Laura Zapata

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Laura Zapata de Torrez
Born Laura Guadalupe Zapata Miranda
(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 57)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress, Singer & Dancer
Years active 1974-present
Spouse(s) Juan Eduardo Sodi de la Tijera
Children Claudio
Patricio
Parents Yolanda Miranda Mange[2]
Guillermo Zapata Pérez de Utrera
Relatives Federica, Ernestina, Gabriela & Thalía (half-sisters)

Laura Zapata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlauɾa ɣwaðaˈlupe saˈpata miˈɾanda]) (born Laura Guadalupe Zapata Miranda on July 31, 1956 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican telenovela actress. She has acted in Televisa productions most of her life.

Family[edit]

Zapata born July 31, 1956 in Mexico City is the daughter of Guillermo Zapata Pérez de Utrera (a Mexican boxer, model and businessman) and Yolanda Miranda Mange (from her first marriage) and part of the Sodi family. She married Juan Eduardo Sodi de la Tijera. Zapata is the half-sister of music superstar Thalía, Federica, Gabriela and Ernestina Sodi, a well-known writer, and biographer. Her sons are Claudio Sodi and Patricio Sodi.

Zapata is also a singer and dancer. Laura and Thalía were the first ones of the family to gain international fame by acting and singing. In Maria Mercedes, one of Thalía’s first soap operas, Laura played a villain opposite her sister. In the world of telenovelas, she is as well known for her protagonist roles as for her roles as antagonist.

Kidnapping[edit]

In September 2002, Laura and her sister Ernestina were kidnapped and taken to an unspecified location. The news of their kidnapping made headlines across Latin America and among the Spanish-speaking television channels of the United States. Thalía is married to multi-millionaire Tommy Mottola, so it was speculated that their captors would ask for a large sum of money. Instead, Laura was released 18 days after her kidnapping, and her sister Ernestina was released on the 34th day.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Mundo de juguete Special Appearance
1977 La Venganza Violeta Supporting Role
Acompáñame Karla Supporting Role
1978 Mama Campanita Irene Rodena Protagonist
1980 Juventud Modesta Protagonist
1984-85 Los años felices Flora
1987-88 Rosa Salvaje Dulcina Linares Vda. de Robles Antagonist
1992-93 María Mercedes Malvina Morantes Vda. de Del Olmo Main Antagonist
1995-86 Pobre Niña Rica Teresa García Mora de Villagrán Main Antagonist
1997 Esmeralda Fátima Linares Vda. de Peñarreal Antagonist
1998 La usurpadora Advocate Zoraida Zapata Special Appearance
1999 Rosalinda Verónica Del Castillo de Altamirano Co-protagonist
2001 Mujer bonita Celia Supporting Role
La intrusa Maximiliana Limantour de Roldán Main Antagonist
2004-05 Soñar no Cuesta Nada Roberta Pérez de Lizalde Main Antagonist
2008-09 Cuidado con el ángel Onelia Montenegro vda. de Mayer Antagonist
2010 Zacatillo, un lugar en tu corazón Miriam Solorzano de Gálvez Main Antagonist
2014 La Gata Lorenza Negrete de Martínez Main Antagonist

Awards & Nominations[edit]

TVyNovelas Awards[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
1988 Best Female Antagonist Rosa Salvaje Won
1993 María Mercedes
2011 Best First Actress Zacatillo, un lugar en tu corazón Nominated

Premios People en Español[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2009 Best Female Antagonist Cuidado con el ángel Nominated

Premios de la Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales (APT)[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2010 Silvia Pinal Awards for Best Actress 12 Mujeres en Pugna Won[4]

Premios de la Asociación de Cronistas y Periodistas Teatrales (ACPT)[edit]

Year Category Theatrical Performance Result
2010 Best Actress in Monologue No seré feliz, pero tengo marido Won[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In most of the verifiable sources appears 1956 as year of her birth, however this is very disputed, since between her and her sister, the famous singer and actress Thalía, there are 19 years of difference, and the Thalía's year of birth is 1971, according to most sources.
  2. ^ Laura and Thalia on their mother's funeral
  3. ^ "The Americas: Mexico: Kidnapped Writer Freed". The New York Times. 29 October 2002. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ VIP Latino "Silvia Navarro nominada los Premios APT"
  5. ^ Premios ACPT a lo mejor de 2010