Spanish actress Pilar Bardem, mother of Oscar winner Javier Bardem, has died aged 82, her children said in a statement posted to social media.
“We want to share the news that Pilar Bardem, our mother, our example, has passed away. She left in peace, without suffering and surrounded by the love of her family, ”wrote her children Carlos, Monica and Javier in a message published Saturday evening on Carlos’ Twitter account.
Born in Seville in 1939, Pilar Bardem was the daughter of a couple of actors and the sister of the famous filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem.
His three children also devoted themselves to acting, Javier Bardem having gained international fame with his Oscar-winning role as a psychopathic hitman in “No Country for Old Men” by the Coen brothers.
Starring in dozens of films, TV series and plays, Pilar has had a solid career in Spain, where she won a Goya – the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars – for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. 1995 “Nobody Will Speak of United States When We’re Dead”.
“From her (my mother) I learned that if you want to do something, you have to do it really well,” Javier said in an interview ten years ago with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“I remember she spent night after night reviewing the scripts. “
# photo1Pilar was also known for her political and social activism, including campaigning to improve conditions for actors and against the 2003 war in Iraq.
“She leaves us a huge legacy in cinema, theater and television. But the great Pilar Bardem was above all a defender of equality, freedom and the rights of all, ”Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on his Twitter account.
Pilar Bardem was also the stepmother of Oscar winner Penelope Cruz, married to Javier.
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