Sandra Mozarowsky. The strange death of the actress who continues to haunt Juan Carlos – Observer


In 1977 a young actress, five months pregnant, lost her life when she fell from the balcony of her home. The fall of the fourth floor, on August 23, left Sandra Mozarowsky in a coma for 22 days and, in the end, died when she was about to turn 19. More than 40 years after the episode, rumors of a possible connection between the actress and the current emeritus king of Spain remain, although there is no evidence, as well as doubts surrounding Mozarowsky’s mysterious death and an eventual implication of Juan Carlos.

Also in 1977, Juan Carlos had assumed the leadership of the state not even two years ago following the death of dictator Franco. Spain was gradually opening up in search of freedom, with changes also being felt in the cultural sector, in particular in the universe of cinema with the explosion of a new genre, the “uncapped cinema”, marked by sensuality and by the eroticism of the films, in which it was common for women to undress. The context helps to explain the fame of Mozarowsky, who became one of the most well-known names in this industry, despite having died at the age of 18.

Daughter of a Russian father and a Spanish mother, the “strange” accident, as the Spanish press reports, made headlines in magazines and newspapers of the time, with the subject coming up again more than four decades later for different reasons: either because Spanish writer Lucía Etxebarria dedicated some tweets to the subject, either because the controversial journalist Javier Bleda is preparing a book on this story, with the name “Su Majestad Sandra Mozarowsky: la reina rota del cine español”. This is at a time when scandals are still biting the emeritus king’s heels.

On Twitter, Etxebarria lists some of the ideas that allowed rumors about the case not to fall into oblivion: that in Madrid circles the young actress “was closely related” to Juan Carlos and that the autopsy on the body disappeared “mysteriously”. La Razon recalls that before Lucía Etxebarria, other writers devoted themselves to the theme, including Clara Usón with the work “The Timid Assassin”, and Andrew Morton, the official biographer of Lady Di, who refers to the young woman in the book “Ladies of Spain ”.

According to the aforementioned publication, the suicide hypothesis was never confirmed since the autopsy disappeared “mysteriously” from the police files, even though the investigation concluded that the fall of the fourth floor, in the apartment where Sandra lived in Madrid, resulted “In a provoked and desired death”. The idea that the actress took her own life was challenged by friends and family. The alleged connection to Juan Carlos helped the proliferation of rumors that continue today.

A month before her death, Sandra gave an interview to a Spanish magazine during which she hid the pregnancy and in which she addressed the end of the relationship with a Mexican actor, in addition to the fact that she wanted to abandon the genre of films where she used to appear. To the interviewer, the young actress who had so far participated in 21 titles, let the lament escape: “They only offer me roles in which I have to undress”. In that same interview, he made it clear that he wanted to go to London to study acting: “I want to prepare, continue to do what I like best, which is cinema… I don’t want to be an object (…) I want to become an actress and not just have to show a body. They won’t see a sexy picture of me again ”.

As El Español points out, the fact that Sandra was allegedly involved with Juan Carlos, together with the rumor that she had intentions of venting the case to an Italian magazine, sparked more than four decades of rumors, although there was never enough evidence to support them.


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