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|Born||Gabriela Elena Spanic Utrera
December 10, 1973
Ortiz, Guarico State, Venezuela
|Spouse(s)||Miguel de Léon (1995-2002)|
Gabriela Španić (born Gabriela Elena Španić Utrera, Ortiz, Guarico State, 10 December 1973), or Gaby Spanic, is a highly regarded Venezuelan actress of Croatian descent best known for her roles in Latin soap operas and her many controversies in the media. Her twin sister is the model/actress Daniela Spanic. She has one younger sister. Patricia. She has one brother, Antonio.
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 1947. Her mother is Venezuelan. 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.she was the protagonist of "Trama", and began to be considered in Venezuela in 1997.
1998–2002: La Usurpadora and Hiatus
Gaby was contracted in 1998 to star in the novela "La Usurpadora." Her portrayal 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 American audience.
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. Her heavy drinking, bad temper and outrageous demands on set, caused the estrangement with her twin sister.
2013–present: Mujeres Arena
During her interview in the program Agora É Tarde, Gaby confirmed that interprets Ruth and Rachel in remake Mexican Mulheres de Areia. Recording starts in January Gabriela Spanic, 'the usurper' starts recording 'Women of Sand' in early 2014.
|1998||Más allá de la usurpadora||Paulina Bracho||Television film|
|1991||Mundo de fieras||Television debut|
|1992||La loba herida||Uncredited|
|1994||María Celeste||Carla||Supporting role|
|1994||Como tú, ninguna||Gilda Barreto||Supporting role|
|1995||Morena Clara||Linda Prado||Main antagonist|
|1996||Quirpa de tres mujeres||Emiliana Echeverría Salazar||Co-protagonist|
|1997||Todo por tu amor||Petra Josefina Marcano alias Amaranta Rey||Main antagonist|
|1998||La usurpadora||Paulina Martínez / Paola Bracho / Paulina Bracho||Main protagonist / antagonist|
|1999||Por tu amor||Aurora de Montalvo / María del Cielo Montalvo de Durán||Main protagonist|
|2001||La intrusa||Virginia Martínez Roldán de Junquera Brito / Vanessa Martínez Roldán de Junquera Brito||Main protagonist|
|2002-03||La venganza||Valentina Díaz / Helena Fontana||Main protagonist|
|2004||Prisionera||Guadalupe Santos||Main protagonist|
|2005-07||Decisiones||Daniela / Mariela||Episode: "Un amor verdadero"
Episode: "A la tercera va la vencida"
|2006||Tierra de Pasiones||Valeria San Román||Main protagonist|
|2010||Soy tu dueña||Ivana Dorantes Rangel||Main antagonist|
|2011||Emperatriz||Emperatriz Jurado||Main protagonist|
|2012||La otra cara del alma||Alma Hernández||Main protagonist / antagonist|
|2014||Siempre tuya Acapulco||Fiscal Fernanda Montenegro||Special participation|