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March 7, 1950 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Years active||1970s - present|
Elín Ortíz (m. 1969; div. 1975)
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Iris Chacón (born March 7, 1950 in San Juan) is a dancer, singer, and entertainer. She enjoys great popularity in Puerto Rico (where she had a weekly variety show for more than a decade) and in other Latin American countries, as well as such U.S. locales as New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
Chacon has been known by various nicknames, such as "La Bomba de Puerto Rico" (The Puerto Rican Bombshell), and "La Vedette de America" (America's Showgirl). During her heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s, she toured most of Latin America, the USA, Europe and Japan. She also starred in two movies and many telenovelas, such as Yo Se Que Mentia.
Amalie Oil commercial
In 1982, AMCAR, Inc. hired her for a television commercial about Amalie Oil's automobile coolant products, which became one of the most famous television commercials in Puerto Rico's history. The publicity surrounding the commercial landed her in a front page article in The Wall Street Journal in June 1983 entitled A Onetime Choirgirl Rules as Sex Goddess On Puerto Rican TV. The ad employed a play on words between the English word coolant and Spanish culon which means large derrière.
Mid-1980s to present
From 1984 through the early 1990s, Iris Chacón appeared on such American TV shows as "America Onstage","The Joan Rivers Show", "The Merv Griffin Show", "Geraldo Rivera Show, and "David Letterman"." Letterman described her as the Dolly Parton and Loni Anderson of Puerto Rico and joked about proposing to her. Merv Griffin said of her that "she was the answer to 'Where's the beef?'", a reference to the Wendy's commercial of that time period. However, by 1984, Chacón reached her peak, and not being able to reach an "Anglo" market, ended her show in Puerto Rico by mid-1985 at the age of 35. Her show aired in syndication until the end of the 1980s.