Carmen Maura was born on September 15, 1945, in Madrid, Spain. She is a
descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura.
Carmen Maura headed an art gallery and appeared in various nightclub acts. With Tigres de papel (1977) she made her first successful film appearance, and thereafter she worked in the Spanish theatre, films and TV productions. Although she played dramatic roles, her most important genre has always been comedy, e.g. Sal gorda (1984), Sé infiel y no mires con quién (1985) or Tata mía (1986).
She regularly worked with the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar beginning with the anarchic (for the times) film Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980) until Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988), for which she was awarded the European Film Award "Felix" as best actress.
Carmen Maura and Almodóvar broke up professionally (and most likely personally) during the 1990s, but they have just finished shooting Almodovar´s new film Volver.
Carmen Maura became a gay icon for the role of a transs--ual she played in Almodóvar's La ley del deseo, strengthening her image as strong woman who is never afraid to break the boundaries and portray female struggle and strength.
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