Politics and Rivalry
My work on The Circus Cavalcade began in the middle of May. Libertad
Lamarque, my coworker, was already quite famous. She had starred in
numerous movies before The Circus Cavalcade and was well known
throughout Argentina and most of Latin America. She had brown hair
and was short and fat. She was not beautiful, but the way she charmed
men by batting her eyelashes and smiling seductively, she made people
think that she was beautiful!
My rivalry with Libertad began from the very first day on the set. I ar-
around ten o’ clock in the morning, since I had woken up late and taken
breakfast with Perón, andd the actors were all expected to show up at
eight o’ clock in the morning.. We were rehearsing a scene in which
I had a major role— the scene in which I had an argument with my
costar—Hugo Leball and so the crew and actors had had to wait for me.
This caused Libertad— and most of the cast, of course—to become very
“Sorry I’m late. I woke up late this morning.” I apologized when I
entered the set.
“Who do you think you are, making us wait around like this?” Libertad
“I said that I woke up late! It wasn’t my fault!” I replied angrily.
“Yes it was! You should know better than to be so lazy!” Libertad
replied in a huff.
“Libertad. She apologized. We can shoot the scene now. It’s not a big
deal.” said Hugo, the other major actor of the movie.
“It is too a big deal! If she can’t show up on time, we should fire her!”
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