Hilda Bernard, the TV villain everyone loved to hate, died at 101

Hilda Bernard, the TV villain everyone loved to hate, died at 101

The actress who was born in Puerto Deseado. Photo: file.

Argentinian actress Hilda Bernard, a essential reference of radio, theater, television and Argentine cinemadied this Wednesday at the age of 101, reported the Argentine Association of Actors.

The actress born in Puerto Deseado, province of Santa Cruz, on October 29, 1920, of English, Belgian and Austrian ancestors, has received countless awards during a career full of events, among which the Podestá Prize for an Honorable Career in 1994 – awarded jointly by the National Senate and the Actors Association -, in 2010 she was awarded the María Guerrero Prize for Career, in 2014 declared an Illustrious Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires and in 2015 they awarded him the Martín Fierro for his entire career.

Currently, Bernard, who suffered from Covid-19 last year and recovered satisfactorily, was the oldest member of the Actors Association, registered in 1942 with card number 26.

Bernard’s rich interpretive trajectory places her at both ends of the road shining in 1940s radio dramas and composing terrible villains in 1990s soap operas.

In the middle of this career that never goes unnoticed, the actress made a name for herself on the theater stages and participated in around twenty films between 1951 and 2010.

Endowed with one of the best voices in the medium, which made her a radio star in the 1940s, she formed an indelible duo with Oscar Casco on Radio El Mundo.

your trajectory

Installed young in Buenos Aires, she studied at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of the time, where she had Antonio Cunill Cabanellas as a teacher and shared classes with María Rosa Gallo; In 1941, she made her debut on the Cervantes stage in a version of “Martín Fierro”, with the role of seller of empanadas, which she won in a competition.

From then on, she began to monopolize the roles of what was called “damsel”, a very coveted category. His first great popularity lay in these programs, with Casco, Eduardo Rudy and Fernando Siro in El Mundo; in the early 1950s he was on Radio Splendid as the first character in a cycle booked by Nené Cascallar – “My wife wants to get married”, with Nydia Reinal and also with Casco- and he returned to his mother station with titles like “I don’t want to live like this” and “Someone to love”.

In the last glorious years of the genre (1957), he interpreted for El Mundo an adaptation of “Words in the Wind”an American film directed by Douglas Sirk in which she interpreted the role of Lauren Bacall, while Fernando Siro reproduced that of Rock Hudson.

trace it theater career by Bernard allows us to place it, among dozens of stagings, in “Los mirasoles” and “Islas Orcadas” (both in 1942), “Las de Barranco” (1962) and “They killed a taxi driver ” (1970). In 1983, she participated in the open theater cycle with “Anniversary Concert”, by Eduardo Rovner, directed by Sergio Renán, which resumed in a modified form at the San Martín in 1991 and in which she repeated her role.

“Las Sopranos Sociedad Secreta” was a musical experience in 2007 by Osvaldo Campion in which he performed alongside opera singers, and that same year he participated in the cycle “Women x Identity”, with Georgina Barbarossa, Luisa Kuliok, Natalia Oreiro, Julia Zenko and China Zorrilla.

Two highlights of his career were “The Last Encounter” (2010), by Sándor Márai, with Duilio Marzio and Fernando Heredia, directed by Gabriela Izcovich, and “8 Mujeres”, by Robert Thomas, with Katja Alemann, Cecilia Dopazo, María Leal, Emilia Mazer, Norma Pons, Juana Repetto, Mónica Villa and Chunchuna Villafañe, directed by José María Muscari. She takes over the role of grandmother that Danielle Darrieux played in François Ozon’s film.

The actress married twice, had a daughter (Patricia), a grandson (Emiliano Parada, son of the famous Emilio Disi, Patricia’s partner) and a great-grandson.

The television highlighted the figure of the interpreter since the 1960s, when she appeared in programs such as “Romeo y… Raquel!!!”, with Atilio Marinelli, followed, among others, by “Mujeres en presidio” , “Lo Mejor de Nuestro Vida… our children”, “Italian girl is just getting married”, “Malevo”, “High comedy”.

As an adult, she continued to be admired thanks to the malicious roles she took on in “Antonella”, “Soy Gina”, “Chiquititas”, “Los Simuladores”, “Tiempofinal”, “Rebelde Way”, ” Floricienta”, “The Nanny”, “The Hit Pells”, “What Time Has Left Us”, and “First Time Stories”.

In the cinema he made his debut with “Bad people” (1951), by Don Napy, when his radio celebrity was full, and this film was followed by titles such as “Enigma de mujer” and “Historia de una soga ” (1956 ), “Come with me” and “Autocine my love” (1972), “La flor de la mafia” (1974), “Six passages in hell” (1976, by Fernando Siro), “Days of illusion ” and “Rosa defar” (1980), “Diapason”, 1986, by Jorge Polaco.

In 2004, he participated in a particular horror film co-produced with the United States and spoken in English, “Jennifer’s Shadow”, alongside several Argentine performers and starring Hollywood Faye Dunaway.

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