María Padín (September 15, 1888 – December 21, 1970) was a
Uruguayan film, radio, and theater actress and producer who had a successful career in
The daughter of circus actors
Manuel Padín [
es] (the clown Padín el 77) and Eulalia Mendizábal (trapeze artist), María Padín had a sister from this marriage named Aída Padín, who would later marry Francisco Aniceto Benavente and give her a nephew,
Saulo Benavente, a painter, illuminator, and scenographer. After her parents separated, Manuel Padín married the Uruguayan actress Máxima Hourquet, giving María seven half-siblings (one of whom died a young child), including the first comic actress and vedette
Margarita Padín, and the young figures
Pilar Padín [
Fausto Padín [
es]. Her sister-in-law was the actress Raquel Oquendo.
María started working as a professional actress in 1905 with the
Podestá Brothers [
es], and later also worked in radio and television. In radio, she was the first actress of the Radio-Teatrales Argentinas companies of Ricardo Migueres and Ricardo Bustamante.
In addition to her career on the big screen, Padín had several roles in theatrical
revues. She worked for
Pablo Podestá's company, directed by
Pepe Podestá [
es] and with
Blanca Podestá [
Alberto Ballerini [
es]. After this dissolved, she settled for a few years in Chile and returned to form her own comedy company with advice from Dr. Oscar R. Beltrán. Then she joined her husband's company, called "Mario", which was made up of the actors
Herminia Mancini [
es], Ángeles Arguelles, Rosa Martínez, Julio Scarcella, and
Pepito Petray [
es]. With this company she toured locations such as
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"'Crónica cinematográfica'". Archivos i letrados: Escritos sobre cine en Chile: 1908–1940 [Archives and Letters: Writings About Cinema in Chile: 1908–1940] (in Spanish). Cuarto Propio. p. 203.
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