Marina Baura

Marina Baura
Born Julia Pérez
(1941-11-01)November 1, 1941
Galicia, Spain
Residence Caracas, Venezuela
Occupation Television actress
Employer RCTV

Marina Baura (born November 1, 1941) is a former Venezuelan telenovela actress.

Early life

Born as Julia Pérez in Galicia, Spain, she moved with her parents and brother Jesús to Venezuela when she was 15 years old, in 1956. She started her professional career in the early 1960s as a model in El Show de Renny, a popular variety show hosted by Renny Ottolina and aired on Radio Caracas Televisión.[1]

She later studied dramatic art under the direction of Paul Antillano, and made her debut in the Venevisión TV-series Casos y cosas de casa. After that she worked with Simón Díaz in his comedy sitcom La Quinta de Simón, while playing small roles in several telenovelas.

Professional career

Baura received her first leading role in Lucecita (1967), which drew favorable reviews with her performance as the lead character. She then became a leading actress in a number of productions, including La señorita Elena (1967), Rosario (1968), Lisa, mi amor (1969) and De turno con la angustia (1969), before returning to RCTV as an actress in 1970.

While at RCTV, Baura starred in several telenovelas such as Cristina (1970), La virgen ciega (1970), and specially in La usurpadora (1971), where she played a significant dual role. She also starred in La italianita (1973), La indomable (1974), and Valentina (1975), where she played her second double role.

Other of her contributions were Resurrección (1977), Silvia Rivas divorciada (1977), TV Confidencial (1977), Mabel Valdez, periodista (1978), Natalia de 8 a 9 (1980), Chao Cristina (1983) and Muros del silencio (1983).

In 1974 RCTV aired Doña Bárbara, based on the novel by Rómulo Gallegos and scripted by José Ignacio Cabrujas. Baura was selected to play the central role, previously established by María Félix in the classic 1943 film. The RCTV version was the first color TV program made in Venezuela, as well as the first telenovela aired in Europe.[2][3]

During the same period, she starred in miniseries based on Gallegos' novels as Canaima (1976) and Sobre la misma tierra (1976), as well as in Guillermo Meneses' La Balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde (1978). Later she co-starred with Doris Wells in Gallegos' La hora menguada (1984).

Baura voluntarily retired in 1984. Eventually, she returned to acting in 1990 at the invitation of Cabrujas to embody the central role of Emperatriz Jurado in Emperatriz, produced by Marte TV and aired by RCTV.[1] Then, in 2003 she made a special guest appearance in the successful Venevisión soap opera Cosita Rica.

Her film credits include Yo, el gobernador (1965), co-starred by humorist Joselo,[4] and El reportero (1968), teaming up along with Amador Bendayán.[5] She later played a supporting part for Amparo Rivelles and Julio Alemán in La viuda blanca (1970),[6] and co-starred with José Bardina in Bodas de papel.[7]

Private life

Baura married Hernán Pérez Belisario, with whom she had one daughter, Mónica Pérez Pérez before retiring from RCTV. They divorced in 1992.[8]

She currently lives in Caracas.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Yo, el gobernador Unknown role Fìlm debut
1968 El reportero Unknown role
1970 La viuda blanca Carlota Castelar
1979 Bodas de papel Wife


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Rosario Rosario Lead role
1969 De turno con la angustia Unknown role
1970 Cristina Cristina Lead role
1971 La usurpadora Alicia / Rosalba Lead role
1974 La italianita Rina Lead role
1974 La indomable Maricruz Lead role
1975 Valentina Valentina Montiel / Sonia Gámez Lead role
1975 Doña Bárbara Doña Bárbara Lead role
1976 La señora de Cárdenas Silvia Rivas Lead role
1979 Mabel Valdez, periodista Mabel Valdez Lead role
1980 Natalia de 8 a 9 Natalia Lead role
1990 Emperatriz Emperatriz Lead role
2003 Cosita rica Tentación Luján Lead role
2006 Soltera y sin compromiso Yolanda de Maldonado Television film


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