Emma Roldán

Emma Roldán (February 3, 1893 – August 29, 1978) was a Mexican character actress and costume designer. She is remembered as the sharp-tongued, domineering matron of Mexican cinema, and was nominated three times for a Silver Ariel Award.

Emma Roldán
Emma Roldán Reyna

(1893-02-03)February 3, 1893
DiedAugust 29, 1978(1978-08-29) (aged 85)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress, costume designer
Years active1922–1978
Spouse(s)Pedro Jesús Ojeda (divorced)
2 children
Alfredo del Diestro

Acted in some of Fernando de Fuentes most important movies, like El prisionero trece and El compadre Mendoza, both from his Revolution Trilogy, and first Mexican box-office Allá en el Rancho Grande.

Early lifeEdit

A San Luis Potosí native, Roldán was born Emma Roldán Reyna to hotel owners José María Roldán and Virginia Reyna, the second of four siblings.[1] Her parents' hotel was located in front of the "Teatro de la Paz" in San Luis Potosí, where theatrical companies would perform.[1] It is there where she met her husband Pedro Jesús Ojeda with whom she procreated two children, Emma Ojeda Roldán and Pedro Ojeda Roldán.[1] She and her husband moved to Monterrey, but they would tour across the country, a life she disliked.[1] They later divorced and Roldán relocated to her parents' home in Potosí.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result
1947 Ariel Awards Silver Ariel for Best Actress in a Minor Role for Dizziness Nominated
1951 Ariel Awards Silver Ariel for Best Actress in a Minor Role for Vino el remolino y nos levantó Nominated
1952 Ariel Awards Silver Ariel for Best Actress in a Minor Role for Cárcel de mujeres Nominated
1976 Premio ACE Cinema - Best Supporting Actress for The Passion of Berenice Won


  1. ^ a b c d e "Emma Roldán sigue latente en la TV gracias a su extensa filmografía" [Emma Roldán is still latent on TV thanks to her extensive filmography]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2 February 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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