look-alikes: Carmen Polo

Carmen Polo

María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdés, 1st Lady of Meirás, Grandee of Spain (1900–1988) was the wife of General Francisco Franco. Known as ‘La Señora’, she played an important role in her husband’s regime, playing an especially major role in the election of Carlos Arias Navarro (when her husband was already ill) and in censoring the press. She was, undoubtedly, the most influential woman in the Franco regime.

On the death of her husband King Juan Carlos I gave Polo the hereditary title Señora de Meirás (Lady of Meirás), named after the Franco’s summer residence. She was also given the accompanying dignity Grande de España (Grandee of Spain). The title and dignity were inherited by her grandson Francisco Franco (who also became Marquis of Villaverde after the death of his father).

The movies & TV shows

Lo que escondían sus ojos (2016): This Spanish mini-series featured Pepa Aniorte as Carmen Polo. According to IMDb Mara Collazo & Elena Cuevas were the makeup and hair artists.

Carta a Eva (2012): Featuring Ana Torrent. Coming soon …

La duquesa  (2010): Featuring Teresa Arbolí. Coming soon …