Verónica Castro

Verónica Castro
Verónica Castro y su hijo.jpg
BornVerónica Judith Sáinz Castro Alba
(1952-10-19) 19 October 1952 (age 66)
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Other namesBig Vero, La Vero
OccupationActress, singer, producer, former model, presenter
Years active1964–present
Notable workLos Ricos También Lloran, Rosa Salvaje, El Derecho De Nacer, Mala Noche No, La Movida, Chiquita Pero Picosa, La Casa de las Flores.
Partner(s)Manuel "Loco" Valdés (1970–1978)
Jorge Martínez (1981–1982)
Children2, including Cristian Castro
RelativesJosé Alberto Castro (brother)
Sofía Castro (niece)
AwardsSilver Goddess Award (2002)

Verónica Castro (pronounced Spanish pronunciation: [beˈɾonika ˈkastɾo]), full name Verónica Judith Sáinz Castro Alba (born 19 October 1952), is a Mexican actress, singer, producer, former model and presenter.[1] She is the mother of singer Cristian Castro and filmmaker Michel Castro.

She started her career as a television actress, where she met comedian Manuel Valdés, father of her son Cristian Castro, and in fotonovelas and telenovelas while earning her degree in international relations.

Acting and music career

Castro recorded her first album in 1973, a self-titled album(Veronica Castro), And Then releasing three hit singles from Her Next Album "Sensaciones"; these were "Mi Pequeño Ciclón," "Soy Celosa," and "Yo Quisiera Señor Locutor." The following year, she recorded another hit record with "Aprendí A Llorar," and famed Mexican producer, composer and singer Juan Gabriel penned the hit single "Adios" for her.[citation needed]

After appearing in a series of films and telenovelas (El Edificio de Enfrente in 1972 and Barata de Primavera in 1975, among others) her career took off with the telenovela Los ricos también lloran, playing a poor orphan, with Rogelio Guerra and Rocío Banquells. This telenovela became a success in Latin America, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France, Israel, Russia, China,Germany and the Philippines. The success of this story brought her newfound fame with her single, "Aprendí A Llorar." The following hit[citation needed] was "San Francisco De Asis."

Two years later she played the main role in the telenovela version of El derecho de nacer. Because of her expanding fame as a world artist, she started recording her music in different languages and began to tour the world and perform in diverse venues; she also started recording in Italian, English, Portuguese, and Japanese.[citation needed]

In 1986, she performed in the Latin version of "We Are The World." She also released one of her most ambitious albums to date, Simplemente Todo. The top-selling singles from Simplemente Todo were "Oye Tu," the title selection, "Nunca Lo Sabra," and "Macumba." Unlike other artists of the time, however, Castro accompanied her singles with videos, becoming one of the pioneers of the MTV age in Latin America. Even as she recorded the music video "Macumba," she worked in telenovelas in Argentina and Italy.

In 1987, her career was boosted internationally[citation needed]when she played the main character in Rosa salvaje, alongside Guillermo Capetillo and Laura Zapata. The theme song for that telenovela, also named "Rosa salvaje," became one of her biggest hits. As her CD, "Reina de la noche," topped the charts and her soap opera became one of the world's best selling stories to date[citation needed], she released another #1 single, "Mala noche no."[citation needed]

In 1990 Castro participated in Mi pequeña Soledad alongside Omar Fierro and July Furlong, where she had to play both a 40-year-old victim of rape who became pregnant and later was paralyzed in a car crash, and her 20-year-old daughter, the "Soledad" of the title, who was the product of the rape. Castro recorded the hit[citation needed] song "Mi Pequeña Soledad".[citation needed] The ballad opened new markets and became her theme song. In the same year, she commenced to host the television series, La Movida, which was sung also in Italian and English. After the success of the single a maxi-single and 12" mix were leaked to radio and clubs. In 1993, she starred in the unsuccessful telenovela Valentina with Juan Ferrara and Celia Cruz.

In 1997 Castro re-emerged successfully[citation needed] with a new CD and a new television show. The CD was produced by A.B. Quintanilla, famed for his production of all the recordings of his sister Selena. In that year, Castro also filmed the most controversial[citation needed] music video in her career, "Pena De Amor Y Muerte." The video included some nudity, and the song was featured on the soundtrack of the telenovela Pueblo chico, Infierno grande. The story line, from the early nineteenth century, was based on a real life drama, the story of Leonarda Ruan. Other cast members were Juan Soler and Alma Delfina. She incorporated regional Mexican music, rancheras, pop, dance-techno, country and hip hop beats.

In 1999 Castro recorded her last pop CD, Ave Vagabundo, by famed composer and producer Ana Gabriel. She included several dance mixes of her hit singles "Sacudelo" and "Zumbalo." Castro toured various countries in support of this CD, whose biggest successes included Argentina, Italy and the United States.[citation needed]

During the 1990s she began hosting variety shows, and has continued to do so since. Her son, Cristian, is a teen idol singer across Latin America and the United States, She and Christian's father, Manuel Valdés, have never married. Castro's private life has become fodder for paparazzi photographers and gossip magazines.

In 2006 she recorded Por Esa Puerta. For the first time it was released only in Mexico, becoming a best-seller internationally.[citation needed] It was only available through the Internet and importation of the CD. When the CD arrived in the United States, it became the most sought-after CD in her career. Castro has performed several musical genres, from pop/rock, Mexican regional country music-rancheras, boleros, and banda/norteno to Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Italian songs.

In 2008 Verónica Castro returned to the stage with Chiquita Pero Picosa, a remake of a production in which she had appeared in the 1980s. She also filmed an episode of "Mujeres Asesinas," in which she played a killer. The episode was critically acclaimed.[citation needed]

In 2009 Verónica Castro went back to telenovelas, and left her native Mexico for Argentina to film the telenovela Los Exitosos Pérez. It premiered in Mexico on August 30, 2009.

For her work in television, theater, movies and in the recording industry, Castro's handprints are imbedded at the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City.[citation needed]

In 2016, Verónica Castro returns to center stage with the all-time Broadway classic, 'Applause' inspired on the film, "All About Eve". This production was presented for the first time in Mexico by Fela Fabregas at Teatro San Rafael. Verónica played Margo Channing in "Aplauso".[citation needed]

In 2017 she was cast as the matronly Virginia de la Mora in Netflix's The House of Flowers , a Mexican comedy-drama series. It premiered on Netflix in August, 2018.[2]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Veronika Kastro
беларуская: Вероніка Кастра
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вэроніка Кастра
български: Вероника Кастро
français: Verónica Castro
Nederlands: Verónica Castro
português: Verónica Castro
Runa Simi: Verónica Castro
српски / srpski: Вероника Кастро
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Verónica Castro
українська: Вероніка Кастро