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Amparo Muñoz Quesada (Vélez-Málaga, 21 June 1954 – Málaga, 27 February 2011) was a Spanish actress, model and controversial beauty queen who won the Miss Universe 1974 competition, being the first and only Spaniard titleholder in this line of pageants.

Amparo Muñoz
Amparo Muñoz Quesada

(1954-06-21)21 June 1954[1]
Died27 February 2011(2011-02-27) (aged 56)[2]
Málaga, Spain[2]
OccupationBeauty Queen
TitleMiss Spain 1973
Miss Universe 1974
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorLight brown
Eye colorGreen
Miss Spain 1973
Miss Universe 1974

Muñoz surrendered both the title and crown after six months due to refusal to follow organizational regulations. During that time, no successor was willing nor assigned to officially take her vacated placement.

After her shortened reign, Muñoz became a popular actress and starred in several comedies, including Mama Turns 100, and in the dramas Clara es el Precio, The Other Bedroom and Dedicatory. She died on 27 February 2011 due to undeclared issues. Among pageant connoisseurs, her life events were often tangled in mysterious claims, leading to conspiracy theories of mental depression, and urban legend hysteria.


Miss UniverseEdit

Amparo Muñoz came from the town of Vélez-Málaga (Málaga) in Andalusia, where she had won the city title, to compete at the Miss Spain contest held in Lanzarote. After winning, she went on to win the Miss Universe 1974 pageant in Manila, Philippines. She gave up her crown later that year after she refused to travel in Japan. However, the Miss Universe Organization decided that Muńoz will still remain as the official titleholder of Miss Universe 1974 since the title was not offered to 1st runner-up Miss Wales Helen Elizabeth Morgan who eventually won Miss World 1974 later that year only to be dethroned few days after winning the crown.[1]

Cinematic careerEdit

After her victory in the world of beauty, the world of cinema took interest in her. Her first steps in the world of film came in 1973 with in Wholesome Married Life, directed by Roberto Bodegas and written by José Luis Garci, she played the temptress of José Sacristán, a married man obsessed with publicity. In Tocata y fuga de Lolita she was the rebellious girl who displayed her beautiful bust, a big contributor to the movie’s popularity. In the 70’s, Spanish cinema was at the height of destape [double meaning: “liberalization” and “nudity”], and the splendid figure of Amparo Muñoz found 9 titles in which to reveal itself, including Clara es el Precio (Vicente Aranda, 1975), and The Other Bedroom (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1976), in which Amparo starred alongside the man who would be her first husband, the actor and singer Patxi Andión.

After appearances in Volvoreta (José Antonio Nieves Conde, 1976), Del amor y de la muerte (Antonio Giménez Rico, 1977), among other films, her cinematic career took a notable turn when she began a relationship with the producer Elías Querejeta, facilitating her appearances in films as important as Dedicatory (Jaime Chávarri, 1980), which called her to the attention of other directors in both Spain and Mexico, such as Felipe Cazals (Las siete cucas ), Pilar Miró (We Will Speak Tonight), Jaime Camino (The Open Balcony), Emilio Martínez Lázaro (Lulú of the Night), Imanol Uribe (The Black Moon). She became an instant celebrity in Spain, alongside the likes of Nino Bravo, Pedro Carrasco, Rocío Dúrcal, Rocío Jurado, Camilo Sesto, La Pandilla and other Spanish celebrities of the 1970s, following her victory at Miss Universe with a fruitful show business career.

In 1979, Muñoz acted in the comedy Mama Turns 100, by Carlos Saura. This was followed by performances in 1982's Todo un Hombre (He's all a Man), 1999's A Paradise Under the Stars and 2003's El Tahur. In the late-1990s, she returned to mainstream Spanish cinema with the movie Familia, by Fernando León de Aranoa and started a new life as an actress.

