SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño decreed Tuesday three days of mourning for actress Awilda Carbia, who died over the weekend of respiratory complications. She was 71.
Fortuño said in a press release that the period of mourning will commemorate the artist “who amused us so much” in television programs and theatrical comedies, and described her as “an illustrious Puerto Rican woman.”
Carbia began her acting career at the age of 7 in radio novelas on WKAQ.
With the advent of television, Carbia began working in programs like “Rambler Rendezvous” and the “Show del Mediodia” (Midday Show) by the late producer, director, actor and scriptwriter Tommy Muñiz.
She went on to do comedies like “La Criada Malcriada” (The Naughty Maid), “Esto No Tiene Nombre” (This Is Perfectly Awful), and “Ja, Ja, Ji, Ji, Jo, Jo, con Agrelot” (Ha Ha, Hee Hee, Ho Ho, with Agrelot).
In the 1970s, when a group of actors left Tommy Muñiz Productions to start their own company, Carbia became one of the founders of the Astra artistic project.
Among the other actors in the project was director, producer, actor and scriptwriter Jacoba Morales.
“Awilda, besides having a talent for comedy, was extraordinary at imitating and creating characters. She had a natural talent. She was humble and always eager to learn,” Morales recalled.
While Carbia worked in television programs, she began to produce the “Desconciertos” (Disconcerting) theatrical comedies, which she used fully to present her characterizations and mimicry.
One of her great contributions was the Sunday comedy “En Casa de Juanma and Wiwi” (At Home with Juanma and Wiwi), together with actors Juan Manuel Lebron, Benito Mateo and Rosita Velazquez. EFE