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Luis Miguel Dominguin
Birth: Nov. 9, 1926
Madrid
Provincia de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
Death: May 8, 1996

Matador. A noted torero for around 30 years who killed roughly 2,300 bulls, he is remembered as one of the two protagonists of Ernest Hemingway's posthumously-published "The Dangerous Summer". Born Luis Miguel Gonzalez Lucas, he was the son of matador Domingo Dominguin whose name he used professionally. Trained in his art from the time he was a toddler, he made his debut in the ring at 11, killed his first bull at 14, and developed a flamboyant style that involved kneeling before bulls, turning his back to them, and sometimes kissing them on the head right before the coup de grace. A somewhat arrogant man who once described a bullfight as "...ten minutes for play and ten for business. In 20 minutes he is dead. I, Dominguin, guarantee it", he gained both reputation and wealth fighting bulls throughout Spain and Portugal as well as in South America. Dominguin "retired" multiple times and in the mid 1950s, perhaps encouraged by either his Italian actress wife Lucia Bose or by some of his multiple girlfriends (inculding Ava Gardner when she was still married to Frank Sinatra) even considered a career in Hollywood. In 1959 the legendary Ernest Hemingway, respectfully called Don Ernesto in Spain, contracted with "Life" magazine to write a series of articles on bullfighting, possibly as a sequel to his 1932 classic "Death in the Afternoon". The pieces were to center around a press manufactured rivalry between Domingun and his young brother-in-law Antonio Ordonez (1932-1998), son of bullfighter Cayetano Ordonez, a situation used to bolster attendance and partially analagous to the "feuds" of American television wrestling. Hemingway openly favored Ordonez, though he was to maintain friendship with and respect for Dominguin despite his opinion that the older matador may have occasionally been using "doctored" bulls, animals that were either overweight, too young, or had had their horns shaved to make them tender, and that he engaged in "tricks", moves that look more dangerous to the crowd than they actually are. (Dominguin for his part liked Hemingway, but considered his knowledge of bulls deficient, and stated that any antipathy between himself and Ordonez was media fiction). The 'dangerous summer' began in May of 1959 and and was indeed dangerous, often seeing both matadors on the same card, each trying to outdo the other in crowd pleasing moves. Ordonez, in fact, sometimes killed his bull recibiendo, a rare and most hazardous technique that calls for the fighter to let the bull charge him then use the animal's own force to drive in the sword. As tension and publicity mounted, both men earned multiple ears, tails, and even hooves; Ordonez suffered multiple minor cornadas (horn wounds) and Dominguin two major ones, the last, at Bilabo, ending the campaign and resulting in yet another retirement. In 1961 he authored the preface for a collection of bullfighting paintings by his friend Pablo Picasso and over the years raised bulls on his ranch in Andalucia. Dominguin's personal life was turbulent; his marriage to Bose began to fall apart as soon as the pair learned each other's languages and could understand the mutual insults. In addition to Ava, his name was linked with those of Brigette Bardot, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and others, while Czech actress Miroslava Sternova was holding a photo of him when she committed suicide in 1955. In 1971 he again returned to the bull ring wearing costumes designed by Picasso; though still effective against less than ideal bulls he received mixed reviews and quit for good following a final corrida in Barcelona on September 12, 1973. In later years he remained a rancher while frequently entertaining visitors with tales of his years in the public eye; he died of heart failure. Hemingway's notes, the originals of which are in the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, yielded three 1960 "Life" articles, and in 1985 were edited and published as "The Dangerous Summer", with a long foreward by James Michener. "Death in the Afternoon" remains the definitive work on bullfighting not written in Spanish and has been in print continually since 1932. As for Ordonez, with time he became overweight and a mediocre performer, events Papa Hemingway did not live to see, though Michener did relate them. Dominguin once tried to describe the fascination of his sport: "It is like being with the woman who pleases you most in the world when her husband comes in with a pistol. The bull is the woman, the husband, and the pistol, all in one. No other life I know can give you all that". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Cementerio San Enrique de Guadiaro
Provincia de Cádiz
Andalucia, Spain
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jan 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63954792
Luis Miguel Dominguin
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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