Mirtha Jung: Mother of Kristina Sunshine Jung and Ex-Wife of George Jung

Mirtha Jung is the former wife of George Jung and the mother of their daughter Kristina Sunshine Jung. Despite rumors of Mirtha Jung’s death, she is still alive and well, in her early 60s in 2016.

Mirtha’s name at birth was Mirtha Calderon. She is Cuban. George and Mirtha first met in the late ’70s; she was 24 and George was about ten years her senior. Before long, in the fall of 1978 (according to George Jung’s autobiography “Grazing in the Grass Until the Snow Came”) the two had a daughter. They were married for seven years, from 1977 to 1984.

George Jung was the man who helped establish the US cocaine market in the 70s, and Mirtha became his wife during his time as a Medellin cartel smuggler. Because of her roots, there is an assumption that George met his future wife through his Colombian cocaine contacts.

In 1994, George Jung went to prison for his longest term ever served – twenty years. Jung was released in 2014, with 8 years of supervision. He is 74 in 2016, suffers from dementia and lives in California.

There is no information on where Mirtha Jung, George Jung’s ex-wife, is currently living. Sources suggest that she is living in the United States, in an undisclosed location. All that is known is that she is still alive. Anecdotal sources suggest that her daughter Kristina Jung (Kristina Sunshine Selina Noel Jung) lives in California with her family – husband and children.

Mirtha’s last public contact was fifteen years ago, in 2001, around the time when the biographic film Blow hit the screens. That was when Mirtha gave an interview to a Texas newspaper.

Not only the information about George Jung’s ex-wife is sparse, but we couldn’t even find real pictures of her or her daughter.

Blow – The Movie about Mirtha Jung, George Jung and Kristina Sunshine Jung

More information about Mirtha Calderon Jung can be picked up from the 2001 biographical drama – Blow (slang for cocaine). She is a fictional character and not all of Mirtha Jung biography we see in this Hollywood movie is factual, but the film gives an insight into the true story behind it. The paragraphs below are based on how Mirtha is depicted in the movie Blow.

Penelope Cruz plays Mirtha Jung, and Johnny Depp plays George Jung. Mirtha is portrayed as a strong, independent woman. However, she is addicted to cocaine. Mirtha becomes George’s running partner; the beautiful and passionate Colombian (as per the movie she is Colombian, not Cuban) is as crazy as him. When the two meet, Mirtha is the girlfriend of George’s smuggling partner. George steals her away, the two get married, Mirtha gets pregnant and has a baby girl – Kristina Jung. During their relationship, Mirtha and George often fight, go broke more than once, there are parenting problems and bad decision making, drugs and alcohol.

Did George love Mirtha or did he use her to marry into the cartel? The movie “Blow” (Ted Demme, 2001), the book “Blow” (Bruce Porter, 2001) and George’s autobiography “Grazing in the Grass Until the Snow Came” all give different interpretations of this relationship.

Ted Demme, an American film director and producer died a year after the movie Blow was released. To ensure the accuracy of the biography, he worked with Mirtha Jung, Kristina Jung and George Jung. According to Demme, by 2001 Mirtha had been long out of her former lifestyle and clean for 20 years. She is to be admired for breaking the drug habit and turning her life around for her own sake and the sake of her daughter, Kristina Sunshine Jung.

We need to note that certain facts were altered in the movie. For instance, in the movie, Kristina visits her father in Otisville, NY’s Federal Correctional Institution. In real life, she did not visited him in jail. In the movie, George is represented as monogamous, while in reality he had multiple girlfriends and regularly used prostitutes before Mirtha entered his life, as well as was fond of cross dressing and sadomasochistic games.

According to the book, the two did not really marry – they only pretended to get married in order to please Mirtha’s family. In the movie, it is Mirtha Jung’s continued drug habit and desire for high living that is the blame for the downfall. The book’s version of George’s lifestyle shows him far more responsible for his downfall, due to his serious drug habit and the love of money.

Comments

  • Robert Young on

    George was my cell mate at Terminal Island, San Pedro, Ca. I would like to say hi. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Richard on

    The scene in the movie where his daughter visited him in prison was a fantasy…. he was imagining it happening….. when the guard “broke” the spell, she disappeared….

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    • NewSwirl on

      Thank you for clarification

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  • Rick on

    The implication that the movie misled viewers by claiming George’s daughter visited him in a California prison is dispelled by the fact at the end of the movie, just before the Credits, it clearly states Kristina never visited her father while there.

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    • NewSwirl on

      Thank you for your input

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