The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
During what is known as the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, many actors and actresses became famous, such as Pedro Infante, María Félix, Miroslava Stern, Ignacio López Tarso, Silvia Pinal, and Jorge Negrete. However, lesser-known stars like Marina Camacho also managed to make a name for themselves during this period.
Marina Camacho’s Film Career
Marina Camacho had a short but prolific eight-year career, during which she appeared in around twenty films. Her work can be divided into two genres. She starred alongside Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre in La huella del chacal and worked with Emilio González, Piporro, and Irma Dorantes in Los tres vivales. Marina made other musical ranchero films, such as Bendito entre las mujeres with Luis Aguilar and María Duval.
Camacho also starred in several comedies, such as Dos locos en escena with Viruta and Capulina, El violetero, a parody starring Germán Valdés or Tintán, and On the dead the crowns with Antonio Espino or Clavillazo. Although she wasn’t a protagonist, Marina’s tender and angelic face made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.
The Tragic End of Marina Camacho
Marina Camacho retired from acting after marrying a lawyer named Carlos Maldonado. She lived with her husband in a luxurious home and had valuable possessions, including new vehicles, jewelry, and paintings.
In February 2008, Carlos Maldonado Camacho, the couple’s son, discovered the brutally attacked bodies of his father and Marina in their home. During the investigations into the murder, it was discovered that four sacred paintings from the 18th century were missing, along with two pistols, jewelry, fur coats, and silverware. One theory suggested that the Trabulsi brothers, their neighbors at the time, killed Marina and her husband and stole these valuables.
The authorities later confirmed the Trabulsi brothers’ participation in the crime and the involvement of four other accomplices in search of objects to steal. The brothers were sentenced to 75 years in prison, and their accomplice received a 31-year sentence.
Marina Camacho will always be remembered for her short but impressive film career.