|Above, Lupita Tovar and Carlos Villarías in the Spanish Dracula. Universal Pictures photo.|
Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, who played Eva Steward in Universal's 1931 Spanish version of Dracula has died.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Lupita Tovar, the Mexican actress who starred in the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula that was shot concurrently with the famed Bela Lugosi version, has died. She was 106.
Tovar died Saturday, her niece, actress Lucy Tovar, said on Facebook. Several Mexican news outlets reported that she died in Los Angeles.Many have said, and I agree, that cinematically, the Spanish version of Dracula was superior to the Bela Lugosi version. It had better camera shots and made better use of the same sets.
Tovar's character was the same one that Helen Chandler played, but her name was changed from Mina to Eva for the Spanish version and Tovar's wardrove was sexier than Chandler's.
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