Griselda Blanco grows up in poverty in Colombia, and commits her first murder after being forced into childhood prostitution. She eventually comes to live in the US with her first husband and three sons Dixon, Uber, and Osvaldo. She earns money by creating fake passports for cocaine smugglers, and moves into the smuggling trade herself when she realizes that using beautiful women as mules will lower the chances of them being caught.
After moving to Miami, Griselda's drug empire quickly grows. She comes up with the idea to put assassins on motorcycles as they will be able to move around the city faster than with cars. She does business with Pablo Escobar back in Colombia, and becomes the queen of the cocaine trade. As a result, Miami sees a steep rise in crime.
Griselda and her family are pushed to the edge by the stress of their illegal business. Her three eldest sons have all become dangerous gangsters. Her marriage falls apart and Carolina dies of a drug overdose. Her fourth son Michael, fathered by her most recent boyfriend Darío Sepúlveda, is kidnapped and it takes weeks to get him back home. Griselda, herself, develops an addiction to smoking cocaine that makes her increasingly irrational and unreliable.
Writing for IndieWire, Hanh Nguyen criticized the decision to cast Zeta-Jones in the part of a Latina woman, adding that \"she's not just unconvincing; she's outlandish\". Similarly, Ciara LaVelle of the Miami New Times called the movie \"campy\" and \"sexist\"; and felt that Zeta-Jones \"struggles to embody the role of a 17-year-old Colombian immigrant, and though her portrayal solidifies as the story progresses, her accent remains cringeworthy throughout. (At least in her later, allegedly cocaine-addicted years, you can blame it on the drugs.)\"
Blanco became the Godmother of the cocaine industry; her network spread across the U.S., bringing in $80 million a month. Blanco created many of the smuggling techniques and murdering methods that are still used today. Not only was she involved in the trade, but she played a huge role in the Cocaine Cowboy Wars that plagued Miami. She was ruthless against rival drug traffickers, and was the mastermind behind hundreds of murders. Colombian officials suspect that she was involved in at least 250 murders in their country, and U.S. detectives believe she is responsible for 40 deaths in America.
The life of Griselda Blanco seems like it would be a great pick to receive the biopic treatment. Known as the Cocaine Godmother during the height of Pablo Escobar's grip on the cocaine cartel and acting as one of his primary lieutenants in the United States, Blanco was respected and feared in a criminal culture that mainly saw women as commodities and rewards, making her a character worth studying merely by virtue of being an anomaly in her criminal field. However, you would need filmmakers who are actually interested in telling a story that revealed that character, and Cocaine Godmother was made for Lifetime.
Griselda Blanco was famous in the drug world for ordering at least 40 murders and trafficking cocaine across the United States with some 20 aliases. The virtually uncatchable woman moved about 300 kilos ofcocaine per month even into her mid-forties. She was constantly sought after by police, but up until Monday, September 3, she was never apprehended. Then, Blanco was purchasing $150 worth of meat when she was gunned down in a Medellin neighborhood.
The cocaine trade pioneer was most well known in Miami, where she bloodied the streets with her ordered murders. The murder was quick. As Blanco walked out of the butcher shop, a man on a motorbike quickly got off of his vehicle, shot her twice in the head, and then calmly got back on the bike and rode off. The woman lay dying in the streets when her pregnant daughter-in-law discovered her. She laid a Bible on her chest in a dramatic action that paralleled Blanco's arrest in 1985.
If the case had occurred in the United States, police say that there would have been an infinite amount of suspects. Blanco started her life of crime by picking pockets in New York, and then started trafficking marijuana. From there she moved onto cocaine, which she hid in specially made clothes. She became a drug lord, known for killing ruthlessly on a whim. Already, screenwriters are bustling to complete their scripts and immortalize Blanco's notorious life in movies.
When Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story premieres on the cable network on Saturday, Jan. 20, it'll mark the telling of a woman's story that isn't usually seen on its airwaves. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, the film chronicles the life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the cocaine trade who was also known as The Black Widow because her husbands kept dying around her. While the woman, who is suspected of having ordered over 200 murders in her lifetime and is thought to have invented the drive-by shooting, certainly isn't an aspirational figure, playing her became something of a passion project for the Oscar-winning actress.
Eva LongoriaRather than play the part that would require her to ruin her eye makeup, we suggest Eva goes with her strengths and teams up with Mario Lopez to form an advocacy group to help drug-addicted Latino teens kick their cocaine habits. And then talk about it on Extra.
This film is based on the life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade. At the age of 17, Griselda made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport and met her first husband. Living in Queens with her three sons, Griselda became enticed by the money the drug world offered, and quickly became embroiled with local drug runners.
At the age of 17, Griselda Blanco, made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport with her first husband Carlos. Living in Queens with her three sons, Griselda became enticed by the money the drug world offered, and quickly became embroiled with local drug runners. Griselda masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as the mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia.
JULIE LUCAS: The wife of \"American Gangster\" Frank Lucas, the former beauty queen helped him with his heroin trade in 1960s New York City. When he was taken down in 1975, Frank Lucas was sentenced to 40 years in prison while she was sentenced to five years. More recently, in 2010, Julie Lucas was arrested for trying to sell 2 kilos of cocaine to a federal agent in Puerto Rico. The 70-year-old told a judge, \"I am ashamed that at my age I am standing in front of you,\" and was sentenced to another five years.
GRISELDA BLANCO: Known as a \"The Cocaine Godmother,\" Griselda Blanco was a Medellin drug lord and helped establish the drug trade between Colombia and Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. At her height, Blanco organized the shipment of over three tons of cocaine into the U.S. each year. Part of her legend is that she killed another child at age 11 when his parents refused to pay ransom and that she was responsible for between 20 and 40 murders, including the killing of a three-year-old child.
It was her second husband, Alberto Bravo, who introduced Griselda Blanco to the cocaine trade. In the early 1970s, they moved to Queens, New York, where their business exploded. They had a direct line to the white powder in Colombia, which took a hefty chunk of business away from the Italian Mafia.
Blanco found an ingenious way to smuggle cocaine into New York. She had young women fly on planes with cocaine hidden in their bras and underwear, which Blanco had specially designed for that purpose.
After the bust, Blanco still sent cocaine to the United States while running her business from Colombia. In 1976, Blanco allegedly smuggled cocaine aboard a ship known as the Gloria, which the Colombian government had sent to America as part of a bicentennial race in New York Harbor.
But she did indeed occupy a dangerous world. In Miami, there was increasing competition among various factions, including the Medellín Cartel, which was flying in planeloads of cocaine at the time. Soon, conflict erupted.
\"He was talking about how he and his brothers had really taken over the business from mom,\" Palombo said. \"They were moving tremendous amounts of cocaine both on the West Coast and as well as Miami. And that mom had taken a semi-retirement role.\"
Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones explains why she returned to television to star in Lifetime movie Cocaine Godmother, in which she plays drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade.
The Lifetime channel hit Cocaine Godmother comes to DVD on May 15 from Lionsgate. Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as the infamous Griselda Blanco, one of the most bloodthirsty drug lords to pioneer the cocaine trade.
Blanco was arrested in 1985 in a cocaine trafficking case in New York, and she was released in 1998 to Florida authorities. She pleaded no contest in October 1998 to three counts of second-degree murder.
The film will chronicle the rise to power and ultimate downfall of the infamous Columbian drug kingpin who pioneered drug trafficking from Columbia to the U.S. She employed such tactics as designing custom bras and girdles, which hid cocaine for her drug mules flying to the States. 59ce067264