Tijuana born actress Elsa Cardenas has made over 100 movie and television appearances since her career began in Mexico in 1954. in 1956, her performance in The Brave One caught the attention of director George Stevens, who cast her in Giant (1956). Elsa appeared in a handful of other English productions, though most of her films are in Spanish.
in 1963, Cardena played Dolores Gomez, a saucy bullfighter in a love triangle with Elvis and Ursula Andress, in Fun in Accapulco. for more on the fabulously riduculous plot of this film, please see my previous post on Ursula.
Elsa told the press that she had been disinherited by her wealthy grandfather, due to his disapproval of her proffesion. her share of the inheritance was given to a sister who became a lawyer. “But it was worth it,” Elsa is reported to have said, “look at me now. I’m co-starring in a movie with Elvis Presley. That’s worth a fortune to a lot of girls.”
in 1957, Cardenas married Texas oilman Guy Preston Patton. the two divorced a few years later. Elsa later remarried and has a daughter named Paola. She continues to work in film and television in Mexico and her latest film, Cartas a Elena, is currently in post production.