Cuban actress Herminia Sánchez dies

The actress had been awarded in recent days with the “Marta Jiménez Oropesa” Distinction.

Herminia Sánchez © Cubaescena
Herminia Sanchez Foto © Cubaescena

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Cuban actress and playwrightHerminia Sanchez died at the age of 99 in the early hours of this Thursday in Havana, the National Council of the Performing Arts of Cuba reported in a brief statement, which did not specify the cause of death.

"Our National Theater Award, Herminia Sánchez, has just died. Talented actress and also dabbled as a playwright and pedagogue. We deeply regret this great loss for the Cuban Theater,” the institution wrote on its social networks.

(Source: Facebook Screenshot/National Council for the Performing Arts)

A little less than a week ago, Sánchez had beenawarded with the “Marta Jiménez Oropesa” Distinction, which for two years has been delivered by the Artistic Agency of Performing Arts (ACTUAR) to prominent personalities of Cuban culture.

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The ACTUAR agency also echoed the death on its social networks, where it highlighted that the deceased actressShe was worthy of the National Theater Award in 2019 and the ACTUAR Award for the Work of Life.

Born in 1923 in the city of Barcelona, in Spain, Herminia Sánchez moved with her family to Cuba in 1930, when she was barely three years old.

She studied at the Professional School of Commerce in Havana, where she graduated as an Accountant and Customs Expert in 1948. She also studied English language and worked as Executive Secretary and accountant at the González Porto Publishing House (1946-52), as well as as in the tourist store "El Patio" (1955-59).

After studying at the Dramatic Art Seminar of the University Theater, in the 60s she was an actress at the National Theater, the National Dramatic Ensemble and the Escambray Theater Group, of which she was the founder and whose repertoireHe wrote his first work in 1968,Scattering mambí.

It also premieredCacha Basilia de Cabarnao(1971), Lover and penol (1972), Hearing in La Jacoba (1973), A party man (1974) andIt was done in six (1974).

Between 1970 and 1972 she was a Theater Appreciation teacher at the Lenin Vocational School, as well as a stage training instructor at the Popular Participation Theater Group, of which she became director.

As a representative of cultural institutions or an actress, she traveled to the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Nicaragua, Barbados and Spain.

He joined the artistic casts of the National Theater, the National Dramatic Ensemble and the Teatro Estudio, the latter alongside Raquel and Vicente Revuelta.

Member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), she was a professor of the Acting program at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) until 1989.

He received the Caricato Award for all his work in 2017 and the 2019 National Theater Award.

The farewell note from the ACTUAR agency highlights that Sánchez was "in charge of transmitting his knowledge to so many generations of actors and actresses who today can feel proud of having been his disciples."

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