Biography Of Miroslava Stern

Miroslava Sternova

Adopted daughter of a physician, she and her family were at one time interned in a concentration camp after they fled their native Czechoslovakia in 1939. They were Jewish, she was not. They sought refuge in the Scandinavian countries before emigrating to Mexico in 1941.An avid painter, she at one time had designs on becoming a fashion illustrator.

Her first suicide attempt came in 1942 when the US soldier she planned to marry was killed in action.

Married a struggling actor in 1945 but divorced him quickly when she found out he was a closet homosexual.

Miroslava’s numerous torrid love affairs included actors Arturo de Cordova and Steve Cochran, famed bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguin, and impresario Jorge Pasquel, who was killed in an airplane crash only days after her suicide.

Once lit up the cover of a 1950 LIFE magazine cover.

Born in the pre-war Prague, young Miroslava Sternova (or simply Miroslava, as she was known in her film career) was brought to Mexico by her parents in the late 30s, leaving her childhood, her native Czechoslovakia and her beloved grandma. After winning a beauty contest in Mexico City, Miroslava spent some time in Los Angeles studying acting. Because her European features, and her native accent, she hardly found roles other than mysterious women or foreign beauties. After a standard career, she was offered a role in which will become her last and most remembered film: Luis Buñuel’s Ensayo de un crimen (1955). Soon after the final wrap of this film, Miroslava commited suicide (apparently because a love deception). In a macabre coincidence, the premiere of Ensayo de un crimen (1955), in which a wax statue of her is incineraded, coincided with her own cremation in a Mexican graveyard. Her tragic life inspired a short story in 1990, and a film, Miroslava (1993).


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