Rodolfo Bebán, the actor that Mirtha Legrand wanted to interview and always rejected her: "Surely, he didn't like me"

Rodolfo Beban, the legendary Argentine film, theater and television actor, He died this Saturday night, at the age of 84., and left an immeasurable legacy. Heartthrob of the screen and the stages, the native of the Buenos Aires town of Ciudadela never got along very well with the media and He always rejected the invitation to lunch on Mirtha Legrand's program.

This was revealed by the diva in 2020, in dialogue with the magazine HELLO! Argentina. That year, Legrand opened the doors of his apartment and told some intimacies of his life. From the details of the 2019 abdominal surgery, to her relationship with her sister Goldy (Silvia, who would die months after the interview), her vision of feminism and the memories of decades leading her program.

Rodolfo Bebán died this Saturday night, at the age of 84 (Photo: LA NACION)silvana colombo - THE NATION

Was there someone, in these more than fifty years of lunches, that you never managed to sit at your table?”, asked the journalist. And the driver's response surprised several. “Rudolph Beban. I never knew why”, Legrand said and revealed: “When Daniel (Tinayre, her husband) died, who replaced me (Alejandro) Romay as host, he went to the program. Surely he had no sympathy for me”, reflected the diva of the lunches.

Having lunch with Mirtha Legrand It began to air in 1968 and only in 1994, following the death of her husband, the driver was absent from the cycle for the first time. Romay, general director of Channel 9, took charge of the space with a special program called Waiting for Martha. Y Bebán, who at that time played the character of Marco in the telenovela Mark, the candidate (broadcast through that same channel) was one of the many diners who sat at the table while the diva mourned.

Having lunch with Mirtha Legrand began to air in 1968, and only in 1994 was the driver absent from the cycle for the first time, following the death of her husband, Daniel Tinayre (Photo: File)
Having lunch with Mirtha Legrand began to air in 1968, and only in 1994 was the driver absent from the cycle for the first time, following the death of her husband, Daniel Tinayre (Photo: File) Tito La Penna - Telam

In an interview with THE NATION from 2014regarding his return to television as Antonio Colucci, the father of the protagonist in the telenovela road to love (Telefe), Bebán acknowledged his reluctance towards the media. “I think it's because of shyness. The way popularity came to my career left me with some sequels. It was something very fast, since I was very young, and that made me stop doing some things that I liked”, explained the actor.

And he gave more details about it: “Go dancing, for example. I love to dance tango. As a young woman, she enjoyed it very much. But when you become known, people start to point out: 'Look, that's so-and-so on TV'. And it is no longer so comfortable or so pleasant to go to a public place to dance. It's one thing to be someone from the crowd and another to make firules when everyone is looking at you ".

Rodolfo Bebán: "The way popularity came to my career left me with some consequences" (Photo: LA NACION)silvana colombo - THE NATION

Not attending journalistic programs, does it have to do only with that?”, asked the journalist. And the artist assured: "Nope. It also has to do with the fact that I am not interested in lending myself to any media game or going to give an opinion on anything. That is not part of my way of being. I do not judge those who do it, but I do not lend myself”.

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