Otilia Larrañaga Villarreal (3 November 1931 – 6 October 2021) was a Mexican dancer and actress who participated in classic Mexican films during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and also on stage and television.
Larrañaga studied dance with her uncle Ignacio Larrañaga and later ballet with Lettie H. Carroll. From 1947 to 1950, she was a member of Carroll's dance group and participated in the seasons of the Palacio de Bellas Artes' National Opera in Mexico City.
A notable dancer by the time she was 15, she began her film career in the early 1950s with small roles in Secretaria particular (1952) and No te ofendas, Beatriz (1953).
One of her first successes was her performance in the play Ángeles y payasos (1952), directed by Luz Alba at the Teatro Esperanza Iris. The theater critic Armando de María y Campos wrote that "the best performance rests in Otilia Larrañaga, as an actress and dancer, beautiful in figure and exquisite in feeling. Her future is splendid, whatever path she chooses".
She met her first husband, singer and actor Antonio "Tony" Aguilar, at the XEW-TV station in 1952. Larrañaga and Aguilar performed together in the films Mi papá tuvo la culpa (1953) and Reventa de esclavas (1954).
She obtained her first starring role in the film La flecha envenenada (1957) with Gastón Santos.
- Secretaria particular
- No te ofendas, Beatriz
- Mi papá tuvo la culpa
- The Price of Living (1954)
- Reventa de esclavas
- Maldita ciudad
- Las viudas del cha-cha-cha
- Caras nuevas
- La flecha envenenada
- La locura del rock and roll
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