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Many Of Us Grew Up Watching Her On TV, Now Edith González Has Died After Battle With Cancer

While fans hoped the rumors of her death that swirled on Thursday morning were false (it wouldn’t be the first time a fake death started trending on Twitter), beloved Mexican actress Edith González, who famously battled cancer, has died.

Mexican journalist Mara Patricia Castañeda confirmed the news about the telenovela star’s death at the age of 54.

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Mara Patricia gave a few details about Edith’s tragic loss, revealing in a telephone interview with Televisa morning show ‘HOY’ that the star had passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning at the Ángeles Interlomas hospital in Mexico City. She said that actress Leticia Calderón, one of Edith’s closest friends, was the person who confirmed the information first hand and asked that Mara be the one to break the devastating news.

No cause of death has yet been confirmed, but it is speculated that it is related to ovarian cancer with which she was diagnosed in 2016.

The National Association of Actors, to which many of the actress’ friends belong, would like her to lie in state at the Jorge Negrete Theater located in the Mexican capital.

In 2017, Edith graced the cover of HOLA! Mexico to say “I am not a warrior, I am a lover of life.”

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She took to the cover with her husband Lorenzo Lazo and said she was living, not fighting, as she faced her illness.

Following her cancer diagnosis, Gonzalez confirmed that she underwent various surgeries to have her lymph nodes, ovaries and uterus removed. In a 2019 interview on “Un Nuevo Dia,” Gonzalez said that her father, who suffered from cancer, had been her inspiration. Gonzalez said in the interview, “I said to myself: if my father can, I can.”

Her devasting death comes after a long and illustrious career in Mexican television.

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Gonzalez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, in the northern part of Mexico on December 10, 1964. Gonzalez’s father, Efrain, was an accountant, her mother was a stay-at-home mom.

Gonzalez first got the acting bug in childhood when she was cast in “El Rey los Gorilas” in 1976 at the age of 10, according to an online bio.

During her storied career, Gonzalez was seen on the Televisa, Telemundo and TV Azteca networks. During her time with Azteca, which began in 2010, Gonzalez was seen in the telenovela, “Cielo Rojo,” and the reality show, “The Academy.” Gonzalez prior reality TV experience saw her appear as a judge on the show, “Dancing for a Dream.”

But she’s perhaps best known for her roles in “Corazón Salvaje”, which is known as one of the most memorable and sucessful telenovelas of all time. She also had leading roles in “Nunca te olvidaré”, “Salomé”, and “Doña Bárbara.”

News of Salomé’s death was met with emotional reactions all across Mexico.

Even the hosts of Mexico’s “Programa Hoy”, were feeling extremely emotional as they confirmed the news on this morning’s program.

The outpouring of grief has been huge, especially with Latinos in Mexico and the US.

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She was a very visible woman in the homes of millions of Mexicans and Latinos in the US. Losing someone who you grew up with, even if only on the TV, has left many mourners in shock.

Many remembered her for her roles which portrayed her as a strong, powerful woman.

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From “Corazón Salvaje” to “Salomé” and “Doña Bárbara,” Edith González was known to take on roles that let her shine as the powerful, strong woman she was in real life.

Others took to Twitter to share their memories of the actress and how important she was to their families.

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Like for real though, how many of us would spend afternoons with our families watching her on the TV?! She was iconic.

Many noted how they grew up watching Edith Gonzalez with their abuelas, tias, and mamis.

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“Salomé” had to be my abuela’s favorite TV show ever.

For some, her telenovelas were many people’s introduction to the genre.

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“Corazón Salvaje” remains to this day one of the most successful and memorable telenovelas in history. So it makes sense that many people knew her first from this iconic role.

Her death has been mourned by people all around the world.

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Apparently, telenovelas know no borders as one user tweeted how she knew Edith from watching “Nunca te olvidaré” across the world in Indonesia.

Descansa en paz, Edith González!

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Translation: I am still in shock. Edith González was one of those women that inspired many with her struggle, her talent, and her beauty – always with a smile. I will admire her always. I send a so much love and strength to her daughter, husband, and family. Fly high beautiful!

mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

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mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

Family can be a great source of many things. They can bring us love and support as well as a sense of belonging. Our familias are often our first introduction to relationships and can be a mirror in which we reflect upon ourselves. They can also be a source of some telenovela sized drama. 

Every family has their secrets but some are wilder than others. We asked our FIERCE readers to dig all the family skeletons out of their metaphorical closets and they were quick to spill the tea. Here are some of the most shocking and scandalous family secrets they shared with us. 

1. The hidden family.

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“Um, that my father fathered several more children [than what] we were told. I think we now have like 12 half-siblings now, only knew if half of them. He’s in his 80s but still, it’s for sure weird. ????” @misslopez_if_youre_vasty

2. *Cue the novela music.*

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“That my sister almost married our half brother ( not 100% confirm ) and when he found out he went and married another girl with the same name as my sister but different last name he just change the last name at the church.” @karo056186

3. Romantic entanglements.

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 “My husband’s brother left his girlfriend for her sister… who happened to date my husband back in the day. They’re married with a baby now.” @thahomieguera

4. A grandfather in all but blood.

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“That my grandfather (May he Rest In Peace ❤️) wasn’t my biological grandfather. I always wondered why my mom told the doctors that diabetes didn’t run in the family when it was the reason he passed away. ????????‍♀️” @ivonlabombon

5. A secret straight out of the closet.

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“My moms neighbors tea… the wife thought her husband was cheating so she asked my sister to give her a ride to follow him.. turns out he had a male lover ….now the lady blames my sister for giving her a ride like that’s the problem… and her closet gay husband stayed living there like nothing happened.” @fitmomofdolls

