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Lilia Aragón, Mexican politician and actress dies at 82

The National Actors Association (ANDA) informed that the Mexican actress and politician passed away on Aug. 2.

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Actress, politician and iconic Mexican telenovela star, Lilia Aragón, passed away on the afternoon of Aug. 2. The star of programs such as Cuna de Lobos and María Isabel, was 82. Her death is still of unknown causes, but initial reports indicate Aragón presented complications of her digestive system. The news was confirmed by the National Association of Actors across its social media platforms.

The actress had a long career of more than six decades, leaving as an example her dedication and passion for her professional development, both in the artistic and political fields.  

Aragón was born in the city of Morelos, on Sept. 22, 1938, she graduated as a lawyer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and then did her histrionic training at Bellas Artes. Her career as an actress took off in theater, despite her success in other formats such as film and television.

During her career, she made more than 20 films, some with international fame, such as Mictlán o a casa de los que ya no son (1969), which led her to be nominated at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970. In television, she is remembered for her participation in iconic soap operas such as Cuna de lobos (1986), Rosalía (1978) and Esperanza del corazón (2011). She received two nominations for the TV y Novelas Awards for "Best Leading Actress" in 1987 and 2006 for her performance in Cuna de Lobos and La Esposa Libre, respectively. Her artistic career also received awards from the National Chamber of Women. 

Her participation in Mexican politics was marked by her role as plurinominal deputy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), from 2004 to 2006, and alternate deputy for Elba Esther Gordillo, also for the PRI from 2003 to 2006.

ANDA was joined by industry colleagues, followers and cultural institutions to offer condolences for the passing of the actress. 

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