|Born||Gabriela Elena Spanic Utrera
December 10, 1973
|Occupation||Actress, model, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Miguel de Léon (1994-1999)|
Gabriela Španić (born Gabriela Elena Španić Utrera, 10 December 1973), or Gaby Spanic, is a Venezuelan actress best known for her roles in Latin soap operas and her many controversies in the media. One of her sisters is model/actress Daniela Spanic. She has two younger sisters, Patricia and Kristen. Patricia is a Captain in the US Army. She has two brothers, Antonio and Adiel.
Among her most famous novelas are "La Usurpadora", "Por Tu Amor", "La Intrusa", "Tierra de Pasiones", and "Soy Tu Dueña". Currently, she is starring in TV Azteca's "Emperatriz" as the title character, which is a remake of the Venezuelan version - a character which she wanted to portray during her teenage years.
1990-1997: Started as an actress and model
Spanic's father is Croatian, having moved to Venezuela with his parents in 1960. Her mother is Croatian, but she was uprooted and educated in Los Angeles. Spanic's career started in the Miss Venezuela pageant in 1992 as Miss Guarico. She began her university studies in psychology, but always had a latent desire for acting.
Her career received a major boost in the mid 90s when she started having leading roles in Venezuelan soaps. Gabriela made a series of photo books - mostly she was the protagonist of Trama, and began to be considered a national heroine in Venezuela in 1997.
1998-2002: La Usurpadora and Hiatus
Gaby was invited in 1998 to star in the novela "La Usurpadora." Her porrayal of the twins Paola & Paulina came to worldwide success when the novela was transmitted to more than 160 countries around the world and became one of most popular telenovelas in the Spanish-speaking world. "La Usurpadora" was the first novela to win more than 20 points in the grid of the TV audience Americana.
2005: Tierra de Passiones
She won the Orquidea Award in 2005 for her trajectory as an actress, as well as the prestigious FAMAS Award for Best Actress for her role in Tierra de Pasiones.
Legal Cases and Controversy
In 2002 Spanic made headlines due to her divorce from Miguel de Leon, caused by her affair with La Venganza costar José Ángel Llamas. Despite the great admiration of the public , Gaby has been undergoing some controversy. The first reason for the estrangement with her twin sister.
Exchanges of insults aside, what seems to be the main issue among the sisters who spent their childhood and adolescence together, is the husband of Daniela, Ademar Nahum. Gabriela has accused him of beating Daniela, however, it denied the allegations and said that her sister is not only villain in novels, but also in real life. The hurt Daniela, it is speculated, arise from health problems that befell him during the pregnancy of his daughter Catalina. In the fourth month of gestation, Daniela suffered a stroke and spent several days in a coma. She says that this time the media Gabriela would expose his feelings for his sister, however, did not show enough concern or to visit her in the hospital.
After recovering from the birth of her niece Daniela, sisters stopped to talk. The husband does not want rapprochement with Daniela and Gabriela already threatened with lawsuits because of the same statements to the press about him and his wife. In 2010 Gaby claimed her son and mother were allegedly poisoned by her assistant, which was later proven to be false.
2013 - present : Mujeres Arena
Came to Brazil in March 2013, where he participated in the program Domingo Legal, to promote the fifth reprise of La Usurpadora Celso Portiolli going to Mexico and home visit by Gabriela Spanic, star of 'The Usurpadora'. Given the huge success of his second visit to Brazil, held in 2013, Gabriela back again to the country in the month of August of the same year to conduct meetings with fans in the cities of [St. Paul, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortress, Salvador and With flowery look, Gaby Spanic arrives in Brazil. He participated again the program Domingo Legal and Now is The Usurpadora: 10 reasons to love Gabriela Gaby Spanic arrives in Brazil, will take the churrrascaria and caipirinha.
During his interview in the program is now late, Gaby confirmed that interprets Ruth and Rachel in remake Mexican Women of Sand (1993)|Women Sand, titled Mujeres de Arena. Recording starts in January Gabriela Spanic, 'the usurper' starts recording 'Women of Sand' in early 2014.
|1991||Mundo de Fieras||
|La Loba Herida|
|1993||Morena Clara||Linda Prado|
|1994||María Celeste||Celina Hidalgo|
|Como Tú, Ninguna||Gilda Barreto
|1996||Quirpa de Tres Mujeres||Emiliana Echeverría Salazar|
|1997||Todo Por Tu Amor||Amaranta Rey|
|1998||La Usurpadora||Paulina Martinez
|1999||Por Tu Amor||Maria del Cielo Montalvo|
|2001||La Intrusa||Virginia Martínez Roldán
Vanessa Martínez Roldán
|2002||La Venganza||Valentina Valerugo Fontana||
|2006||Tierra de Pasiones||Valeria San Román|
|2010||Soy Tu Dueña||Ivana Dorantes Rangel||
|2012||La Otra Cara del Alma||Alma Hernández Quijano|
- "La mujer acusada de envenenar a Gaby Spanic fue absuelta de todo cargo". Univision.com (in Spanish). 29 November 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2013.