Spanish actress Amparo Soler Leal dies

Barcelona, Oct 25 (EFE).- Actress Amparo Soler Leal has died in Barcelona, the Film Academy said Friday. She was 80.

A spokesperson for the Aisge society told Efe that the actress had been in a fragile state of health for some time.

Even so, several weeks ago her secretary helped her answer an interview in writing to Aisge, which protects the intellectual property rights of actors. This was possibly the last interview she gave, the spokesperson said.

Born in Madrid in 1933, Amparo Soler, who has lived in Barcelona for years, was a popular actress of stage and screen.

She was known above all for her movies under the direction of Luis Garcia Berlanga, though she worked as well with such other leading directors as Luis Buñuel, Jose Maria Forque, Pedro Olea, Jaime de Armiñan, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Pilar Miro and Pedro Almodovar.

Soler Leal scored her first big success at the Maria Guerrero National Theater with "Historias de una Casa" by Joaquin Calvo Sotelo, and later formed the Realist Theater group, with which she starred in works by Pirandello, Muñiz and Sartre.

With Garcia Berlanga she did "Placido" in 1961 and "La Escopeta Nacional" in 1978, continuing with that director up to "Patrimonio Nacional" in 1980 and "Nacional III" in 1982.

She wed Adolfo Marsillach but later obtained a church annulment of their marriage, and in 1969 tied the knot with producer Alfredo Matas.