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How did The Valet actress Carmen Salinas die? Tribute explained

Chris Weston May 24, 2022

There are plenty of remakes that are worth your time.

In fact, there are plenty of movies you’ve enjoyed that you may not have even known are remakes.

One of the latest to sweep audiences up is the American rom-com The Valet.

Directed by Richard Wong, it’s a remake of the 2006 French film of the same name. It focuses its lens on a parking valet (played by Eugenio Derbez) who is hired to date an actress named Olivia (Samara Weaving) in hopes of covering up a scandalous affair.

Fans have found much to admire in the movie, including a touching tribute to a beloved actress. For those that aren’t aware of the details of her death, some are wondering how The Valet’s Carmen Salinas died…

still from The Valet trailer, Hulu

How did The Valet’s Carmen Salinas die?

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Carmen Salinas suffered a stroke in November 2021, putting her into a coma.

Tragically, she never came out of the coma and died on December 9th of that year in Mexico City. She was 82-years-old and is survived by her daughter, María Eugenia, and her grandchildren.

Her relatives announced the unfortunate news on the star’s Twitter page at the time.

In The Valet, she plays Cecilia, Antonio’s mother, who also passes away in the film. The filmmakers pay tribute to the actress in a heartfelt, respectful manner through this.

During the funeral scene, they actually use a photo of Carmen Salinas when she was younger.

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‘I definitely think it is one of her best’

During a recent interview with Remezcla, the central star of The Valet Eugenio Derbez opened up about what it was like to work with the beloved actress on her last movie:

“I feel blessed to be a part of this movie that happens to be the last movie that Carmen Salinas did in her life. It’s a pity that she was not able to watch the finished movie. We built a great relationship. I definitely think it is one of her best performances.”

While The Valet will be remembered as a sweet rom-com, it’s arguable that many of Carmen’s fans will remember the movie as a loving send-off and tribute to a truly remarkable talent.

Looking across her career, she starred in over 100 movies and was similarly prolific in the realms of theatre and telenovelas.

Fans are paying their respects

In the wake of Carmen Salinas’ wonderful performance in The Valet, audiences have been encouraged to pay their respects and cherish the actress on Twitter.

It’s clear that she’s missed dearly. Check out a selection of tweets:

The Valet is now streaming on Hulu.

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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.