Styling The (Not) Wives Of Pancho Villa: Linda Landeros as Fernanda and Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres

Senora Torres and Fernanda
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia: Here we are at Part Four of Styling The Wives of Pancho Villa, featuring the hilarious comedy duo of Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres…

Isadora O’Boto

Cynthia: … and Linda Landeros as her daughter, Fernanda.

Linda Landeros

Marcy:  Hey!

Cynthia:  What?

Marcy:  Get it straight. Senora Torres and Fernanda are NOT wives of Pancho Villa.

Cynthia:  Righto. That’s Juanita’s (Pancho’s 2nd wife) mom and sister who are in big trouble for trying to steal Pancho’s money. In the play, Pancho has them held prisoners and they have no idea if the socio-path, Rodolfo Fierro, will kill them or not.

They spend the whole time tied up and bickering. It is some of the funniest theatre I have ever seen.

Marcy:  Fernanda is so bad and beautiful and bossy. I want to be just like her.

Cynthia:  If you mean spoiled, bratty, dramatic, and a thief, then you ARE like her.

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia:  Fernanda is played by the awesomely funny Linda Landeros. Linda is an actor/comedienne/writer.

Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa
Linda Landeros as Fernanda in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  We put her in a –
Green skirt (thrifted) to match the green of her mother’s dress.
Black blouse (Linda’s own) to go with Fernanda’s scheming, criminal character.
Pink flowers (Claire’s Boutique) to tie her in with the rest of the actresses.

Marcy (entranced):  She’s so bad.

Cynthia:  Fernanda’s mom, Senora Torres, is played by another awesomely funny actor/stand-up comic/writer, Isadora O’Boto.

Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


Isadora O’Boto as Senora Torres in
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa

Cynthia:  I found this green dress in a thrift shop for $12 and fell in love with it. I thought it was perfect for a telenovela senora from 1914. Don’t let these pictures of a sophisticated senora fool you though. Senora Torres is pretty much a hapless dingbat, played to perfection by Isadora!

Marcy starts scheming.

Marcy:  I’m going to go off with Fernanda and we’re going to steal all of Pancho Villa’s money and run away to a big house in El Paso. And be famous and pretentious and spoiled. Yeah.

*For more information on super funny Isadora O’Boto please check her out at
*For more information on the hilarious Linda Landeros please check her out at

*Check out  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of our series about costuming the play, Telenovela Wive of Pancho Villa.


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  • Reply Anonymous June 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I am loving this series! It makes me want to go thrift shopping to see what I can find!

  • Reply Linda Landeros June 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

    This is the BEST!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      You are the best!
      xo and meow, cynthia and marcy

  • Reply Anonymous June 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Cynthia, all of the costumes have been awesome. Your talent is amazing. Wouldn't you love to know the history of the dress?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you!
      Yes – I would love to know the history of the dress. Do you think it is from the 1980's? Or maybe the 1990's!

  • Reply Merrie K. June 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I really wished that I lived in LA so I could check out this play….I'm really intrigued now. 🙂 I love that lace dress too…can't believe you got it at a thrift store!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

      I couldn't believe it was only $12! I may have let out a yelp when I saw it. Well, I did let out a yelp.
      We may put the play up again in the fall and we are thinking about filming it. It's not the end!

  • Reply GnomeLover June 30, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Beautiful choices. And what scores! I LOVE that green skirt. I am insanely jealous of it. All of the women in your play are so beautiful. And the play sounds so funny and fun. I hope it went well! I am so in awe of you. You did an amazing job with those costumes.


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you, Jenni! I love that green color on the skirt too. It is a swishy swirly voluminous skirt that Linda got to play around with.

  • Reply Gwen July 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Well done, you! Costuming on such a microbudget, and then getting such a treasure as that green dress! You're making me wish I could come to your play. It sounds so funny. Break a leg, hon!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you, Gwen!!!! And thank you so much for all of your support and advice!

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy July 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Oh I love the green lace dress. What a great find at the thrift shop. The Goodwill and thrift shops must be a dream where you live.
    It looks like you had a lot of fun with this play!
    Thanks for sharing,

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      We had a blast! There are soooo many thrift shops here and they are always crowded too. I saw lots of Anthro stuff while I was looking for costumes!

  • Reply Liana July 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I am really loving this series. It even convinced me to google Pancho Villa and start reading some of the history. I am sad to say that prior to this, despite spending several months near Monterrey, all I knew about Pancho Villa was that he was kind of a real-life Robin Hood. And that there is a climb in Potrero Chico, Mexico called "Pancho Villa Rides Again".

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 4, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Yay! Thank you, Liana! I hardly knew anything about him before I started working on this play. There is a fantastic movie about him with Antonio Banderas that you might be interested in. It's about the period we portray in the play – 1914 – when a Hollywood producer went down to Mexico to shoot movies about Pancho Villa. I think it was a made for HBO movie.

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