María Elena Velasco, 'La India María,' dies at age 74


María Elena Velasco, best known as 'La India María, has died in Mexico City, Mexico after an illness. María Elena Velasco was a Mexican actress, comedienne, singer-songwriter, dancer, screenwriter, film producer, and one of Mexico's few major female film directors.

She is best known for creating and portraying La India María, a comical character based on indigenous Mexican women, in films and television programs.

Velasco has starred in approximately 23 films and 3 television shows.

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