre hay una primera vez Isabel Film
1971 Eye for an Eye Rina Pittman Film
1971 Una vez, un hombre... Susana Film
1972 End of the Party Elena Film
1972 Victoria Film
1972 Queen Doll Carmen Film
1972 Indio Film
1972 Mirage Film
1972 Angels and Cherubs Angela Film
1972 El payo - un hombre contra el mundo! Lupe Film
1972 Aguirre, the Wrath of God Inez Film
1973 The Cubs Tere Film
1973 Aquellos años Carlota Film
1973 Los Perros de Dios Laura Film
1975 Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary Greta Film
1975 The House in the South Elena Film
1975 Darker Than Night Pilar Film
1976 The Great Adventure of Zorro[2] Helena Film
1976 The Far Side of Paradise Alexandra Film
1978 The Children of Sanchez Film
1979 Crónica íntima Film
1980 La Sucesion Mariana Film
1980 Misterio Silvia Film
1981 Noche de juerga Dolores Film
1982 En el país de los pies ligeros Film
1983 Pajaros de ciudad Film
1988 Don't Panic/Dimensiones ocultas Mrs. Smith Film
1988 Reto a la vida Elena Film
1988 Lovers, partners & Spies Duchess Film
1990 El motel de la muerte Film
1992 Muerte ciega Alisa Film
1992 Una Luz en la escalera Adriana Bernal Film
1992 Los Años de Greta Nora Film
1992 Mas alla del deseo Josefa Film
1993 Guerrero negro Eva Film
1994 Una luz en la escalera Adriana Film
1994 Luces de la noche Tina Film
2008 Amor letra por letra Fabiola Film
2009 Borderline Shanti Film
2010 Catarsis La madre Film

Television

Year Title Character Note
1974 Extraño en su pueblo Isaura Main role
1976 Mañana será otro dia Paola Supporting role
1977 La venganza[3] María Olivares/Alejandra Balmaseda Protagonist
1978 La hora del silencio Bárbara Main role
1979-80 La mentira
1981-82 Extraños caminos del amor Isabela Main role
1984-85 La traición Antonia Guerra Main role
1992 Las secretas intenciones Antonieta Alcantara Main cast
1995-96 Retrato de familia Cecilia Mariscal Main role
1997 Gente bien Rebeca Balmori Main cast
1998-99 El privilegio de amar Luciana Duval Main role
2000 Ramona Doña Ramona Gonzaga Viuda de Moreno Main cast
2000 Abrázame muy fuerte Damiana / Juliana Guillen Main cast
2003 Amor real Doña Augusta Curiel de Penalver y Beristain Main cast
2004-05 Inocente de ti Rebeca/Raquel Linares Robles Main cast
2005-06 Peregrina Sabina Supporting role
2006-07 Mundo de Fieras Miriam de Rivas del Castillo Main role
2007 Amor sin Maquillaje Inés Rivera Supporting role
2008-09 Cuidado con el Ángel Cecilia de Velarde Main cast
2009-10 Corazón salvaje Leonarda Montes de Oca de Vidal Main cast
2010-11 Triunfo del amor Herself Guest star
2010 Locas de amor Norma
2012 Por Ella Soy Eva Eugenia Mistral de Caballero Main cast
2014 The Color of Passion Milagros Fuentes de Escalante Main cast
2016 Corazón que miente Sara Sáenz Vda. de Castellanos Main cast
2016-17 La candidata Natalia de San Román Main cast
2017 El vuelo de la Victoria Maria Isabel Vda. de la Peña Recurring role
2019 Por amar sin ley Lucia Carvajal Guest star (season 2)
2019 El corazón nunca se equivoca Dora Ortega Fabela Main cast
2021 Te acuerdas de mí Alicia Limantour Guest star
2023 El Conde: Amor y honor Guadalupe de Gaitán

Theater performances

Ariel Awards

TVyNovelas Awards

References

  1. ^ "Efemérides de Espectáculos del 18 de agosto". 20minutos.com.mx. 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jr, Raúl de Anda (1976-02-12), La gran aventura del Zorro (Adventure, Drama), Rodolfo de Anda, Helena Rojo, Pedro Armendáriz Jr, Ricardo Carrión, Cine Visión, Estudios América, Radeant Films, retrieved 2021-06-07
  3. ^ Telenovela La Venganza - 1977, archived from the original on 2021-12-17, retrieved 2021-06-07