María Antonieta de las Nieves
|María Antonieta de las Nieves|
|Born||María Antonieta Gómez Rodríguez
December 22, 1950
Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
María Antonieta Gómez Rodríguez (born December 22, 1950), more commonly known by her stage name María Antonieta de las Nieves, is a Mexican actress, comedienne, and singer. Her best remembered role is that of La Chilindrina, one of the main characters of the Televisa sitcom El Chavo del Ocho.
De las Nieves' film debut was at the age of 7 in the film, Pulgarcito (1957), starring Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito'. A year later, she was cast as in a minor role in the first Mexican telenovela, Senda prohibida (1958) starring Silvia Derbez.
Prior to her work with Chespirito, she was a voice-over actress for Televisa. Among the many characters she dubbed for, the most recognizable are "Dorothy Gale" in The Wizard of Oz, "Eddie Munster" in The Munsters, and "Wednesday Addams" and "Pugsley Addams" in The Addams Family.
De las Nieves became famous as La Chilindrina in the Mexican Televisa television show, El Chavo del Ocho. She was also the lead actress on El Chapulín Colorado until 1973, when she left and Florinda Meza took over the role. She was a voice-over actress at Televisa, when Chespirito heard her talk. Thinking her voice was perfect for the Chilindrina character, he offered her a job at his new show, and she accepted. Both El Chavo.. and El Chapulín... became hits across Latin America, in New Zealand and the United States, as well as various other countries where the program was translated into local languages. The casts of Chavo and Chapulín toured extensively whilst the show was on; after cancellation of the show's filming in Mexico, its actors continued travelling, and the show continued to be featured in many Latin American countries (in the United States it is still, as of 2014, shown). She was also the Voice of Vanellope von Schweetz in the Spanish Dub of Wreck-it Ralph.
In 1997, she was cast as the lead in Aqui esta la Chilindrina, in which she lives in a convent with various nuns and orphan girls. It had big success. She played Dulce Amado, an elderly aunt on the Telemundo telenovela Dame Chocolate (2007). In 2012, de las Nieves participated as a contestant in Univision's third season of Mira Quién Baila.
María Antonieta de las Nieves was able to win a legal battle over Chespirito in 2003, one that gives her permission to act as La Chilindrina in public whenever she wants to, and grants her rights over the character she played. Chespirito owns the rights to most of the characters of the shows he created, which led some of the actors like Rubén Aguirre and Carlos Villagrán to move to Argentina at separate points of their careers to revive the characters.
- Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers "N" and "O", Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- María Antonieta de las Nieves at the Internet Movie Database
- La Chilindrina – Official website
- Maria's bio @ Chespirito.org
- see Maria's work on the shows Chavo del 8 and others by Chespirito
- María Antonieta de las Nieves on Telemundo