Angélica Vale

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vale and the second or maternal family name is Hartman.
Angélica Vale
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Angélica Vale at the premiere Ice Age 3
Born Angélica María Vale Hartman
(1975-11-11) November 11, 1975 (age 39)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names La Vale
Occupation Actress, singer, comedian
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Otto Padrón (2011–present)
Children Angélica Masiel (b. 2012)
Daniel Nicolás (b. 2014)
Parents Raul Vale
Angélica María

Angélica Vale (born Angélica María Vale Hartman on November 11, 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican actress, singer, and comedian known also as the daughter of Angélica María, "La Novia de Mexico" (Mexico's Sweetheart), and as the daughter of comedian Raúl Vale. She has been working as an actress for almost 30 years, but achieved fame in 2006 when she became the protagonist of La Fea Más Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl), a Mexican telenovela, with her real-life mother. She starred in the webnovela No me hallo as Luchita Guerra a young woman with a big dream of becoming a singer. Early in 2012, Vale was a team captain on the Mexican TV Show Parodiando, of Televisa network.

Acting career[edit]

As a child, in the movie El Gran Triunfo in 1981, Vale portrayed the daughter of Mexican superstar Rigo Tovar. From 1982–1986 her family was banned from Televisa due to the launch of the independent production "LUPITA" on the rival TV Azteca network in which she played the title role. All the family members were blacklisted until 1986, year in which Ernesto Alonso intervened on their behalf. He was instrumental in getting the ban lifted, allowing the family to return to work on Televisa's productions.[citation needed]

In 1998, she portrayed Julieta in Soñadoras and in 2001, she portrayed Wendy Nayeli Pérez in Amigas y rivales, both major roles which won acclaim for the actress. However, the soap opera La Fea Más Bella was her first starring role in any Mexican telenovela, though she had appeared in a number of Spanish language programs. As a comedian, Vale was one of the main celebrity impersonators in the comedy show La Parodia, from 2000 to 2005, but she chose to leave the show because she wanted to take some weeks off. From 2005 to 2006, she performed in El Privilegio de Mandar (The Privilege to Command), which was a parody of an earlier soap opera starring Adela Noriega and was titled El Privilegio de Amar (The Privilege to Love).

Because telenovelas are wildly popular throughout the Hispanic world, they are very profitable, even when they do not rate so well, so when as of 2006, La Fea Más Bella became the number one Univision TV program according to 2006 Nielsen ratings, Vale was looked upon by many producers as a guarantee of success, and it is speculated that this success may open the door for greater things to come.[1]

Vale is featured as one of the eight subjects on the cover of People en Español's "Los 50 Más Bellos" 2007 yearly issue and on the July 2007 monthly issue, reportedly more because of her recent popularity than because of her overall lengthy career (as many people in the business have stated that she is finally getting the international attention that she has come to deserve after laboring her talents so long and having very little ethical and commercial success).[citation needed]

In April 2007, People en Español announced that Vale would make a special guest appearance on Ugly Betty, in which she'd reprise her Lety role in the episode "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara,"[2] but instead she played a Lety look-alike named Angélica, who was a dental assistant, in the season finale. Although her mother officially left Televisa after both actresses appeared on Mujeres Asesinas in 2009, Vale is still with Televisa, having most recently appeared on Parodiando.

Singing career[edit]

Like her mother, Vale is also a singer and has performed on the soundtrack for La fea más bella. She did several notable impersonations of another singer, Verónica Castro on La Parodia doing parodies of Castro's show, Mala noche... no!. Vale is also listed in that program's credits as a singer of its theme song. She has also done many impressions of singers Shakira, Thalía, and Laura León among others while she worked on Soñadoras and Amigas y rivales; she also used some of these once more in La Parodia.

In 2007, after the finale of La Fea Más Bella, she sang one of the theme songs for the hit soap opera during an appearance on El Show de Cristina. During 2008, she made the music album Navidad con Amigos with Ricardo Montaner. Angélica Vale has been heavily pursued by paparazzi from the early 1990s on, with a special focus on her love life. In the early stages of her life, she was rumored and confirmed as the girl of actor Alejandro Ibarra, with whom it was also rumored that she was engaged to and would soon marry.[citation needed]

However this was not the case, and they split around the time that she was cast for the role of Margarita in Bendita Mentira. This attention did not surprise Vale, who as a young girl had seen the toll that paparazzi's attentions had taken on her mother and father's marriage when, according to tabloids, her father had led a double life with a woman in Texas.

