If having a full life means enjoying all the possibilities and spectacles that the wide world offers, without a doubt Carmen Cervera (Sitges, 1943) has had it. Miss Spain in 1961, Tarzan’s wife, widow at 30, swindled by a ‘playboy’, single mother, baroness consort, patron of the arts and tarot reader in her spare time, many considered her amortized after turning 80, but Tita dares with everything and anyone. The last to verify this was the journalist Nieves Herrero, who found out from ‘Espejo Público’, from Antena 3, that the Baroness stood her up in what was initially a biographical work authorized by her. “I am writing it by myself. That way it will look more like me and my way of being & rdquor ;, resolved Carmen Cervera, fond of documenting her life in her personal diaries. The protagonist did not recognize herself in those dialogues of hers and of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza that Nieves Herrero recreates, in which he calls her “my darling” after dancing cheek-to-cheek classic film ballads. Nor in that first chapter a la ‘Succession’, with the baron’s children trying to admit him to a psychiatric hospital after waking up from a stroke in 1994 and Carmen Cervera putting her husband on a medicalized plane to take him away on the sly.
It is the fourth time that Carmen Cervera disavows a biography of hers, so this time she will write it in her own handwriting and It will be the basis of a series for which Netflix is already interested. She liked Georgina Rodríguez’s reality show on the platform more than Tamara Falcó’s, which did not quite convince her. Biographical material of her is not lacking. Daughter of a middle-class family at most, her social ascent has been dizzying since she, after being crowned beauty queen in Spain, married Lex Barker in 1965, popular for roles like Tarzan. She lived with him in Los Angeles and revealed her taste for mature men: 24 years her senior, the actor died of a heart attack before turning sixty. Carmen Cervera, a widow in her prime, fell in the arms of the producer and Venezuelan ‘playboy’ Espartaco Santoni, with whom he lived a stormy relationship and ended up ruining it. As icing on the cake, it didn’t take long for him to discover that his marriage was void due to bigamy, since Santoni had never divorced his first wife.
After a few forays into breakout films, Carmen Cervera returned to the front page after giving birth to her only biological son, Alejandro Borja, in 1980, a year before she met the baron when she was invited on a cruise in Sardinia. She even appeared in ‘Interviú’ sunbathing naked while pregnant, in some photos leaked without her permission. “I live with my mother, my son, my dog and my parrot & rdquor ;, tells the book ‘The Baroness’ that Tita Cervera warned Baron Thyssen when she asked him to move in together. He endured the order, recognized Borja as his son – the Cantabrian publicist Manuel Segura was the biological father, it was learned later – and discovered his true vocation as an art collector.
Despite having been the driving force behind the coveted Thyssen collection staying in Spain, Carmen Cervera He has not been granted any title of nobility other than the one he possesses by marriage. They say that the antipathy professed by Queen Sofía, who in intimate circles refers to her as “the courtesan”, has influenced this. After the death of Baron Thyssen, in 2002, Carmen Cervera has led a discreet life, only making headlines for her disagreements with her son Borja after marrying Blanca Cuesta or chaining herself to the trees on the Paseo del Prado to avoid being felled in 2007. She was also talked about again after the surrogate motherhood of her friend Ana Obregón: Carmen Cervera was the mother of two twin girls at the age of 63, the press recalled, there was speculation that her son Borja could be the biological father. Tenacious and intuitive, she is fond of throwing away the tarot cards in those cases where her hunches are not enough.