Ana María Orozco

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Orozco and the second or maternal family name is Aristizábal.
Ana María Orozco
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Born Ana María Orozco Aristizábal
(1973-07-04) July 4, 1973 (age 43)
Bogotá, Colombia
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Colombian
Occupation Television actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Julián Arango (1999 - 2000)
Martín Quaglia (2005 - 2012)
Children 2
Parent(s) Luis Fernando Orozco
Carmenza Aristizábal
Relatives Verónica Orozco (sister)

Ana María Orozco Aristizábal (born 4 July 1973) is a Colombian movie, theatre and television actress who is notable for her portrayal as Betty in the telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea. In 2001, Orozco won the award for International Female Personality of the Year (Figura internacional femenina del año) at the New York Latin ACE Awards and in 2002, won the award for Actress of the Year (Actriz del año) at the INTE Award for her performance in the telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Orozco is the daughter of actor Luis Fernando Orozco and radio announcer Carmenza Aristizábal. She is also the older sister of actress Verónica Orozco (b. 1979) and Juliana. In April 1999, Orozco married actor Julian Arango, but the marriage lasted only 10 months. Since 2004, she has lived in Bogotá, Colombia. From 2005 to 2012, she was married to Argentine musician Martín Quaglia. Quaglia and Orozco have two daughters, Lucrecia (b. 11 June 2004 in Bogotá, Colombia) and Mia (b. February, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina).[2]


Ana María Orozco made her television debut as a child alongside her father, Luis Fernando Orozco in La envidia (1973), but her career began in earnest a decade later with the series Pequeños Gigantes (1983). One of her most memorable performances was as a secretary (Verônica Murillo) in Perro Amor (1998).[3] She is best known to fans around the world as the original Betty from the popular Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea (I am Betty, the ugly one) and its spinoff Eco moda. Her role on Betty La Fea and the character's unattractive/ugly duckling trademark has inspired several international versions, including the Mexican serial La fea más bella and the critically acclaimed American smash hit Ugly Betty. According to The New York Times, the original version itself become one of the world's most popular television shows.[4]




Year Title Role
1973/4 La envidia Nana
1991 Sangre de Lobos Belinda
1993 La potra zaina Magdalena Ahumada
1995 Flor de Oro Anita
1996 La huella de tus besos Lucía
1997 Tiempos difíciles Maestra Sarita
1998 Perro Amor Verónica Murillo
1999/2001 Yo soy Betty, la fea Beatriz Aurora Pinzón Solano
2014 Somos familia Manuela Paz/Ramona

Series / Miniseries[edit]

Year Title Role
1983 Pequeños Gigantes
1987 Imagínate
1988 Don Camilo
Generación 21
1990 Los duros en acción
1994 Almas de piedra Claudia
1995 O todos en la cama
2001/2 Ecomoda Beatriz Pinzón de Mendoza
2006 Mujeres Asesinas: "Mara, Alucinada" Mara
2007 Mujeres Asesinas: "Helena, Monja" Helena
2006/7 Amas de Casa Desesperadas 1 Susana Martínez
2007/8 Amas de Casa Desesperadas 2 Susana Martínez
2008 Oportunidades Celia
2011 Los Únicos Gabriela Montillo
Historias de la primera vez: "La primera vez que te pedí algo" Verónica
2012 Mi problema con las mujeres Verónica Belforte
2012/13 Ciclo: "Cine para enamorarse" Clara


Year Title Role
2003 El Colombian Dream Nicole
2006 El Ratón Pérez Pilar


Year Title Role
2002 Muelle Oeste Monique

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Shock Award (Colombia) Best Young Actress Perro Amor Won
Simón Bolívar (Colombia) Best actress cast Perro Amor Won
2000 India Catalina Awards (Colombia) Best Actress Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
2 de Oro (Venezuela) Best International Actress Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
TV Grama (Chile) Best International Actress Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
TV Elenco (Colombia) Best Actress Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
2001 TV y Novelas (Colombia) Best Lead Actress in a novel Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
New York Latin ACE Awards International Female Personality of the Year Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
2002 Grupo Editorial Correos (Spain) TV Personality of the Year Yo soy Betty, la fea Won
INTE Award Actress of the Year Yo soy Betty, la fea Won


  1. ^ (Spanish) Premios INTE para varios argentinos Estilo. (June, 2002). Retrieved on 2013-12-04.
  2. ^ (Spanish) Sorpresivo amor de novela: "Betty la fea" consiguió un novio argentino Diario Veloz. (July, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-12-04.
  3. ^ (Spanish) ANA MARIA OROZCO SERA UNA VISITA DISTINGUIDA Archived December 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. TANDIL CORTOS. Retrieved on 2013-12-04.
  4. ^ ABC Brings ‘Ugly Betty’ to America New York Times.

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