Andrea Palma became the first diva of Mexican cinema, when she appeared in the tragic leading role of Rosario, the prostitute of The Woman of the Port (1934), one of the iconic films of the "cine de pecadoras" genre that became a staple in the Mexican film industry. Andrea was the daughter of Julio Bracho Zuloaga, a wealthy land and textile factory owner who lost all his possessions during the Mexican revolution. Mr. Bracho moved his family to Mexico City, where Andrea became interested in theater during her school years, and later in fashion and hat design. She entered the hat business in the early 1920s and opened her own shop, called Casa Andrea (from where she took her first name as an actress, adding the last name of one of her clients, the elegant Mrs. Palma.) Known in the theater world, she had her first opportunity replacing her friend Isabela Corona when the actress gave birth to a child. She closed the shop and remained with the theater company and traveled to the United States, where she stayed until the early 1930s, helped by a young and struggling Cecil Kellaway, having small roles in the films of her cousins Dolores del Rio and Ramon Novarro and as hat and make-up consultant for Marlene Dietrich, when the German diva arrived in Hollywood. When she was called from Mexico and offered the part of Rosario, it was Dietrich's style that inspired her in creating her character. The languid, stylized and slim figure of Rosario stood out in a milieu of drunken sailors and ordinary prostitutes. The Woman of the Port (1934) became an instant success and Andrea Palma became a superstar, practically out of nowhere. In the succeeding years, she was much in demand: her next movie was completely opposite to Rosario, playing the famous 17th century poet, playwright and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; she returned to Hollywood to make two "Latin film", took a four-year break doing theater and in 1943 she was directed by her brother Julio Bracho in the classic melodrama Another Dawn (1943). She played Julieta, a frustrated wife during the day and a prostitute during the night, and it is considered by many the best role and film in her career. After other movies, including a Tarzan vehicle, starring Johnny Weissmuller, in which she played the mother of actress Linda Christian, Andrea went to Spain to perform in a play and during rehearsals she met actor 'Enrique Díaz 'Indiano'' who became her only husband. When Andrea returned to Mexico, she was no longer considered a young leading lady and became specialized in character roles. In the 1950s she was in two classic "pecadoras" productions and huge commercial successes starring Cuban superstar Ninón Sevilla and directed by Alberto Gout, playing a mean brothel owner in The Adventuress (1950) and a suffering wife in Sensualidad (1951); and she worked with Luis Buñuel in The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955). Although she worked in the Mexican film industry until the 70s, Andrea Palma concentrated in television and theater since the late 1950s, including her weekly appearance as hostess of the popular series "La novela semanal", based on literature classics, until her retirement in 1979 due to illness. Her last role was besides her niece and goddaughter Diana Bracho in the series Ángel Guerra (1979).