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Carmen Carbonell

  • Carmen Carbonell © EFE

    Carmen Carbonell © EFE



Film, Theatre



Date of birth

Mar 19, 1900

Date of death


" Actress considered one of the towering figures of 20th-century Spanish theatre. She is the mother and grandmother of actors."

She was born in Barcelona in 1900, and first performed on stage in the Teatro Princesa theatre (today known as the María Guerrero) at the age of 14. In the 30s she joined the Teatro Lara Company in Madrid, where she met her future husband, the actor Antonio Vico, which whom she set up her own company. The plays they produced at the Teatro Lara included, 'El negro que tenía el alma blanca' by Alberto Insúa, and 'Para ti es el mundo' by Carlos Arniches. With the company Los Cuatro Ases they staged productions of works by Benavente, Pemán, García Lorca, and other authors of the period. Highlights of her film career include 'Marcelino, pan y vino' and 'Un hombre llamado Flor de Otoño'. She died in Barcelona in 1988.


National Theatre Award (1950 and 1980)

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