Of course you’ve heard the legend: When “The Mexican Spitfire” Lupe Vélez discovered she was pregnant from actor Harald Maresch in 1944, she decided to take her own life rather than face the shame of giving birth to an illegitimate child. She put on her finest gown, lit hundreds of votive candles in her bedroom, and spread roses all around. She then swallowed 80 Seconals, lay down on her satin sheets, and prepared to die a glamorous death befitting a Hollywood movie star. But that’s not what happened, according to Hollywood Babylon writer Kenneth Anger. He proclaimed that Vélez had in fact vomited profusely on herself, crawled to the bathroom, and was found drowned with her head in the toilet, and that account took hold as a salacious urban legend. Vélez has been the butt of jokes on Frasier and The Simpsons. The details in the book was dramatized by Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, who also died after overdosing on pills. Now Australian writer Michelle Vogel dispels the myths surrounding Vélez in her new book, Lupe Vélez: The Life and Career of Hollywood’s “Mexican Spitfire.” So Lupe was actually discovered in her bed as she intended. And now you know. (via ONTD)
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