Tuesday, July 6, 2010



Google kindly let me know that it is Frieda Kahlo's Birthday today. She was born in 1907, but Kahlo claimed that she was born in 1910 so people would directly associate her with the revolution which began in 1910. In her writings, she stated that she recalled that her mother would usher her and her sisters inside the house as gunfire echoed in the streets of her hometown. She was a strong, independent artist, with political passion and unstoppable physical endurance.
She married Diego Rivera in 1929. Kahlo and Rivera both had fiery temperaments and both had numerous extramarital affairs. The open bisexual Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including Josephine Baker. Rivera knew of and tolerated her relationships with women, but her relationships with men made him jealous. For her part, Kahlo was furious when she learned that Rivera had an affair with her younger sister, Cristina. The couple eventually divorced in November 1939, but remarried in December 1940. Their second marriage was as turbulent as the first. Their living quarters often were separate, although sometimes adjacent.

The movie hat is based in her biography is fantastic! Maybe I will watch it today as a birthday celebration. Salma Hayek is one of my all time favorite actors. She is super sexy, smart, funny and a mother (at age 41).

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