Lupe Velez was a Mexican American actress.
Born María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez in the city of San Luis Potosí. She took dancing lessons and in 1924, made her performing debut at the Teatro Principal. She moved to California that year and was first cast in movies by Hal Roach.
Her first feature-
Within a few years she found her niche in comedies, playing beautiful but volatile foils to comedy stars. Her slapstick battle with Laurel and Hardy in Hollywood Party and her dynamic presence opposite Jimmy Durante in Palooka (both 1934) are typically enthusiastic Velez performances. She was featured in the final Wheeler & Woolsey comedy, High Flyers (1937), doing vicious impersonations of Simone Simon, Dolores del Rio, and Shirley Temple.
In New York, she landed a role in You Never Know, a short-
The Spitfire films rejuvenated Lupe Velez's career, and for the next few years she starred in musical and comedy features for RKO, Universal Pictures, and Columbia Pictures in addition to her Spitfires. She was very popular with Spanish audiences, and lent her services toward improving the film industry in Mexico.