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Maria Conchita Alonso is a Cuban singer, actress and former beauty queen. She has featured in many films and television productions. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Leading Actress in 1996.

Maria Alonso has it all – beauty, brains, talent and fame.

Maria Conchita Alonso’s biography

a younger Maria Conchita Alonso

María Concepción Alonso Bustillo, professionally known as Maria Conchita Alonso, was born on June 29, 1957, in  Cienfuegos, Cuba.

When she was five years old, her family moved to Venezuela following the Cuban Revolution.

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Maria Conchita Alonso’s career

Maria Conchita Alonso

Alonso began a career in music when she was a child. She sang traditional Venezuelan songs with her mother at local gatherings. At the age of 16, Maria won the Miss Venezuela pageant and went on to compete in the Miss World pageant. After high school, she studied acting in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, before moving to Los Angeles, situated in the U.S. state of California, at the age of 20.

In Los Angeles, Alonso established herself as an actress and singer. She featured in several Hollywood movies and television shows like The Running Man (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Falcon Crest (1984-1985), Beverly Hills 90210 (1995-1996) and Desperate Housewives (2006-2007). She also appeared in the Latin version of Desperate Housewives (Amas de Casa Desesperadas) for Univision Network.

Alonso also released successful Latin music albums, with her first gold album and number-one song on the charts, Love Maniac, released in 1979 under the name Ámbar. Her second album, María Conchita (1984), made her an international singing star in the Spanish-speaking market and earned her first of three Grammy Award nominations (1985, 1988, 1994). Her best-known song, “Vamos a Bailar”, was used as the soundtrack of the film popular film, Scarface.

In 1995, Alonso became the first Latin-born actress to star in a Broadway show, playing “Aurora” in Kiss of the Spider Woman. She also featured in The Vagina Monologues (2005) and Hair (2009). She also starred in the romantic comedies, Chasing Papi (2003) and The Last Guy on Earth (2006). In addition, Maria was a guest star in the live-action film of the comic book El Muerto and appeared in the film Material Girls (2006).

In 2008, she hosted VH1’s ¡Viva Hollywood! alongside popular Puerto Rican actor and model, Carlos Ponce. She also featured in the werewolf horror film, Wolf Moon, directed by Dana Mennie. In 2013, Alonso appeared in Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem.

Nominations and awards

Alonso was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress” for her performance in the 1985 film, Moscow on the Hudson. She also received awards from the Venezuelan government for her contribution to Latin music.

In 2015, she became a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin American Music Awards.

Maria Conchita Alonso’s songs

Below are some of Alonso’s songs:

  • Love Maniac  (1979)
  • The Witch (1980)
  • Dangerous Rhythm (1982)
  • Te Amo (1983)
  • Suéltame (1987)
  • Otra Mentira Más (1987)
  • Y Es Que Llegaste Tú (1988)
  • Hazme Sentir (1990)
  • A Él Lo Quiero (1991)
  • Promesas (1993)
  • Ya No Más (2019)
  • Llename De Ti (2020)

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Maria Conchita Alonso’s net worth

Unverified reports estimate Alonso’s net worth at $8 million.

Maria Conchita Alonso’s family

Information about Aloson’s family is limited. Her marital status is unclear as well. Some reports claim that she married Jack Ortega, an actor and singer, in 2007 and they share a son. Other reports claim she is still single.

Maria Conchita Alonso’s age

Alonso is 66 years old as of 2023.

Maria Conchita Alonso now

Maria Conchita Alonso happy

Maria Alonso’s latest movie is titled The Secret of Joy. She starred alongside fellow Venezuelan actor, Carlos Antonio León; Spanish actress, Laura Bayonas; and Brazilian actress, Ana Carolina Da Fonseca. The movie aims to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

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