María Duval (Argentine actress)

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María Duval
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María Mogilesky

(1926-05-17)17 May 1926
Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Died10 May 2022(2022-05-10) (aged 95)
, Argentina
Years active1940–1949
SpouseJosé Grosman (1948–2010)

María Duval (born María Mogilesky; 17 May 1926 – 10 May 2022) was an Argentine actress, considered one of the most representative performers of the Argentine cinema of the 1940s. She made 21 films until her retirement in 1949.[1][2]


After winning a reading contest, she left her hometown, accompanied by her father, and traveled to Buenos Aires to participate in a contest organized by the prestigious journalist Chas de Cruz to be part of the cast of Canción de cuna (1941), by Gregorio Martínez Sierra.[3] In the same year she took part in Brother Joe with Pepe Arias for Argentina Sono Film.[3]

Carlos Hugo Christensen directed her in Sixteen (1943), for Lumiton. Called by Estudios San Miguel, she starred alongside Ángel Magaña in Cuando florezca el naranjo, directed by Alberto de Zavalía. In 1945 she starred alongside Elina Colomer in Lost Kisses, and in 1946 she appeared in The Three Rats, where he formed a trio with Amelia Bence and Mecha Ortiz; the plot recounted the difficult story of three sisters without parents.[4]

In 1948 she married wool industrialist José Grosman (22 December 1917 – 22 November 2010),

Silver Condor Award for her career and she was given a standing ovation by those present. At the 16th Edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2001) she was honored in the "Women and cinema" section.[7] The Argentine Senate awarded her a diploma for her brilliant artistic career, and she received the Podestá Award in 2003.[8] In 2007 she was declared an Illustrious Citizen of the City of Bahía Blanca.[2]

In 2014, she conducted an interview for the Incaa TV program En foco where she covered her entire artistic career.

She died at her home in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Belgrano, on 10 May 2022, at the age of 95.[9]



  1. ^ "Fallece la actriz María Duval, icono del cine argentino de los años 40" [Actress María Duval, icon of Argentine cinema of the 40s, dies]. Swissinfo (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b De Vita, Pablo (10 May 2022). "Adiós a María Duval, la gran estrella juvenil del cine nacional" [Goodbye to María Duval, the great young star of national cinema]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "La vida después del éxito: Elsa Daniel y María Duval fueron distinguidas por sus trayectorias" [Life after success: Elsa Daniel and María Duval were honored for their careers]. La Nación (in Spanish). 18 December 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  4. ^ Blanco Pazos, Roberto (2008). Diccionario de Actrices del Cine Argentino (1933-1997) (2nd ed.). Buenos Aires.
  5. ^ "José Grosman profile". FamilySearch.
  6. ^ "Jose Grosman".
  7. ^ "Un emotivo homenaje a las actrices del cine nacional" [An emotional tribute to the actresses of national cinema]. Clarín (in Spanish). 10 March 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Premios Podestá para figuras de gran trayectoria" [Podesta Awards for figures of great career]. La Nación (in Spanish). 16 December 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Murió a los 95 años la actriz María Duval, ícono del cine argentino" [Actress María Duval, icon of Argentine cinema, died at the age of 95]. Infobae (in Spanish). 10 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.

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