Isela Vega Durazo (5 November 1939 – 9 March 2021) was a Mexican actress,[1] singer-songwriter,[2] and filmmaker.

Isela Vega
Isela Vega en 1974.jpg
Vega in 1974
Born(1939-11-05)5 November 1939
Died9 March 2021(2021-03-09) (aged 81)
Mexico City, Mexico
Partner(s)Alberto Vázquez, Jorge Luke [es]


In 1957, she was chosen as "Princess of the Carnival" in Hermosillo. Shortly afterwards, she began modeling. In 1960, she began her acting career,[3] which continued until her death. Her most widely known role is that of Elita in Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. She also wrote the song, "Bennie's Song", which appears in the film. She was subsequently photographed nude for the July 1974 issue of Playboy magazine.

She won five Ariel Awards, including for La Viuda Negra (1977) Herod's Law (1999), and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (2017).[3]

In the 1980s, Vega made her debut behind the camera by writing, producing and directing a number of films. She was called to sing the songs "Amanecí en tus brazos" and "El Siete Mares" in the 1986 film Gringo mojado. Overall, she participated in 150 movies.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Vega was born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She has a son named Arturo with singer Alberto Vázquez, with whom she had a short lived troubled relationship, but never married; and a daughter, Shaula,[4] who is an actress and dancer, from her long lasting relationship with the actor Jorge Luke [es].[1] Vega died of cancer in Mexico City on March 9, 2021, at the age of 81.[5]

Filmography as actressEdit

Filmography as writer, director, producerEdit

  • 1980: Navajeros (producer)
  • 1982: Una gallina muy ponedora (producer)
  • 1986: Los amantes del señor de la noche (writer, producer, director)
  • 2018–2019: "Like La Leyenda"


  1. ^ a b Televisa Espectáculos (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) - IMDb". Retrieved 10 March 2021 – via
  3. ^ a b c "Fallece Isela Vega a los 81 años; padecía cáncer". El Universal (in Spanish). 10 March 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Isela Vega". IMDb. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Last Hour: Mexican actress Isela Vega dies". 10 March 2021.

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