6. Just plain scandalous.

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“That my tia stole my abuelita’s will from my moms room in mexico and that she claims she doesn’t have it cause she left more for my mom and wants my abuelito to write another one with more dinero for her!!!!!” @mishygoldfishy

7. Definitely a premise for a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

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“My mom’s cousin had a boy when she was young while still in Central America. When she immigrated over to the states she had to leave him behind temporarily while she got her life together. My aunt met a man in the US and made a life here. They had 3 daughters. During that time her son grew up and I’m sure became super resentful toward my aunt. At some point my aunt put papers in for her son and brought him to the states. Him and the oldest daughter got SUPER close to the point where it got hella weird. She fell for her brother and they tried to run away with each other. I believe there plan was to go back to Central America. Mind you she was still a minor. He ended up ditching her at the border.” @pessiyerez

8. Throw the whole dad away.

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“So 7th grade. My dad looked me in the face on the way inside our apartment and said ‘Hey! Its time for me to go. I’m leaving your mom next week.’ ????‍♀️” @kelly_a_stackhouse

9. This tia sounds cool af.

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“That one of my mother’s older sister’s owned a brothel in Guatemala in the 70s. And would get her military boyfriend to beat the shit out of any of the men that mistreated her ladies. ????????‍♀️” @pixelatedgum

10. Lost a tio and gained an hermano

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“My uncle was actually my brother….he was raised by my grandma and my mom played along. My mom was young so my grandma didn’t want my mom’s reputation to be ruined. One xmas when I was 15 my step-dad told my brother my mom was his mom. We didn’t believe it but then our mom confirmed it. We talk about it all the time, how we use to call him Tio but now it’s bro.” @arco___iris___

11. Say a rosario after reading this secret.

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“That my grandma thought my grandfather was cheating and so she cheated him with their church’s reverend.” @grestmarie

12. The literal definition of “primo-hermanos.”

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“That someone’s prima’s daughter was pregnant by their son’s father????‍♀️ now they’re literally ‘primo-hermanos.’ @_lilasthebest_

13. Fame doesn’t mean much when you’re a cheater. 

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“My grandma dated Freddie Fender back in the 70s, she went to SPI to watch him play.. well she ended up finding him w/ another woman. She was so angry at him she threw his keys in the ocean and left his ass there…men ain’t shit ????????” @taramdelagarza

 
 

Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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In Israel, Idan Matalon is regarded as a gay icon, but in the queer telenovela fandom subculture, Matalon is a superstar. Matalon rose to fame within Israel as an online lipsync star, after he created a YouTube channel dedicated to displaying his pop song lipsyncing skills when he was just 16-years-old. Matalon rose to fame while lipsyncing Korean pop, but, soon, he fell in love with Spanish language telenovelas. The queer Latino community is living for his reenactments of some of the most dramatic moments in telenovela history, this time, with a gay man playing the hypersexualized and distressed female interest. 

Lipsyncing in Spanish soon inspired a passion to learn to speak Spanish, and, now, Matalon nearly exclusively speaks in Spanish on his social media platforms.

Matalon went viral in the Latino community after reenacting the embarazada scene in “Tierra de Pasiones.”

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On this year’s International Coming Out Day, Matalon shared his story and how social media and the Internet has helped him come to terms with his sexuality. “For years I thought [homosexuality] was a sin. I didn’t have YouTube or social networks to watch stories, videos and thoughts of other kids who were like me, and that’s why I felt very lonely and scared with my feelings. In school, the word ‘gay’ was like an insult to the boys,” he shared in an Instagram post. While serving in the Israel Defense Force, he came out as gay to his parents. He was 19-years-old and was met with full support. 

Since then, Matalon has become a columnist for Moovz to discuss LGBT issues and has even made an appearance on the cover of Mexico’s Betún Magazine. Today, he’s using his social media to reimagine telenovelas as acted out (and lipsynced) by the gays, and it’s hilarious. Back in 2015, he and his friend Sachin Bhatt lipsynced the novela scene when Gabriela Spanic and Catherine Siachoque got into a physical fight during the moment the fake-pregnancy gig was finally up. When Matalon grabs the pillow out of Bhatt’s shirt, he takes off his shirt to reveal the kind of six-pack that only the gays can create. This is the content we deserve.

Matalon just announced that he’ll be embarking on a comedy tour in Mexico next year.

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Matalon learned Spanish for his love of novelas, and that overly emoted passion has landed him an entire comedy career in Latin America. Matalon will be returning to Mexico to deliver his “I Live in a Telenovela” comedy show to nine major cities. Will you be there?

Matalon was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, but has lived all over the Spanish-speaking world.

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Matalon just moved back to his home in Israel, but he spent the last four years appreciating Mexican and American values (and puppies). Matalon moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, and during that time, he spent a year living in Mexico City. In an Instagram post in Spanish, Matalon said, “I already feel like Mexico and LA are my home, but I love my country Israel, I feel relaxed in Tel Aviv, and happy with my family and friends.” While he was living in Mexico, he adopted three adorable chihuahuas and embarked on a two-month process to ensure he would be able to safely bring his beloved babies back to Israel. We love a committed rescue dad!

His telenovela videos are beloved around the world and his Spanish-language skills are pretty remarkable.

The gay YouTuber has spent his life traveling around the world and creating videos for social media. He was a YouTube lipsync artist when he was 16 years old then joined the Israeli military. In April 2012, Matalon was named Shalom Life’s 20 hottest of the 50 hottest Jewish men. His impact in the queer community is massive and his growing among the Latino community is quickly catching up.

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