Better known as the lovable and iconic “India Maria,” Maria Elena Velasco was the woman behind the legend. She single-handedly created an empire around her alter ego who charmingly and hilariously wooed legions of Mexicans over the past five decades. Her career spanned to include 23 films in Mexico (most of them featuring La India Maria) and three television series, since 1962. This past Friday, May 1, 2015, she passed away, leaving behind only her impressive body of work and the charismatic magic of her forever timeless India Maria character. May you rest in peace, Maria Elena Velasco. Thank you for the laughs and wonderful memories!