Spanish actress and Almodóvar muse Verónica Forqué dies at 66

Spanish actress and Almodóvar muse Verónica Forqué dies at 66
Forqué was one of Spain's most popular actors during the 80s and 90s. Screenshot: Kika. Photo: Dani Pozo/Wikipedia
Spanish actress Verónica Forqué, who starred in Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar's dark comedy "Kika", has been found dead Monday at her Madrid home after taking her own life, police said.

Forqué, who turned 66 on December 1st, was one of Spain’s most popular actresses during the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in many comedies.

“She committed suicide at her home,” a police spokesman told AFP without giving further details.

She won the best actress prize in 1994 at the Goya Awards, Spain’s top film honours, for her role in “Kika” as a young make-up artist who starts a relationship with the stepson of a philandering American writer.

Forqué also appeared in Almodovar’s 1984 film “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, his first movie to be released theatrically in the United States, and his 1986 “Matador”.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who appeared in “Matador” alongside her, expressed his condolences on Twitter.

“Goodbye Veronica Forqué. I worked with her several years ago and I remember a sweet, spiritual woman and a very good work colleague,” he wrote shortly after news of her death broke.

The daughter of a director and a writer, Forqué began her studies in psychology but ultimately switched to drama.

She worked with “some of the most important directors in Spanish cinema”, including Luis Garcia Berlanga and Antonio Mercero, in addition to Almodovar, according to the Spanish culture ministry’s website.

Forqué also appeared in theatres and on television, most recently in the celebrity edition of the Spanish version of cooking competition “MasterChef Celebrity”.

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