Born 1928 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexican actress and dancer Lilia Prado began her career in 1946 when a journalist took her to the set of the film Bel Ami at Estudios Azteca. The next day, she was given work as an extra. She appeared in uncredited roles in La barca de oro (1947) and Soy charro de Rancho Grande (1947), and had a “good little role” as a maid in Dueña y señora (1948).
Around the same time, Prado won a beauty contest and began attending acting classes. She obtained her first starring role in Confidencias de un ruletero (1949), and also appeared in Subida al cielo (1952), Abismos de pasión (1954), and La ilusión viaja en tranvía (1954).
Her performance in Talpa (1956) earned her a nomination for the Ariel Award for Best Actress. Prado was Cantinflas’ leading lady in the popular comedy El analfabeto (1961).
Noted for her beauty and on-screen sensuality, Prado was a famous star and sex symbol of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She received the Golden Ariel for her career, and the following year she was honored by the Cineteca Nacional.
Prado died in 2006 at the age of 78.
Take a look at these rare photos to see glamorous beauty of young Lilia Prado in the 1950s.