Amelia Bence, Argentine actress, Died at 101

Amelia Bence (née) María Amelia Batvinik was born on November 13, 1914, and died on February 8, 2016.

She was an Argentine film actress.

She was one of the divas of the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema from1940–1960.

Her parents were Belarusian Jewish immigrants, She started her career at a young age, studying with Alfonsina Storni at the Lavardén Children’s Theater and with Mecha Quintana at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música y Declamación (National Conservatory of Music and Speech).

Amelia Bence completed her film debut in 1933, in only the second sound film of Argentina, Dancing, by Luis Moglia Barth.

Best known for acting in La guerra gaucha (1942), one of the most important films in the history of Argentine cinema, gave her recognition and earned her leading role offers.

Amelia Bence starred in films such as Los ojos más lindos del mundo (1943), Todo un hombre, Camino del infierno (1946), A sangre fría (1947), La otra y yo (1949) and Danza del fuego (1949), garnering the Best Actress award from the Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences for Todo un hombre, A sangre fría and Danza del fuego.

Amelia Bence also won the Silver Condor Award for Best Actress for Lauracha (1946), and her work was acknowledged with awards in Spain, Cuba, and the US throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

Her husband was Spanish actor Alberto Closas in 1950, and after their divorce was in a relationship with Osvaldo Cattone in the 1960s.

Between 1952 and 1954, Amelia Bence was hired by Reforma Films to film two movies in Mexico and earned high praise for her starring role in Alfonsina (1957), which was choosen as the Argentine entry for the Berlin International Film Festival and won her an award from the Argentina Film Academy.

Amelia Bence developed an extensive theater career in the 1960s, starring in works like “La dama del trébol”, “Así es la vida”, “Maribel y la extraña familia” and “El proceso de Mary Duggan”.

From 1973 to 1976, Amelia completed a long tour of Latin America and featured in “La valija” (“The Suitcase”) at the Gramercy Arts Theater in New York City, which earned her an Association of Latin Entertainment Critics (ACE) Award for Best Foreign Actress.

Her role in “Doña Rosita, la soltera” (1975) and “La loba” (1982) in the United States and Peru were very successful.

Following the last stage of her career, Bence acted in several television productions, including series such as Romina, Bianca and Las 24 horas.

In 1989, Amelia Bence received the Silver Condor for Lifetime Achievement Award, and later she won awards in the same category at the Podesta Awards in 1992 and by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1997.

Between 1996 and 2010, Amelia Bence appeared in several theaters with her show “Alfonsina”, which combined music and poetry.

Following a tenure of eight decades in entertainment, Ameila retired in 2010.

Amelia Bence passed away at 101 years old.