Laura Zapata

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Laura Zapata
Laura Guadalupe Zapata Miranda

(1954-07-31) 31 July 1954 (age 64)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesLaura Zapata de Sodi, la hermana de Thalía
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1974-present
Spouse(s)Juan Eduardo Sodi de la Tijera (divorced)
Parent(s)Yolanda Miranda Mange[2]
Guillermo Zapata Pérez de Utrera
RelativesThalía (maternal half-sister)
Camila Sodi (niece)

Laura Guadalupe Zapata Miranda (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlauɾa ɣwaðaˈlupe saˈpata miˈɾanda] born 31 July 1954) is a retired Mexican telenovela actress, singer and dancer. She has acted in Televisa productions.


Born in Mexico City, Zapata 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 embarrassed half-sister of music superstar Thalía, Federica, Gabriela and Ernestina Sodi, a well-known writer, and biographer. She has two sons, 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 she is for her antagonist roles.


In September 2002, Laura and her sister Ernestina were supposedly 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, her half-sister, 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]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Alas doradas Unknown role Debut film
1978 El patrullero 777 Señorita en delegación
1979 La guerra de los pasteles Azucena
1980 Nuestro juramento Nancy
1981 La cosecha de mujeres Unknown role
2002 Cuatro piernas Sole
2012 Marcelo Señora Martha


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Mundo de juguete Unknown role
1977 La venganza Violeta
1977 Acompáñame Karla
1978 Mamá campanita Irene
1980 Juventud Modesta
1984 Los años felices Flora
1987–88 Rosa salvaje Dulcina Linares
1992 María Mercedes Malvina del Olmo
1995 Pobre niña rica Teresa
1997 Esmeralda Fátima Linares de Peñarreal
1998 La usurpadora Zoraida Zapata
1999 Rosalinda Verónica del Castillo
2001 Mujer bonita Celia 10 episodes
2001 La intrusa Maximiliana Limantur de Roldán
2005 Soñar no cuesta nada Roberta Pérez de Lizalde
2008–09 Cuidado con el ángel Onelia Montenegro Vda. de Mayer
2010 Zacatillo, un lugar en tu corazón Doña Miriam Solórzano de Gálvez
2013 Todo incluido Luz María González
2014 The Stray Cat Lorenza Negrete de Martínez
2017 El Bienamado Bruna Mendoza

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1988 TVyNovelas Awards Best Female Antagonist Rosa Salvaje Won
1993 María Mercedes
2011 Best First Actress Zacatillo, un lugar en tu corazón Nominated
2009 Premios People en Español Best Female Antagonist Cuidado con el ángel
2010 Premios de la Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales (APT)[4] Silvia Pinal Awards for Best Actress 12 Mujeres en Pugna Won
Premios de la Asociación de Cronistas y Periodistas Teatrales (ACPT)[5] Best Actress in Monologue No seré feliz, pero tengo marido


  1. ^ In most of the verifiable sources appears 1954 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 Archived 2014-03-18 at the Wayback Machine

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