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Born Luz Maria Cavazos in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, she moved with her family to Guadalajara when she was 7 years old. At the age of 15 she was bitten by the acting bug, which led her to join a theater group while still finishing her high school years. At 19 she moved to Mexico City to study drama at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) where she learned from teachers Luis de Tavira, Jose Caballero and Ludvik Margules. During her last year in school she auditioned for the role of Tita in Alfonso Arau's "Like Water for Chocolate", which would eventually give her international acclaim and recognition around the globe receiving the Best Actress Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. This led her to pursue a more diverse career in cinema in the U.S., leaving her theater career on hold for a few years, while she was working in independent films such as Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket" co-starring Owen and Luke Wilson, Allison Anders' "Sugar Town", Showtime's "In the Time of the Butterflies" with Salma Hayek and Edward James Olmos, among many others. While still maintaining her interest in American cinema, she relocated to Mexico City where she is working on film and theater productions. Her last credits include "Las Buenrostro", "Atlético San Pancho" and the critically acclaimed short film "Entre Dos". Currently she's preparing for an international co-production, due to be shot at the end of 2005 in South America.