Marisa Paredes

María Luisa Paredes Bartolomé (born 3 April 1946 in Madrid), known professionally as Marisa Paredes, is a Spanish actress.

Marisa Paredes
Marisa Paredes in 2018
María Luisa Paredes Bartolomé

(1946-04-03) 3 April 1946
Years active1960–present


Paredes began acting in 1960 film, 091 Policia al Habla (091, Police Speaking!) She became a teen idol across Spain after that movie. In 1961 she made her début in theatre and since then she has performed different plays such as Hamlet with Eduard Fernández. In 1975, she and Raphael collaborated in a cartoon film about him, titled Rafael en Raphael. Paredes has participated in 73 films and television series.

Paredes has appeared only occasionally on Spanish television, usually as herself on some soap opera.

She portrayed the leading role of La Peregrina in a television production of Alejandro Casona's Dame del alba.

Pedro Almodóvar helped her to achieve her international fame as she starred many of his films. In fact, in Spain, she is called “una chica Almodóvar” (“an Almodóvar girl”). In films like High Heels (1991), The Flower of My Secret (1995), All About My Mother (1999) and The Skin I Live In (2011) she played one of the main roles. After having participated in The Flower of My Secret, she was nominated-Goya Award for Best Actress.

She has appeared in several acclaimed films, including In a Glass Cage (1986) by Agustí Villaronga (Majorca), Life Is Beautiful (1998) by Roberto Benigni (Italy), Deep Crimson (1996) by Arturo Ripstein and The Devil's Backbone (2001) by Guillermo del Toro (both from Mexico).[1]

In 1996, she was given the National Film Award by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

From 2000 to 2003 she was the president of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España. This period has been one of the most controversial ones as in the beginnings of the Iraq War, the workers of the cinema industry complained about this and other polemical issues.

In 2007, she was given at Gijón International Film Festival, a National Film Award named after Nacho Martinez.[2]

Her last cinematic success was the film Latin Lover (Spanish: Mi familia Italiana) (2015).

Selected filmography

Year Title Awards
1983 Dark Habits
1987 Cara de acelga Nominated-Goya Award for Best Actress
1991 High Heels
1993 Tombes du ciel
1995 The Flower of My Secret Nominated-Goya Award for Best Actress
1995 La Nave de los locos
1996 Trois vies & une seule mort
1997 Life Is Beautiful Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Talk of Angels
1999 All About My Mother
1999 El coronel no tiene quien le escriba
2001 The Devil's Backbone
2005 Reinas
2011 The Skin I Live In
2015 Latin Lover
2018 Petra


Goya Awards

Year Category Film Result
1995 Best Actress The Flower Of My Secret Nominated
1987 Best Actress Cara de acelga Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Year Category Film Result
1998 Best Cast Life Is Beautiful Nominated

Fotogramas de Plata

Year Category Labour Result
2015 All her career Won
2006 Best Theatre Actress Hamlet Won
1995 Best Cinema Actress The Flower Of My Secret Won
1991 High Heels Won
1988 Best Theatre Labour Orquídeas a la luz de la luna Nominated
1968 Best Television Performer All her career Won

Union of Actors Awards

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Cinema Actress The Skin I Live In Nominated
1995 Best Cinema Leading Performer The Flower Of My Secret Nominated
1991 High Heels Won


  1. Scott, A. O. (November 21, 2001). "The Devil's Backbone (review overview)". The New York Times. Baseline. All Media Guide, LLC, The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  2. Jimenez Murguía, Salvador; Pinar, Alex (18 May 2018). The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 434. ISBN 9781442271333.
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