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Before Saoirse Ronan And Timothée Chalamet, A Cubanita Played The Role Of One Of The Sisters In ‘Little Women’

A brand new adaptation of the classic 1868 novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, is on the way. The coming of age story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow from childhood to womanhood in the aftermath of the Civil War in America. But before the new rendition, there was another adaptation in the early 90s. And a Latina played a leading role in it. 

Little Women is a classic 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, who loosely based the book on herself and her own siblings.

The coming of age story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow from childhood to womanhood in the aftermath of the Civil War in America. With their father away fighting, the girls face the limitations of poverty and social expectations.

Little Women is one of the most popular books in the history of American literature, and the novel has never been out of print.

Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming movie will be the eighth adaptation of Little Women in film. Notable previous reimaginings include the 1933 film starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo and the 1994 flick with Winona Ryder in the lead role.

Meg March, the oldest sister, was portrayed by a Latina in the 1994 rendition.

Trinidad (Trini) Alvarado, is among the lesser known actors of the 1994 film. But her career is actually very ample. She’s appeared on stage as well as on the big screen, and her first movie was Rich Kids in 1979, when she was just 12 years old. Since playing Meg, the timid sister who values good manners and just wants to find a nice man to settle down with, Trini has appeared as Dr Lucy Linskey in The Frighteners (1996) and Marie Alweather in Paulie (1998). She’s also done some work on TV.

Born in New York City in July of 1967, Trini’s father was a Spanish singer and her mother a Puerto Rican dancer. 

The precocious actor and singer made her stage debut in her parents flamenco troupe at age seven, and by age nine made her professional stage debut in the musical Becca.

She portrayed a Cuban immigrant in a subsequent film.

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Joining another nontraditional family with the release of the following year’s The Perez Family, Alvarado’s portrayed a Cuban refugee seeking asylum in the United States. Her interpretation showed she could hold her own alongside talented co-stars as Anjelica Huston and Alfred Molina. 

The BBC has made no less than four TV adaptations of the book, in 1950, 1958, 1970 and then in 2017, the latter starring Maya Hawke and Emily Watson

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There have also been numerous theatre and musical adaptations of the classic tale. What’s more, there were two silent films released in 1917 and 1918, though there is no known copy of the first one.

The brand new Little Women adaptation is on the way, but this time with a starrier cast than ever before.

Premiering in just a week, the new rendition has an all-star cast. Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet and Emma Watson are just a few of the award-winning actors who’ll be bringing to life the story of the March sisters in the new film from Greta Gerwig.

The new Little Women boasts an A-list cast of Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actors.

Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen will play the four March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth respectively. James Norton plays Meg’s husband, John Brooke. Ronan’s Lady Bird co-star Timothée Chalamet will portray boy next door and close friend of Jo, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence. Another one of Greta Gerwig’s muses, Laura Dern, also joins the cast as the girls’ mother Marmee March, while Meryl Streep stars as rich Aunt Josephine, James Norton as Laurie’s tutor and Meg’s potential love interest John Brooke and Bob Odenkirk as the sisters’ absent father.

Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic story recently got the approval of Gillian Armstrong, the filmmaker behind the much-loved 1994 version. 

She wrote on Twitter: “Plucked up courage and saw the new Little Women. And loved it. Very different. Brave new structure. Fantastic cast. And yes the message sadly needs to be stronger for this generation. Hopefully now men will see and vote #gretaforoscar.”

The upcoming film has already generated Oscar buzz, so here’s hoping Gerwig gets her deserved nomination. Little Women is out in US theaters December 26, if you can’t wait until then, don’t fret: watch the 1994 version and give our girl Trini, some love. 

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