Controversial, revolutionary, shameless and very controversial. This is how many of his followers defined Carmen de Mairena. His death this Sunday at age 86 from natural causes has caught everyone by surprise. And is that the transformista and cupletista who always defended the rights of the LGTBI collective, left its mark also in the world of TV.
It is worth remembering how
by the hand of
Xavier Sardà Y Javier Cárdenas They launched Mairena to stardom with their somewhat geeky reports. His direct and sometimes rude language made the audience laugh. Their are numerous appearances on television but here we summarize the most unforgettable.
Born in Barcelona in 1933 as Miguel Brau Gou, before becoming Carmen de Mairena, achieved some renown as a variety artist under the stage name of Miguel de Mairena. It was in the early nineties when the transformista was nearing her sixties when her fame began. Your toparitions with Javier Cárdenas in the program Attack, by Alfonso Arús (1992-1993), in Força Barça (1994-1998) or in Martian Chronicles, by Javier Sardà (1997-2005), made her an LGTBI icon.
“What is the course to link here”, with that phrase Carmen de Mairena made an appearance in one of the missing person’s sketches Força Barça where Alfonso Arús played the presenter Jesús Puente. At that moment, Puente fell at the feet of a voluptuous Mairena with a blonde wig.
Although it was in Martian Chronicles and from the hand of Javier Cárdenas where his overwhelming personality took its toll. His provocative comments and obscene gestures (including showing her breasts on camera without any fuss) made the reports that were broadcast on Telecinco were the most viewed.
It is worth remembering, for example, when Cárdenas and Mairena got into a fight inside a car; when he went out to do sports dressed in tracksuit or doing “scuba diving”; even going on a cruise and doing ‘The Gorilla Dance’ while kissing the current host of Europa FM. Apparitions that are already part of television history.