Mónica Spear

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Mónica Spear
Beauty pageant titleholder
Monica-Spear.jpg
Born Mónica Spear Mootz
(1984-10-01)1 October 1984
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Died 6 January 2014(2014-01-06) (aged 29)
Near Puerto Cabello, Carabobo State, Venezuela
Alma mater University of Central Florida
Height

5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Hips: 90 cm (35.4 in)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Venezuela 2004 Mother Agency Mariela Centeno
Major
competition(s)
Miss Venezuela 2004
(winner)
Miss Universe 2005
(4th runner-up)
Spouse Thomas Henry Berry (m. 2008; div. 2012)
Children Maya Berry Spear

Mónica Spear Mootz (1 October 1984 – 6 January 2014) was a Venezuelan actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Venezuela 2004. She also represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005 where she finished as 4th runner-up.

Pageantry[edit]

Miss Venezuela 2004[edit]

During the Miss Venezuela 2004 pageant, Spear won the national crown and represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005.[1]

Miss Universe 2005[edit]

Spear made the top 15 after Ana Karina Áñez (Miss Venezuela 2003) failed to make the top 15 in Miss Universe 2004, which was the first time in 22 years that Venezuela failed to place.[2] Spear went on to place in the Top 5 after the evening gown and swimsuit competitions. During the final question round, she stumbled while answering the question given by Miss Mexico, Laura Elizondo, and eventually finished as 4th runner-up.

Personal life[edit]

Mónica Spear Mootz was born to Rafael Spear Tudares and Ingeborg Mootz Gotera.[3] Her maternal family emigrated from Germany,[4][5][6][7] and her paternal family has English ancestry.[7]

The Spear–Mootz family moved to Orlando, Florida in 2000 after her mother, Ingeborg, retired from her job with an oil company in Venezuela. Her father, Rafael, is a project engineer at Siemens Westinghouse.[8] Prior to being named the "fifth most beautiful woman in the universe,"[9] Spear completed a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Central Florida before returning to Venezuela to compete in the national pageant. Her participation in Miss Venezuela garnered notoriety when she was asked during the traditional "breakfast with press" the day after the pageant, because of her degree, which Venezuelan playwright she liked the most, to which she answered, "Gabriel García Márquez",[10] a Colombian writer. She crowned her Miss Venezuela successor, Jictzad Viña, on 15 September 2005.

Spear married a British businessman, Thomas Henry Berry (whose nationality was later misidentified as Irish) in June 2008. She gave birth to a daughter later that year.[11] The couple divorced in 2012, but remained friendly, and at the time of their death they were attempting to reconcile.[5][12] She was a naturalized United States citizen, resident in Miami, Florida.[13][14] She is a cousin of Jossie Nikita Marques Spear, a Venezuelan model. Spear was fluent in Spanish, English and French.[8]

Professional life[edit]

After modeling, Spear became one of the most successful actresses in Venezuela for her main roles in telenovelas.[15] Her first role as a protagonist was in the RCTV telenovela Mi Prima Ciela (My Cousin Ciela), in which she played a high-school student battling leukemia. The show was a success in Venezuela and other parts of South America, and it was televised in the US by TeleFutura. Spear held the starring role in Venevisión's telenovela La Mujer Perfecta in 2010, and recently had a lead role in Flor Salvaje; a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the Miami-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones. She had lived in Miami since she began working for Telemundo.[16]

Venezuelan channel Venevisión broadcast La Mujer Perfecta in honor of Spear and a foundation aid for people with Asperger Syndrome.[17] Same television special will Mónica Spear, led by the former Miss Venezuela, cheerleader and actress Mariangel Ruiz.[18]

Death[edit]

On 6 January 2014, Spear was in her native Venezuela on vacation with her ex-husband and their five-year-old daughter. On a highway in central Carabobo, when the three were inside their car waiting for assistance after the vehicle had broken down, Spear and her ex-husband were killed during an attempted robbery and their daughter shot and wounded in the leg. The police reported that the incident occurred around 9 or 10 p.m.[19][20] It has been theorized that the thieves tried to rob them and the couple resisted.[21][22]

On the initial suggestion that her former husband was Irish, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs was investigating the incident. However, local police said he was travelling on a British passport. The international media also highlighted the rising rate of crime in Venezuela.[23]

Investigation and aftermath[edit]

On 8 January 2014, seven people were arrested by the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC) for their alleged involvement in the murder. At the time of the arrest, the Venezuelan authorities also confiscated several items believed to have been owned by Spear and Berry.[24]

Spear's daughter has been in the care of her grandparents since her parents' death.[25] Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, provided a private jet to fly Spear's parents from Florida to Venezuela so they could be with their granddaughter. Maduro claims that soap operas were responsible for the couple's murder.[26]

After two years, all of the people that were involved in their murder have received sentences.[27] Three men were each sentenced to more than 30 years in prison also a Eva Armas Mejias received a 10 year sentence found to be the complice as well as other four people involved received sentences between 24 and 26 years for the murder of Monica Spear and her ex-husband.

