Although her most recent passage on television has been her much commented participation as a contestant in MasterChef Celebrity 6 , the work as an actress of Verónica Forqué, found dead this Monday in her Madrid house at the age of 66, he shone as much on the small screen as he did in the cinema.
His great triumph there came in the nineties, with the series Pepa and Pepe (1995) from Televisión Española. Forqué had just won his fourth Goya award when he played on television the matriarch of a particular working-class family in this comedy in which he shared the limelight with Tito Valverde (The curator) and Isabel Ordaz (No one lives here) and who witnessed the consecration of some young women María Adánez and Silvia Abascal. His was a caustic humor, in contrast to the comedies of the time, such as Farmacia de Guardia, Family Doctor and Who gives the time .
Verónica Forqué, her life in pictures
The production, Very much in the style of the American Roseanne , she had her then husband Manuel Iborra as director of many of the chapters. He was the one who conceived the project, which it inherited from its American referent until its duration. It was only 25 minutes per episode, something unusual in Spanish television productions at the time. What they did ignore in her were the canned laughter. Probably, for the viewer to decide when to laugh and when to cry in endearing scripts more focused on the misfortunes than on the joys of its protagonists. “Honestly, we did not expect such a large audience because we thought it was not a regular sitcom, but rather bittersweet, ironic, tender, sometimes with a bit pathetic moments,” confessed its main interpreter a few weeks after its premiere.
Despite the inspirations, Pepa and Pepe had a marked local identity, as the melody of Suspiros de España progressed in your header. La Pepa de Forqué, even being eccentric, had a lot of the mothers of the viewers. It lasted just two seasons and 34 episodes on air, but it was a huge popularity blow for the actress. Some of its broadcasts reached audiences that exceeded seven million viewers and 40% screen share. Those are unthinkable numbers even for the successful celebrity culinary contest he had just entered before his death. In fact, fiction said goodbye being the leader in its time slot, ending with an open ending. Forqué considered that it was the opportune moment to retire. “It is not convenient to tire the audience,” he said then.
The formula for success
It was on television where the Madrilenian found her first relevant role, in the series Silence, we release (1974). With Pilar Miró directing and Adolfo Marsillach in the script, the production showed the inner universe of a theatrical company. Later, the actress participated in several of the televised plays of the mythical Estudio 1 and in the series Ramón y Cajal (1982), Biography of the Nobel Prize in 10 episodes directed by his father, José María Forqué, and which is one of the jewels of the Spanish Television archive.
The actress tried to repeat the formula for the success of Pepa and Pepe with her husband Manuel Iborra, whom she divorced in 2014, with La vida de Rita (2003), also on the chain public, but the bet barely lasted five episodes in broadcast. Later, La que se avecina claimed its comic vision at a time, between 2014 and 2015, in which Forqué no longer appeared so often on screen.
From that moment, he returned to chain projects on television, such as the Netflix movie Christmas Days and with sporadic appearances in the serial Amar It is forever and in the black comedy Ladies of the (h) AMPA . Pending release is the movie A thousand kilometers from Christmas , also for Netflix and which can be seen from December 24. And, already in 2022, will arrive Pobre diablo , the first animation series for adults from HBO Max, created and written by Miguel Esteban, Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla, co-written by Helena Pozuelo and in which the interpreter was giving voice to one of the characters. The project has remained unfinished.
Her intervention throughout 2021 in MasterChef Celebrity 6 made her a constant trend in social networks and one of the television characters of this year. After many controversies with the team members and her colleagues, due to the usual state of nervousness that she showed in competition, she herself preferred to leave at the gates of the final of the contest. He claimed his low mood not to continue. And, as in Pepa and Pepe , he decided to stop early. “I'm so-so. I need to rest. In the last test I was exhausted. I'm not throwing in the towel. But this time you have to be humble and say 'I can't take it anymore,' he told the program's judges in his last minutes on screen. He said goodbye to his fellow adventurers and also to the audience.
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