Deceased Mexican film star Irma Serrano. Photo: Google


Once-internationally renowned Mexican film star and diva Irma Serrano died Wednesday, March 1, from a heart attack at age 89, the National Actors Association reported.

Serrano, better known as “La Tigresa” (“The Tigress”), began her career as a singer of ranchero music in the early 1960s, and then expanded into the Mexican film industry as a powerful femme fatal in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the 1990s, she turned to politics, serving as a national senator for her home state of Chiapas.

Rumored to have had a torrid love affair with Mexico’s then-President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz in the 1960s, Serrano was no stranger to scandal, having acted in numerous X-rated films and plays and having been arrested for making death threats and brandishing a gun at a tenant who refused to move out of one of her properties.

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