Gabriela Spanic

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Gabriela Spanic
Gaby Spanic en Guanajuato, México (cropped).jpg
Born Gabriela Elena Spanic Utrera
(1973-12-10) December 10, 1973 (age 44)
Ortiz, Guarico State, Venezuela
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Venezuelan
Other names Gaby Spanic
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Miguel de Léon (m. 1996–2002)
Children 1

Gabriela Elena Španić Utrera (born December 10, 1973), known simply as Gabriela Spanic, is a Venezuelan actress and singer. She's known for her roles in several Latin telenovelas, most notably her portrayal of twins in La usurpadora (1998), one of the most popular telenovelas in the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanic has been signed to Televisa, Telemundo and TV Azteca.

Early life[edit]

Spanic was born in Caracas and raised in Ortiz, to Croatian father Casimiro Spanic and Venezuelan mother Elise Spanic. She has a twin sister, Daniela Spanic,[1] one younger sisters, Patricia, and a younger brother, Antonio. She studied Psychology in Caracas at Andrés Bello Catholic University for a year but left university to pursue an acting career.

Career[edit]

Spanic's career started in 1992 when she joined the Miss Venezuela contest, representing her home state, Guárico, which served as a platform to launch her acting career, with appearances in Venezuelan telenovelas such as Morena Clara, where she portrayed the villain Linda Prado.

In 1994, Spanic had her first leading role in the telenovela Como Tu Ninguna, which aired for two years and became one of the largest novelas of the country and had an enormous success, including internationally.

After playing Amaranta in Todo por tu Amor (1997), Spanic moved to Mexico, where she acted in La usurpadora (1998), portraying twins Paola and Paulina, which came to worldwide success when the novela was transmitted to more than 125 countries around the world and became one of the 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.

In 2000 Gabriela Spanic co-hosted the OTI Festival in its last edition, which was held in Acapulco.

Spanic acted in other Televisa productions such as Por Tu Amor (1999), and La intrusa (2001), before signing with Telemundo, starring in La venganza (2002), Prisionera (2004) and Tierra de pasiones (2006).

Spanic 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.

In 2010, Spanic worked with Televisa again when she played the antagonist of Soy tu Dueña. As of 2011, Spanic is signed to TV Azteca, and has worked in Emperatriz (2011), La otra cara del alma (2012) and Siempre tuya Acapulco (2014).

Personal life[edit]

Spanic was married to actor Miguel de León from 1998 to 2002. She and her ex-boyfriend have a son, Gabriel de Jesús (born 2008).

Filmography[edit]

Television, television films and series
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Mundo de fieras Unknown
1992 La loba herida Unknown
1992 Divina obsesión Unknown
1993 Rosangélica Carla
1994 María Celeste Celina Hidalgo
1994 Morena Clara Linda Prado
1994 Como tú, ninguna Gilda Barreto
1996 Quirpa de tres mujeres Emiliana Echeverría Salazar
1997 Todo por tu amor Petra Josefina Marcano / Amaranta Rey
1998–99 La usurpadora Paola Bracho Montaner / Paola Bracho Martinez/ Paulina Bracho Martinez
1998 Más allá de la usurpadora Paulina Bracho Martinez Television film
1999 Por tu amor Aurora de Montalvo / María del Cielo Montalvo de Durán
2001 La intrusa Virginia Martínez Roldán de Junquera Brito
2002 La venganza Valentina Díaz / Helena Fontana
2004 Prisionera Guadalupe Santos
2005–07 Decisiones Daniela / Mariela 2 episodes
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
2014 Siempre tuya Acapulco Fiscal Fernanda Montenegro

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