Star of Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Kika’ Veronica Forgue found dead in Madrid

Spanish actress Veronica Forque, who starred in Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar’s dark comedy Kika, has been found dead Monday at her Madrid home after taking her own life, police said.

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Forque, who turned 66 on 1 December, was one of Spain’s most popular actresses during the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in many comedies.

“She committed suicide at her home,” a police spokesman told AFP without giving further details.

She won the best actress prize in 1994 at the Goya Awards, Spain’s top film honours, for her role in Kika as a young make-up artist who starts a relationship with the stepson of a philandering American writer.

Forque also appeared in Almodovar’s 1984 film What Have I Done to Deserve This?, his first movie to be released theatrically in the United States, and his 1986 Matador.

Rest in peace Veronica Forque (1955-2021), one of the great Spanish actresses of film, theater and television, who worked with directors like Fernando Colomo, Luis G. Berlanga and Pedro Almodovar in films like ‘What have I done to deserve this?’, ‘Matador’, and ‘Kika’.

— Lost In Film (@LostInFilm) December 13, 2021


Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who appeared in Matador alongside her, expressed his condolences on Twitter.

“Goodbye Veronica Forque. I worked with her several years ago and I remember a sweet, spiritual woman and a very good work colleague,” he wrote shortly after news of her death broke.

The daughter of a director and a writer, Forque began her studies in psychology but ultimately switched to drama.

She worked with “some of the most important directors in Spanish cinema,” including Luis Garcia Berlanga and Antonio Mercero, in addition to Almodovar, according to the Spanish culture ministry’s website.

Forque also appeared in theatres and on television, most recently in the celebrity edition of the Spanish version of the cooking competition MasterChef Celebrity.

Adiós a Verónica Forqué. Trabajé hace años con ella y mi recuerdo es el de una mujer dulce, espiritual y buena compañera.


— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) December 13, 2021

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