In 2005, after the death of her father, this attention bothered her because she was constantly pestered by questions about her late father's testament and concerns about what would correspond to her father's young 'spouse'. She was overwhelmed to the point that she called for a meeting with all major television stations in Mexico and had them ask away, saying that if they did not ask then, they would never get answers because she planned on closing that chapter in her life because it was very painful to talk about something so private.[citation needed]

Later on she was also linked to singer Jose Luis Figueroa, son of singer Joan Sebastian, during a time when he was still involved with Ninel Conde, (considered the hottest woman in the world by the Latin American press), but Angélica Vale denied these reports.[citation needed] Soon after, Ninel and Jose Luis broke up, and he stated it was because Ninel was too "thin" for his liking.[citation needed] Vale was also targeted much by claims that she liked to get involved with married men, and a story was published in 2006 about her having caused the separation of a family, because her then-current boyfriend had filed for divorce and his children had to live with seeing their father with another woman in public.

She also denied these allegations by claiming that the divorce had been filed one year prior to their relationship, and that his marriage was childless.[citation needed] Other rumors that have followed concerning her love life have been curiously sparked by a family friend, Cristina Saralegui, host of El Show de Cristina, who, when interviewing the cast of La Fea Más Bella, stated that she thought that 'Don Fernando' (Jaime Camil) and 'Doña Lety' (Angélica Vale) had really fallen in love, but she was cut off by Angélica María, also present, who changed the subject.[citation needed]

Angélica María also sparked rumors about her daughter because, she has recently made a habit of saying that she is waiting impatiently for her only child to make her a grandmother.[citation needed] Despite the constant intrusion into her life by paparazzi, Angélica Vale has managed to keep much of her life private, causing paparazzi to fabricate stories on her behalf. She has also had breast reduction around the time she finished La Fea Más Bella.[citation needed]


Vale's father was Venezuelan while her mother is half American and half Mexican who was born in Louisiana; she has a Jewish grandfather.[3] Vale speaks English and Spanish fluently, and holds her own in French.[citation needed]

She and her mother, Angélica María, are among the very few daughter – mother entertainers to be inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias at the Plaza de las Estrellas. Vale was inducted for her work in television and regarding her contribution to the recording industry.

Vale and her parents are featured in the 2007 book Televisa Presenta, which was published during the culmination of the Network's golden anniversary.


Telenovelas, Series, Webnovelas, Films, Theater, TV Show
Year Title Role Notes
1975 El milagro de vivir Baby Alejandra
1978 Muñeca Rota
El Coyote y la bronca Film
1979 La Guerra de los pasteles Film
1981 El Hogar que yo robé Aurora "Aurorita" Velarde Supporting Role
1982 Lupita Lupita
1985 Mago de Oz Cuento de Frank Baum Dorotea Theatrical Performance
1986–87 Herencia Maldita Adela Beltrán (child) Special Appearance
1990–91 Angeles Blancos Priscilla Supporting Role
1992–93 Angeles sin paraíso Supporting Role
1994 ¡Qué chavas!
1995–96 Lazos de Amor Tere Supporting Role
1996 Bendita Mentira Margarita Supporting Role
1997–98 El Secreto de Alejandra Gloria Supporting Role
1998–99 Soñadoras Julieta Ruiz Castañeda Young Protagonist
1999 A que no te atreves Herself/Co-Hostess TV Show
2000 Hoy Herself/Hostess TV Show
2001 Amigas y rivales Wendy Nayeli Pérez Protagonist
2002–03 Las Vías del Amor Herself Special Appearance
2002–05 La Parodia Various characters TV Series
2004 Cancionera TV Series
Los miserables (musical)[4] Eponine Theatrical Performance
2005 José el Soñador (Musical)[5] Narrator Theatrical Performance
2005–06 El Privilegio de Mandar Mary TV Series
2006 Una Película de Huevos Bibi (voice) Film
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Ellie (voice) Film-Mexican version
2006–07 La Fea Más Bella Leticia "Lety" Padilla Solís de Mendiola/Aurora Mayer de Salinas Protagonist
2007 Ugly Betty Angelica Special Appearance
2009 Hazme Reir y serás millonario TV Show
Despierta America TV Series
Mujeres Asesinas 2 Julia Espinoza Laviada Episode: "Julia, encubridora"
La Fan Mandy
Otra Película de Huevos y un Pollo Bibi (voice) Film
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Ellie (voice) Film-Mexican version
2011 No Me hallo Luz María “Luchita” Guerra Webnovela
Mentiras: el musical Daniela Theatrical Performance
2010 Salsa Tel Aviv Victoría "Vicky" Film
2012 Ice Age 4: Continental Drift Ellie (voice) Film-Mexican version
2012–13 Parodiándo Herself TV Show
2013 Parodiándo 2 Herself TV Show


Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2003 Premios TVyNovelas Best Comedic Performance La Parodia Won
2007 Best Lead Actress La Fea Más Bella


  1. ^ Nielsen ratings from the Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2006-11-16
  2. ^ Morales, Maria (2007-04-13). "¡Angélica Vale estará en Ugly Betty!". People en Español. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. ^ Brown, Hannah (23 August 2011). "Tel Aviv Just Got Hotter". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Angélica Vale es "miserable"
  5. ^ Angélica Vale se une al "soñador"

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