Tuesday, March 1, 2011

1974 Miss Universe Amparo Muñoz, RIP

1974 Miss Universe Amparo Muñoz (of Spain) has died at her home in Malaga last Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.

Amparo has a soft spot in the hearts of Filipinos because she won her title in the Philippines when the pageant was held here for the first time in 1974. The second time, in 1994, it was Sushmita Sen of India who bagged the Miss U crown. Amparo’s first runner-up was Wales’ Helen Morgan who went on to win the Miss World title but was shortly dethroned when she was discovered to be an unwed mother.

The stunning Spanish beauty came back to do a movie with another Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz (1969), titled Hayop sa Ganda, and went home in a huff after she clashed with a producer/talent-scout with whom she swapped court charges. Back in Spain, she became an instant celebrity because of her beauty title.

“She ventured into the movies and starred with some of Spain’s popular actors including Nino Bravo, Pedro Carrasco, Rocio Durcal and Camelo Sesto,” added Felix. “In 1979, she acted in the comedy Mama Turns 100, followed by Todo un Hombre (He’s All A Man) in 1982, Familia with Fernando Leon de Aranoa, A Paradise Under the Stars in 1999 and El Tahur in 2003.”

Her Filipino fans haven’t heard anything about Amparo, until several years later when she was wrongly reported to have died of a sex-related ailment.

Amparo’s three marriages all ended in divorce.

So private has Amparo become that her funeral was limited to members of the family, reported her brother Pedro.

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