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Conchita Cintrón – Your Gal Friday

Today we are talking about a gal who defied a dictator, faced down death, and became a Goddess to all those who saw her in the ring. Bullfighting has been described over the centuries as indefensible and irresistible. It’s with that polarity in mind that we look at the life lessons we can learn from your gal, Conchita Cintrón.

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Show Notes & Extra’s:

  • Where Conchita grew up
  • Riding horses at the age of 3, bullfighting training at age 11
  • Origins of bullfighting – Celtiberians & the Games of Baetica
  • Festivals and rituals since 200 BCE
“Bull-Leaping Fresco” from around 1500 BCE, Creative Commons
  • How Rejoneo, Portuguese style bullfighting, is laid out
  • How Spanish and Mexican bullfighting is different
  • The question of is there still something to learn from bullfighting if you disagree with the killing of animals for sport/ritual/cultural heritage
  • Conchita’s training

conchita headshot

  • Performing at the age of 12 as a Rejoneo
  • Performing at the age of 15 as a Matadora
  • 1938 Mexico City performance that wow’d the crowd and the critics
  • Conchita’s response to those who didn’t morally agree with bullfighting
  • Deaths and injuries


  • The bull that nearly killed her
  • The struggle to get her feet on the ring in Spain
  • Asking Presidente Francisco Franco to finish the bull on foot and being told no.
  • What Orson Welles said on Conchita’s legendary 1949 appearance
  • Conchita’s marriage, kids, and settling in Portugal
Still from the film Maravilla Del Toreo starring Pepe Ortiz, Florencio Castello, Conchita Cintrón & Pituka De Foronda. Directed by Raphael J. Sevilla in 1943.
Vogue 1968
Photo by Henry Clarke for Vogue 1968 Getty Images
  • Awards
  • Her heart attack in Lisbon in 2009. She was 86 years old.
  • Phoebe & Leah talk about what legacy Conchita left behind
  • Leah proposes to think of life as a bull ring, and life’s problems – the bull

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Your Gal Friday is a weekly podcast about female leaders, innovators and rule breakers.  Your hosts, Dr. Leah Leach & Ms. Phoebe Frear, talk about the life and legacy about a gal as well as what they have learned from her.

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