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Lyn May

Film actress

Lyn May smiling and wearing make-up

Movies and TV shows
Tivoli, Los cargadores, Vamos al baile, Sexos en guerra

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December 12, 1952 (age 68) Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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Liliana Mendiola Mayanes (born in Acapulco, Guerrero), in 1952), better known by her stage name Lyn May, is a Mexican vedette, actress and dancer. She was one of the most popular Mexican vedettes during the 1970s and 1980s, a popular sex symbol and one of the main stars of the called Ficheras film.


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Early years

Lyn May smiling and wearing sexy black see through long sleeves

She was born in Acapulco, Mexico in 1952. She is the granddaughter of a Chinese immigrant. During her childhood, Liliana helped with the economy of the house by selling souvenirs to tourists. Eventually she worked as a waitress in a restaurant. There, she met her first husband; A Mexican sailor, with whom he settled in Mexico City. After five years of relationship and procreation of two daughters, Liliana separated from her husband alleging physical violence and sexual abuse.


Lyn May smiling and wearing shades and orange dress

Back in Acapulco, Liliana began to work in the cabaret "El Zorro", as a dancer. Eventually she worked at the Tropicana cabaret in Acapulco, where she alternated with the popular Mexican comedian Germán Valdés "Tin Tan". After her successful season with Tin Tan, Liliana traveled to Mexico City, where television presenter Raul Velasco hired her as a dancer in the program Siempre en Domingo. There, she joined the program's ballet, headed by the popular vedette Olga Breeskin. In the TV show, Liliana learned, with a professional instructor, to dance tribal, Hawaiian and Tahitian dances.

Lyn May smiling and wearing make-up

In 1970, Liliana was contracted by the businessman Enrique Lombardini, who at that time managed the Teatro Esperanza Iris. However, the young dancer was not prepared for the kind of burlesque shows that were taking place in the city theater. According to Lyn May, the first day she stepped on the stage of the Teatro Iris, she was heavily booed by attendees, who, accustomed to the artistic nudes of vedettes like Gloriella and Cleopatra, failed the musical number of the young aspirant to vedette.

On the left is Lyn May while smiling and on the right is the Jigsaw mask

After battling for a week at the Teatro Iris, Liliana performed her first nude, causing a furor among the male audience. Lombardini baptized her with the pseudonym "Lyn May: The Goddess of Love." As a vedette, Lyn May included singing to her shows in nightclubs and cabarets.

On the left Lyn May' hands on the back of her head and wearing red top while on the right is Lyn May looking afar and smiling

She had a long stay at the Teatro Blanquita in Mexico City. In 1975, filmmaker Alberto Isaac chose Lyn as one of the main protagonists of the famous film Tívoli, which portrays with nostalgia the nocturnal atmosphere of Mexico City in the 1940s and 1950s. From the success of the film, Lyn is fully incorporated into Mexican Cinema, particularly the genre known as Ficheras film of the 1970s and 1980s. But in the late 1980s, this film genre lost popularity, forcing May to retire from the stage. In 1991, she participated in the telenovela Yo no creo en los hombres, produced by Televisa.

On the left is Lyn May with black hair and bangs while on the right is Lyn May smiling and wearing black see through long sleeves

In 1998, May's career resurfaced after participating in the video clip of the song Mr. P. Mosh of Mexican rock band Plastilina Mosh. She also frequently appears as a guest on the Univision television show El Gordo y La Flaca. In 2016 also appeared in a videoclip of the song Si tu me quisieras, of the Chilean singer Mon Laferte.

She currently works as a Tahitian dance instructor at the Plaza Caribe Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. She also has presentations on weekends in the bar of the same establishment.

In 2016, Lyn, along with other vedettes like Olga Breeskin, Rossy Mendoza, Wanda Seux and Princesa Yamal, stars in the documentary film Beauties of the Night, by the filmmaker María José Cuevas.

Personal life

During the peak of her career, she was involved with important politicians and business leaders. May has said she had an affair with a former President of Mexico, but did not name him. The President is speculated to be José López Portillo, who also had an affair with, and later married actress Sasha Montenegro. May was in a ten year relationship with film producer Guillermo Calderón.

Shortly after ending things with Calderón, May married businessman Antonio Chi Su. The couple opened a Chinese restaurant on Avenida Bucareli in Mexico City. Chi Su was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and died in 2008.

Plastic surgery

Various media outlets made a point of the significant changes May's facial features underwent through her career. May has said that she received shots of what she later learned was baby oil from a woman who claimed it would help her keep a youthful appearance. No negative side effects were felt in the short term, but the procedure eventually resulted in serious abscess in her face. May had to go through multiple surgeries to remove the foreign material. At one point, she contemplated suicide as a result of the physical pain and what she felt were excessive tabloids on her condition.

Selected filmography

  • Carnival Nights (1978)
  • The Loving Ones (1979)
  • Spicy Chile (1983)
  • Beauties of the Night (documentary) (2016)
  • References

    Lyn May Wikipedia

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