Rafaela Aparicio

Rafaela Díaz Valiente MML (9 April 1906 – 9 June 1996) better known as Rafaela Aparicio was a famous Spanish film and theatre actress.

Rafaela Aparicio

Rafaela Díaz Valiente

(1906-04-09)9 April 1906
Died9 June 1996(1996-06-09) (aged 90)
Madrid, Spain
Years active1935–1996
Spouse(s)Erasmo Pascual (1936-1975; his death)

She made more than 100 films. The most remembered are Carlos Saura's Anna and the Wolves, Mama Turns 100 and Fernando Fernán Gómez's El extraño viaje. She died of a stroke in Madrid in a retirement home.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1935 Juan Simón's Daughter Gregoria
1956 The Big Lie La Molina neighbour
1957 The Last Torch Song Singer
1958 La vida por delante
1959 La vida alrededor
1960 The Football Lottery
1962 Atraco a las tres
1962 The Mustard Grain
1963 The Daughters of Helena
La becerrada Sor Inmaculada
1964 El extraño viaje Paquita Vidal
1965 Television Stories Don Marcelino's maid
1966 He's My Man! Mrs. Calixta
1967 Love in Flight
1967 Another's Wife
1968 Cristina Guzmán Balbina
1973 Anna and the Wolves The mother
1977 Change of Sex Pilar
1979 Mama Turns 100 The mother
1983 The South Milagros
1985 Padre nuestro
1986 Year of Enlightment Rafaela
1989 The Sea and the Weather Grandmother


  • Gold Medal of Merit in Labour (Kingdom of Spain, 23 April 1976).[1]


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