The actress Pilar Bardem died this Saturday at the age of 82 in Madrid, as confirmed by the family in a statement. “We want to share the news that our mother, our example, has passed away. She has left in peace, without suffering and surrounded by the love of her loved ones ”, her children Carlos, Mónica and Javier have written in the note. The interpreter was admitted to the Ruber clinic, in Madrid, due to a lung disease. “We know of the affection and admiration that many people felt for her, inside and outside of Spain, for the actress and the fighter and always supportive person that she was. We are grateful with all our hearts for that love for our mother ”. The family wants their farewell to be in the strictest privacy.
In more than 50 years of professional career, the actress participated in more than 80 films, 43 plays (she crawled before learning to walk through the Infanta Isabel theater in Madrid, where her father, Rafael Bardem, was the leading actor) and 31 television series. In 1995 he obtained the Goya award for best supporting actress for his work in No one will talk about us when we are deadby Agustín Díaz Yanes.
Bardem was born in Seville in 1939, heir to a long and illustrious line of artists. Although his relationship with his brother, the filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem and his nephew, the screenwriter, always stands out. Miguel Bardem Aguado, and, above all, because she is the mother of Carlos, Mónica and the internationally known Javier Bardem, as well as the mother-in-law of the actress Penelope Cruz, whom she always affectionately called “the girl”, we must not forget that Bardem, (as she has always been called in show business), she was a member of a long and illustrious saga of artists by her father, Rafael Bardem, and her mother, the great actress Matilde Muñoz Sampedro.
Despite being a heavy smoker for years and diagnosed with lung cancer, Bardem has been at the bottom of the canyon, one way or another, to the end. He began in the cinema in the mid-sixties and worked with directors such as Fernando Fernán Gómez in The world goes on. From the eighties, after his time on television in Study 1, did series like The joys and shadows Y Lorca, death of a poet. It will be in the nineties, after three decades without rest, when his career will live a new rise after winning the goya for his role in the film by Díaz Yanes. I participate in Airbag, by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, The ages of Lulu, by Bigas Luna, Aspen meatby Pedro Almodóvar. On television, he participated in Sisters Y Open 24 hours, among other projects.
Pilar Bardem: they will talk about her
The filmmaker Agustín Díaz Yanes remembers the recently deceased actress, whom he directed in the film that earned the interpreter a Goya.
She is one of the few professionals on the scene, and perhaps the only one, who for more than six decades has fought tirelessly and not silently for the union rights of her fellow workers, to the point that she is remembered as a one of the biggest drivers when it comes to getting them to stop doing two daily functions. That work was increased when it was elected president of AISGE (Artists, interpreters, Management Society) position she held from 2002 to 2018, although she was still involved in that organization from which numerous projects were promoted to improve the situation of these professionals.
Funny, ironic and if it was necessary biting and foul-mouthed, she did not hesitate to champion the movement of Not to the war, at the time when the government of José María Aznar involved Spain in the Iraq war, as well as other causes in which she firmly believed, such as her fight against sexist violence, of which she herself was a victim in her marriage , of which he did not like to talk or remember; It was a stage that he always wanted to erase despite the fact that it was the one that gave him what most interested him in his life: his children. In 2017, she was awarded the Cinema, Aid and Solidarity Award, which was awarded for the first time by the Film Academy with the aim of promoting and annually recognizing the solidarity actions and humanitarian values of filmmakers.
Last November he wrote a letter to the AISGE (now it was the visible face of his foundation), in which he addressed his fellow members of the union. “I have ever commented that I feel like an actress almost from the same day I came into the world, a year or so ago. Or, if we want to de-emphasize the matter a bit, since I can remember. I adore this profession with all my strength, I am proud to have left my mark on it whenever circumstances have allowed it ”, he began. “I can only confess, for those who want to read it, that my children, my trade and commitment to society and the causes that I consider just have been and are my life,” he continued in reference to his three children, in a letter that was already advancing a goodbye.
Despite his precarious state of health, Bardem, until a few days ago, maintained an intense social activity through his WhatsApp, with numerous friends, either individually, or as a member of several groups in which he followed not only the present, but always collaborated and requested help to stand beside just causes, while knowing how to share affection and tenderness with his closest people.
“Crises, bad rulers, even the most diabolical microorganisms can bend, sooner or later. Art, on the other hand, no. Art is indestructible because it is an inherent part of our nature as living beings ”, he said during the ceremony in which the 30th anniversary of the AISGE was celebrated, in the midst of the pandemic.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.