Angelines Fernández

María de los Ángeles "Angelines" Fernández Abad (July 9, 1922 – March 25, 1994) was a Spanish-born Mexican actress of film and television. She is best remembered for playing Doña Clotilde "La Bruja del 71" in the sitcom El Chavo del Ocho.

Angelines Fernandez
María de los Ángeles Fernández Abad

(1922-07-09)9 July 1922
Madrid, Spain
Died25 March 1994(1994-03-25) (aged 71)
Mexico City, Mexico
NationalitySpanish, Mexican
Years active19551992
Known forEl Chavo del Ocho


She made her acting debut in the musical comedy Carlo Monte en Monte Carlo in Isabela Garcés' theatre company in Madrid.[2] She flew to Mexico in 1947 in fear for her life due to her support for the Spanish Maquis.[1] During the Spanish Civil War, young Fernández was supportive of the Republican faction. She would remain in Mexico for the rest of her life, except for international tours and a short stint in Cuba during the late 1940s. In 1950, she returned to Mexico permanently.

Angelines Fernández starred in fourteen films, including the classic El Esqueleto de la señora Morales (1960). In 1964, she took the supporting role of Sara, the nemesis of Cantinflas's character Padre Sebastián, in El padrecito. She starred in Cadenas de amor at the age of 37, and other telenovelas in the 1960s with the second to last one in 1970. It was not until she was hired in 1973 to play "La Bruja del 71" in El Chavo del Ocho that she cemented her status as a legend. She got that job when she asked her personal friend, Ramón Valdés, if he knew of any acting jobs she might be able to do.

She also participated in Chespirito's other show, El Chapulín Colorado, years later. It was with El Chavo del Ocho and El Chapulín Colorado that she achieved fame in her native Spain. The two Chespirito productions became wide international hits, reaching virtually every country in the Americas and also other, non-Spanish speaking, countries as well. The shows are still shown with re-runs in many countries. In 1974, she participated in her last telenovela and her last film and concentrated her work around Chespirito productions.

After the shows ended in 1979, she continued playing "La Bruja" on the hour-long Chespirito and on public tours. Starting later in the 1980s, she began playing Ignacia Fernández "Doña Nachita", a second regular character on Chespirito, the gossipy neighbor in the Los caquitos sketches. She remained on the show until 1992.


An acknowledged tobacco smoker, she died in 1994 from a tobacco related cancer (sources mention it being throat cancer without giving further details). She is buried at the Mausoleos del Ángel in Mexico City.[3]


  • El chanfle (1979)
  • Kalimán en el siniestro mundo de Humanón (1974)
  • Traiganlos vivos o muertos (1972)
  • El cielo y tu (1971) as conservative church woman
  • El profe (1971) as Mama de Martin
  • Un Quijote sin mancha (1969) as Prudencia Pingaron
  • Corona de lágrimas (1968) as Mercedes Ancira
  • Despedida de casada (1968)
  • Esta noche sí (1968)
  • Un novio para dos hermanas (1967)
  • Estrategia matrimonial (1967)
  • El padrecito (1964) as Sara
  • El Esqueleto de la señora Morales (1960) as Clara
  • Misterios de la magia negra (1958)
  • El Águila Negra contra los enmascarados de la muerte (1958)
  • El diario de mi madre (1958) as Leonor
  • Maternidad imposible (1955)



See also


  1. "Paloma Fernández habla sobre su mamá, Angelines Fernández". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. "Falleció la actriz Angelines Fernández "La bruja del 71"". El Siglo de Torreón. 27 March 1994. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. "Biografía de Angelines Fernández". Archivo de Telenovelas y Biografías. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
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