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Jan 15, 2010, 2:34 PM

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Model expat, matadora Patricia Hayes, dies at 78

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Patricia Hayes Franklin, who died yesterday in Odessa, Texas, like so many of us first came to Mexico on a whim... as a college girl in 1953, visiting her sister in Del Rio and crossing into Ciudad Acuña to watch a bull fight. Pat Hayes threw up her conventional life in Texas to move to Mexico and became the "Grace Kelly of the Bullring" in the 1950s and 60s. Her biggest fight was not with the bulls, but with the matadors' union, which didn't offer women's health insurance at the time. Hayes was the first woman to join the union (and -- under special rules -- was a non-voting member) making her not just a role-model for those expats who seek to embrace a Mexican life, but for women who pursue a non-traditional lifestyle.

Though the publisher I work for here (Editorial Mazatlán), I was in contact with her niece, hoping to get out a small book on Hayes and another U.S. born matadora, Patricia McCormick. Right now I'm trying to find a woman writer (not sexism, but understanding guys don't have the same feel for what these two, as foreigners and as women, would have considered vital to them) -- possibly Hayes' media-saavy niece.

My own inadequate appreciation is here.


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