In later years, Muñoz ventured to live in the Philippines, thereby disappearing from film for seven years (1989-1996), but eventually her immediate family requested her return to Spain, during which began the alleged melancholia and extreme mental depression of Muñoz. In Spain, latent public accusations of mental depression, HIV diagnosis, drug addiction, claims of secret prostitution, Parkinson’s disease, coupled with poverty and melancholia ravaged Muñoz’ public image, along with the advanced physical age allegedly causing emotional shame and her imminent withdrawal from society.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1976, Muñoz met singer-songwriter Patxi Andión, who would become her first husband, while making The Other Bedroom. They were married in 1976 and divorced in 1978.

Afterwards, Muñoz had brief relationships with Antonio Flores, Vicente Fernández and Máximo Valverde.[3]

The most significant extramarital relationship of Muñoz's life was with Elías Querejeta.[4] She met Querejeta on the set of Mamá cumple cien años, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards.[5] The relationship has subsequently received much publicity. Querejeta remained married to his wife throughout their relationship; although he and his wife had been living separate lives, there was never an official split and neither party pursued a divorce.

Accordingly, Muñoz as a mistress, did not interfere to break this union, and also never fought for possibility marriage or conjugal properties.


Muñoz died on 27 February 2011, at age 56 of undeclared causes. Her gravestone is marked at the Roman Catholic cemetery of Saint Michael in Malaga, Spain.



Year Title Role Notes
1973 El diablo en persona Lupita
1974 Vida conyugal sana modelo publicitaria
Tocata y fuga de Lolita Lolita Villar
1975 Sensualidad Ana
Clara es el precio Clara Valverde
1976 La otra alcoba Diana
Mauricio, mon amour Doctora Verónica Anglada
Volvoreta Volvoreta
1977 Del amor y de la muerte Elena
Acto de posesión Berta
1979 El anillo matrimonial Alba
Mamá cumple cien años Natalia Brussels Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Jury Prize for Best Cinematography San Sebastián International Film Festival
El tahúr Alejandra
1980 Memorias de un visitador médico Magdalena
Dedicatory Clara Nominated— Palme d'Or en el Festival de Cannes
1981 El Gran Triunfo Rosita Montes
La mujer del ministro Teresa
Como México no hay dos Silvia Escandon
Las siete cucas Cresencia
Trágala, perro Sor Patrocinio
1982 Si las mujeres mandaran (o mandasen) Agustina
Hablamos esta noche Clara
El gran mogollón María Ángeles
1983 Todo un hombre Laura Monteros
Hayop sa ganda
Se me sale cuando me río
1984 El balcón abierto La Mujer
1985 La reina del mate Cristina
1986 Lulú de noche Nina
Delirios de amor Angélica Durán
1987 Las dos orillas
Los invitados La catalana
En penumbra Helena
1988 La luna negra Lilit Premiere San Sebastián International Film Festival
Best Cinematography Sitges Film Festival and Fantasporto Film Festival
1989 Al acecho
1996 Familia Carmen Premiere Vancouver International Film Festival
Best Cinematography Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata
Licántropo Dra. Mina Westenra
1997 Fotos Rosa Mejor película en Sitges Film Festival
Nominated - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
Elles Maria Premiere Palm Springs International Film Festival
1999 Tierra de cañones La Cantero
2000 Un paraíso bajo las estrellas Olivia Premiere Sundance Film Festival


Year Title Role
1968 Hora once
1976 Las aventuras del Hada Rebeca
1982 Sonata de estío Niña Chole
1983 Las pícaras
Sonatas Niña Chole
1987 Vida privada Concha Pujol
1989 Brigada central Marisa
1993 Los cuentos de Borges Gracia
2011 El cas de la núvia dividida Sra. Hardisson


Year Title Role Notes
2000 La habitación del hotel Shelly


  1. ^ a b c "Amparo Muñoz muere a los 56 años". El Periódico de Catalunya. EFE. August 28, 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Muere en Málaga a los 56 años Amparo Muñoz, actriz española y Miss Universo en 1974". February 28, 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Amparo Muñoz pagó su vida en el pozo de la droga". libertaddigital. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Elías Querejeta, el hombre que luchó por salvar a Amparo Muñoz de la droga". ABC. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-06-08.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Margarita Moran
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
  Anne Marie Pohtamo
Preceded by
María del Rocío Martín
Miss Spain
Succeeded by
Chelo Martin