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María Guerrero

  • 'Portrait of María Guerrero'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Portrait of María Guerrero'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura






Date of birth

Apr 17, 1867

Date of death


" Actress. She spread the theatre legacy of the Spanish classics and new contributions by her contemporaries around Spain, Latin America and other European cities."

María Ana de Jesús Guerrero Torija was born in Madrid, in 1867. She studied theatre with Teodora Lamadrid. Her debut was in 1885 at the Princesa Theatre, at the company of Ricardo Calvo Revilla. She perfected her technique in Paris with Coquelin and Sarah Bernhardt (1891). She established her own company, which included important people in the theatre scene of the time, and premiered the main plays by José Echegaray. Jacinto Benavente, Valle-Inclán and Benito Pérez Galdós were part of the repertoire. She toured many times round Europe and Latin America, especially Uruguay and Argentina. In 1908 she bought the theatre where she first acted, and established her residence there in 1918. Today the theatre has been named after her. She died in Madrid in 1928.

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