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Ágata Lys

Actress (b. Valladolid, Spain, Dec. 3, 1953). After having studied simultaneously Philosophy and Art and Speech (both careers remained unfinished), she became a household name overnight as one of the pretty and "bespectacled" hostesses of the top-rated TV contest "1, 2, 3, Responda Otra Vez", where she popularized what was going to be her early screen persona: platinum blonde-dyed hair, provocative ways and a sensuality always ready to break out. She made her film debut in 1972, at 19, and acquired an enormous popularity thanks to her tremendous sex-appeal and a clever promotion campaign that exploited a certain similarity between her looks and those of the late Marilyn Monroe to the extent of making a successful movie named precisely "The New Marilyn" (1976). She kept this image for a while (especially in her spectacular TV appearances in the mid-70s), but eventually got tired of it and decided to cut off her hair completely (she did it herself with a pair of scissors borrowed from a filming kit) and let it grow its natural dark colour again. Blonde or brunette, Lys grabbed a long string of femme fatale roles in films of each and every genre (thrillers, comedies, dramas, westerns, etc.) and turned into some kind of domestic myth at that time. (She also had the advantage of owning a fine diction that matched her thought-provoking voice perfectly, so, unlike some other actresses of that era, she didn't need to be dubbed.) Anyway, after leading her bold image one step further in the late 70s, she decided to stop making films and concentrate on her theatrical work, that she had started in 1973 playing Dª Inés de Ulloa in Zorrilla's "Don Juan Tenorio" with her own company. In the 1980s she focused her activity on recording music (which she did with real gusto and vocal dexterity), performing in both musical shows and dramatic or comic plays in which she displayed an image far removed from the one that shot her to fame and even making more sporadic appearances on TV (playing, for example, a splendid Portia on a small-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Merchant Of Venice"). The late 80s saw her returning to the movies and scoring some films of uneven success and quality, although she has always risen to the occasion. In any case, she is still an underestimated actress, though she has proved capable of giving such amusing characterizations as that of "Avisa A Curro Jiménez" (1978), where she seemed almost unrecognizable. Now she leads a rather reclusive life when not working (in contrast to the antics and eccentricities of her early career) and, although she has never married, she enjoys a very stable relationship with Fernando, her partner of some 20 years. Hers is really one of those examples of body-with-a-brain-on-top-to-match, and hopefully she will still be around for a large number of years. - IMDb Mini Biography By: alberto mallofré


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Born:
Dec 3, 1953 In Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain
Movie/TV Credits:
50
First Appeared:
In the movie Back to the Door 1959-11-12
Latest Project:
Series Cachitos de hierro y cromo 2013-10-27
Known For
Poster of Cachitos de hierro y cromo
Poster of Barefoot in the Kitchen
Poster of The Return of the Musketeers
Poster of The Deadly Triangle
Filmography
Movie Barefoot in the Kitchen Unknown 2013-06-14
Series Cachitos de hierro y cromo Unknown 2013-10-27
Series Amar en tiempos revueltos Eulalia de la Torre de Ayala 2005-09-28
Movie Haz conmigo lo que quieras Pastora 2004-02-13
Movie Mala uva Puri 2004-09-10
Movie Corazón de bombón Marga 2001-02-09
Movie Pintadas Tania 1997-11-20
Movie Taxi Reme 1996-09-09
Movie Family Sole 1996-10-01
Movie An Internal Affair Viuda Anglada 1996-12-20
Movie The Return of the Musketeers Duchesse de Longueville 1989-04-12
Movie The Holy Innocents Doña Pura 1984-04-04
Movie Una mujer y un cobarde Unknown 1979-02-17
Movie Trauma Veronica 1978-09-11
Movie Pasión inconfesable Adela 1978-01-01
Movie The Frenchman's Garden Charo 1978-06-04
Movie Avisa a Curro Jiménez Henriette 1978-09-04
Movie Deseo carnal Margot 1978-08-27
Movie Sexy... amor y fantasía Ángela 1977-04-11
Movie The Transsexual Lona 1977-01-01
Movie Las desarraigadas Andrea Ray 1977-05-01
Movie Las marginadas Cristina 1977-06-08
Movie La iniciación en el amor Licenia 1976-02-06
Movie Fango Marion 1976-04-09
Movie Al fin solos, pero... Unknown 1976-01-01
Movie La noche de los cien pájaros Mónica 1976-01-01
Movie La nueva Marilyn Teresa 1976-09-19
Movie Sábado, chica, motel ¡qué lío aquel! Elisa 1976-09-12
Movie El erotismo y la informática Adela Martínez 1976-11-29
Movie The Waitresses Susana 1976-11-19
Movie Strip-tis a la inglesa Unknown 1975-01-01
Movie Valley of the Dancing Widows María 1975-05-22
Movie El último tango en Madrid Unknown 1975-08-11
Movie The Lively Vampires of Vögel Ethel 1975-11-16
Movie Los Kalatrava contra el imperio del karate Ágata 1974-03-18
Movie Onofre Asunción 1974-01-01
Movie El último viaje Cati 1974-02-20
Movie Los fríos senderos del crimen Helen 1974-07-07
Movie Pasqualino Cammarata... capitano di fregata Novella Ferraris 1974-08-14
Movie Una mujer de cabaret Laura 1974-12-02
Movie Sex o no sex Chica sexy 1974-09-05
Movie Bloody Vacation Sharon 1974-09-02
Movie Fuzzy the Hero Ingrid Cogan 1973-05-25
Movie Three Supermen of the West Yolanda / Agata 1973-08-28
Movie Ella (Trágica obsesión) Unknown 1973-12-07
Movie The Deadly Triangle Margot 1973-12-10
Movie Me has hecho perder el juicio Charo 1973-10-18
Movie Knife of Ice (uncredited) 1972-08-24
Movie The Masked Thief Antonietta Pickford 1971-09-05
Movie Back to the Door 'Princesa' 1959-11-12