The day Cantinflas helped two homeless actresses and created the Casa del Actor

Mario Moreno was a forerunner in seeking the best conditions for actors and actresses in Mexico (Photo: Getty Images)

Cantinflas was the founder of the Actor’s Housebut for him to think that it was necessary to have an asylum for artists who no longer had work and needed a home, he had to find two female actors who were homeless after having triumphed in the theater.

Mario Moreno Cantinflas In addition to being one of the most beloved and applauded actors in Mexican cinema, he was characterized by being one of the actors who was willing to give whatever his wealth was in order to help those who needed it most, so it was not surprising that join the group of stars that devised the first actors union in Mexico, a project that became a reality in 1934.

Having seen the injustices that occurred within the world of actors when they lost a job, were poorly paid or worked under very bad conditions, made the Mime in the white trench coat will go the extra mile to help his colleagues.

Jorge Negrete and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" they were part of the founders of ANDA (Photo: Twitter @juanborrelli)
Jorge Negrete and Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” were part of the founders of ANDA (Photo: Twitter @juanborrelli)

It was for this reason that one day, while walking outside the Teatro de los Insurgentes, Cantinflas met with Enriqueta Monjardín and Elvira Tubettwo Spanish actresses that he had known for several years, but he did not see them in the best conditions.

Both women, already elderly, were living on the street and begging, since they had no resources to survive, other than the clothes they still kept and covered them day by day.

Enriqueta Monjardin was originally from Sevillewhere he began his career as comedian carp, but since he began to taste the success that his talent gave him, he decided to undertake a long journey through Latin AmericaI hoped to have more job opportunities there.

Enriqueta sold nuggets with Tubet outside the Insurgentes Theater (Screenshot: YouTube/Simi Television)
Enriqueta sold nuggets with Tubet outside the Insurgentes Theater (Screenshot: YouTube/Simi Television)

Such was her success in the theaters of countries like Cuba and Mexico, that when she returned to her native Spain, she was invited to perform at the Zarzuela Palacewhich in its time only featured the biggest stars.

It was for this reason that after several years in which he thought his success had no end, he decided to return to Mexico again. Unfortunately, she found herself in a completely different scenario than the one she initially enjoyed; people no longer recognized her and there were many new and young actresses who overshadowed her, so couldn’t get a job.

elvira tubetOn the other hand, she was a great actress. Operettawho also enjoyed great fame in Spain, but lost everything when he tried his luck in Mexico.

Both shared a sidewalk on the outskirts of the Theater of the Insurgents, where they asked for alms from the public that was attending a play or from those who were walking down the street. This enclosure was special for Cantinflasbecause he himself had inaugurated it, so when he saw the two women asking for help, he approached them to find out their story.

Despite their differences, Mario Moreno and Jorge Negrete made a good team in search of better conditions for the actors in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @andregrupo)
Despite their differences, Mario Moreno and Jorge Negrete made a good team in search of better conditions for the actors in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @andregrupo)

It was not necessary for Mario Moreno to ask them anything, because almost instantly he recognized their faces, he had seen both of them in the tents. Immediately, took them to a nearby hotelthere he provided new clothes and food for a few days, while he figured out how he could get them out of their street situation.

After days of thinking Cantinflas He saw the opportunity to not only help them, but all that artist in the same situation, creating an asylum only for actors.

brought the idea to Jorge NegreteFernando Soler, Jorge Mondragon and Maria Teresa Montoyawho led the Screen Actors Guild. Being united by the same cause, the five agreed to use part of the income from what is now ANDA to create the Actor’s Housewhich, upon its inauguration in 1944, had Elvira Tubet and Enriqueta Monjardín as its first inhabitants.

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