Guadalupe Natalia “Lupita” Tovar was born on July 27, 1910, and died on November 12, 2016.
She was a Mexican-American actress,
She best known for her starring role in the 1931 Spanish language version of Dracula, filmed in Los Angeles by Universal Pictures at night using the same sets as the Bela Lugosi version, but with a different cast and director.
In 1932, she also starred in the film Santa, the first Mexican sound film.
She went by the nickname Lupita since she was a girl.
While filming Santa, which was done in Mexico, producer Paul Kohner had to return to Europe because his father was sick.
Which was this separation, and another the next year when Kohner was producing a film for Universal Pictures in Europe, that made Tovar realize she loved Kohner.
Kohner proposed on the phone — he had previously tried to give her a ring — and Tovar went to Czechoslovakia to meet him.
The couple were married, by a rabbi, in Czechoslovakia on October 30, 1932, at Kohner’s parent’s home.
During 1936, the couple had a daughter, Susan Kohner, a retired film and television actress, and, in 1939, a son, Paul Julius “Pancho” Kohner, Jr., a director and producer.
She owned a bassinet that would be used by several well known New Yorkers, including Julie Baumgold, a writer and her husband Edward Kosner, publisher of New York; Elizabeth Sobieski, a novelist and mother of actress Leelee Sobieski, Judy Licht, a TV newswoman, and her husband Jerry Della Femina, an advertising executive.
She died in Los Angeles of heart disease.
Lupita Tovar passed away at 106 years old.