Gabriela Spanic

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Spanic and the second or maternal family name is Utrera.
Gabriela Spanic
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Born Gabriela Elena Spanic Utrera
(1973-12-10) December 10, 1973 (age 41)
Ortiz, Guarico State, Venezuela
Residence Mexico DF
Nationality Venezuelan-Croatian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1991-present
Spouse(s) Miguel de Léon (1995-2002)
Children 1

Gabriela Španić (born Gabriela Elena Španić Utrera, Ortiz, Guarico State, 10 December 1973), or Gaby Spanic, is a 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.

Acting career[edit]

1990–1997: Started as an actress and model[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


Year Title Role Channel
1991 Mundo de Fieras
La Loba Herida
1992 Divina Obsesión
Rosangelica Carla
1993 Morena Clara Linda Prado
1994 María Celeste Celina Hidalgo
Como Tú, Ninguna Gilda Barreto
Raquel Sandoval
1996 Quirpa de Tres Mujeres Emiliana Echeverría Salazar
1997 Todo Por Tu Amor Amaranta Rey
1998 La Usurpadora Paulina Martinez
Paola Bracho
1999 Por Tu Amor Maria del Cielo Montalvo
2001 La Intrusa Virginia Martínez Roldán
Vanessa Martínez Roldán
2002 La Venganza Valentina Valerugo Fontana
2004 Prisionera Guadalupe Santos
2005 Decisiones Daniela
2006 Tierra de Pasiones Valeria San Román
2010 Soy Tu Dueña Ivana Dorantes Rangel
2011 Emperatriz Emperatriz Jurado
2012 La Otra Cara del Alma Alma Hernández Quijano
2014 Siempre Tuya Acapulco Fernanda Montenegro