Rita Macedo

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Macedo and the second or maternal family name is Guzmán.
Rita Macedo
Born María de la Concepción Macedo Guzmán
(1925-04-21)21 April 1925
Mexico City, Mexico
Died 5 December 1993(1993-12-05) (aged 68)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Occupation actress
Years active 1942-1993

Rita Macedo (19251993) was a Mexican actress who performed during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She was nominated for an Ariel Award for her 1956 performance in "Ensayo de un crimen" and in 1991 for a TVyNovelas Prize for "Alcanzar una estrella". She won the Best Actress Ariel Award in 1972 for "Tú, yo, y nosotros". She was married to a pioneer of Mexican radio, television and film, Luis de Llano Palmer, by whom she had two children, Julissa, an actress and musician, and Luis de Llano Macedo, renowned telenovela producer. She also was instrumental in bringing many works of international writers to the Mexican stage.


María de la Concepción Macedo Guzmán was born in Mexico City, Mexico[1] on 21 April 1925 to Miguel Macedo and Julia Guzmán, a celebrated writer. Her childhood was difficult, having grown up away from her parents attending boarding schools. When they divorced, she became estranged from her father.[2]

She initially used the stage name Conchita, but later changed it to Rita. Macedo began her career at age 15 under film director Mauricio de la Serna, in a film starring Mapy Cortés and Domingo Soler,[2] which was entitled "Las Cinco Noches de Adan" ("The Five Nights of Adam"). The film was very popular and eventually led to appearances in more than 60 movies.[1] Though, Macedo acknowledged that poor reviews on other early films forced her to work hard at her craft and do live theater. She traveled to New York City and Paris and bought scripts like “Réquiem para una monja” (Requiem for a Nun) and “Santuario” (Sanctuary) by Faulkner and brought them to Mexico with successful performances.[3]

Macedo's films included "Rosenda" (1948), "Felipe de Jesús" (1949), "El rencor de la Tierra" (1949), "Joya perdida", "Manos de seda" (1951), "Las infieles" (1953), "El enmascarado de plata" (1954), "Los bandidos de Río Frío" (1956), "Pies de gato" (1957), "El hombre de papel" (1963) and "La maldición de la llorona" (1963).[4] She was nominated for an Ariel Award as Best Co-Starring Actress for "Ensayo de un crimen" in 1956.[5] and "Nazarin," which was directed by the Spanish director Luis Bunuel in 1958 was well received. In 1972, she won the Best Actress Ariel Award for "Tu, Yo y Nosotros"[5] and completed the film "El castillo de la pureza".[3]

Increasingly she performed more on stage and in television. She brought "Las Criadas" a play by Jean Genet to Mexican audiences, as well as "La mala semilla" (The Bad Seed), which was later successfully acted in by Angélica María and María Rojo. She also premiered in the play "El tuerto es rey" by her husband, Carlos Fuentes, in Barcelona, under the direction of Ricard Salvat. Her performance in Terence Rattigan's "Mesas separadas" (Separate Tables) with Salvador Novo was noted.[3]

Macedo[6] and her son Luis de Llano Macedo[7] were both nominated in 1991 for a TVyNovelas Prize[6] for "Alcanzar una estrella". He won his nomination,[7] she did not.

Her first husband[2] was radio, television and theater producer Luis de Llano Palmer (October 1918-23 October 2012) with whom she had two children: actress Julissa,[8] one of Mexico's first rock stars.[1] and the producer Luis de Llano Macedo.[8] She was then briefly married to Pablo Palomino, and after their divorce married the writer Carlos Fuentes[2] (11 November 1928 - 15 May 2012), with whom she had a daughter Cecilia Fuentes Macedo.[9]

On 5 December 1993, Macedo committed suicide,[2] after being diagnosed with cancer.[10][11]






  1. 1 2 3 "Rita Macedo; Actress, 65". New York City, New York: The New York Times. December 8, 1993. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Zúñia, J. F. (26 April 2009). "Su suicidio fue su único escándalo" (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: El Universal. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Rita Macedo: Ensayo de un crimen". Por Esto! (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Por Esto!. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  4. "Ríta Macedo, actriz mexicana" (in Spanish). Spain: El País. 8 December 1993. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Ariel > Ganadores y nominados > Rita Macedo". Academia Mexicana de Cine (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: Academia Mexicana de Cine. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 "Rita Macedo utilizó sus dotes histriónicos para ocultar sus traumas" (in Spanish). Guayaquil, Ecuador: PP el Verdadero. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Alcanzar una estrella II consolidó el éxito de un grupo de artistas juveniles" (in Spanish). Guayaquil, Ecuador: El Telegrafo. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. 1 2 "Luis de Llano Palmer es pionero de la radio y televisión en México; entre los reconocimientos que recibió destaca la Orden de Caballero de las Artes y Letras y la Legión de Honor en Francia y el premio Ondas en España" (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: Noticieros Televisa. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. DePalma, Anthony (15 May 2012). "Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Man of Letters, Dies at 83". New York City, New York: The New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  10. Arellano M., J. Fabián (16 May 2012). "Fueron muchos años de cariño", recuerda Julissa" (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: El Universal. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  11. "Se suicida medio hermano de Luis de Llano" (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: La Crónica. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  12. "Quinceañera". ipeliculas (in Spanish). Spain: ipeliculas. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
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