Filmography[edit]

Year Project [28] Role Notes
2006 El Desprecio Tamara Campos Recurring role
2007 Mi prima Ciela[29] Graciela Andreína Zambrano Ávila "La Ciela" Lead role
2009 Calle luna, Calle sol María Esperanza Rodríguez Lead role
2010 Que el cielo me explique Violetta Robles Special participation
2010–11 La mujer perfecta Micaela Gómez Lead role
2011–12 Flor Salvaje Amanda Monteverde "Flor Salvaje" Lead role
2013 Pasión prohibida[30] Bianca Santillana Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 Premios 2 de Oro[31][32] New actress of the year El Desprecio Won
2008 El Galardón del Universo del Espectáculo[33] Best young lead actress Mi prima Ciela Won
2013 Premios Tu Mundo[34][35] Favorite Lead Actress Pasión prohibida Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gala de la Belleza 2004" (in Spanish). Bellezavenezolana.net. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Noticias de 19 October 2004". Bellezavenezolana.net. 26 October 1976. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Marcos Castillo (9 January 2014). "Velorio de Spear y su esposo será a partir de las 4 de la tarde". El Carabobeño (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Ana Ramos (7 January 2014). "Mónica Spear podría ser sepultada en Caracas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Tía de Mónica Spear asegura que estaba en proceso de reconciliación con Berry". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 7 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Abuela de Mónica Spear no se ha enterado que mataron a la actriz". Diario Contraste (in Spanish). 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Mónica Spear fue asesinada en vía Pto. Cabello-Valencia". El Telégrafo (in Spanish). Quito. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. «Aunque físicamente era de tez canela, Mónica era hija de un descendiente inglés y una alemana (Rafael Spear e Ingeborg Mootz).» Translation: Although physically (she) was swarthy, Mónica was the daughter of an English descendant and a German (Rafael Spear and Ingeborg Mootz). 
  8. ^ a b Curtis, Henry Pierson (7 January 2014). "Mónica Spear: UCF grad, former Miss Venezuela killed by armed robbers in Venezuela". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  9. ^ y/05/05/31/ultmo_155459.asp "Diario EL PAIS – Montevideo" Check |url= value (help). Elpais.com.uy. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Til_art_cul1" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Monica Mootz and Thomas Henry Berry murdered". January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "El trágico viaje de reconciliación de la Miss Venezuela". ABC (in Spanish). 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Venezuelan Actress Monica Spear Mootz and Ex-Husband Murdered". Channel 6 Miami. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Justice Vowed After Former Beauty Queen Monica Spear Slain in Front of Daughter". ABCNews. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mónica Spear fue galadronada" (in Spanish). Univision.com. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Monica Spear Dead". The Huffington Post. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Venevisión retransmitirá "La mujer perfecta" en honor a Spear". Notitarde. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Venevisión rendirá homenaje televisivo a Mónica Spear". Periódico 24. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Pierson, Henry. "Mónica Spear: UCF grad, former Miss Venezuela, killed by armed robbers". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Venezuelan soap star Monica Spear, husband murdered". Worldnews.nbcnews.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Sandra Guerrero/Tibisay Romero. "Asesinados la actriz Mónica Spear y su pareja" (in Spanish). El-nacional.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Staff. "Matan a balazos durante un asalto a una ex Miss Venezuela" (in Spanish). Clarin.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Former Miss Venezuela and ex-husband killed in robbery". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Suman 7 detenidos por asesinato de ex Miss venezolana". El Universal (Mexico City) (in Spanish). 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Gerard Couzens; Alasdair Baverstock; Paul Thompson (9 January 2014). "Five-year-old daughter of Miss Venezuela shot and killed by robbers doesn't know her parents are dead, family reveals". Daily Mail. London, UK/Orlando, Florida. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  26. ^ Webb, Sam (22 January 2014). "Double murder of Briton and his Venezuelan beauty queen wife is blamed on telenovelas by country's president". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Pena Maxima para asesinos de Monica Spear". Univision) (in Spanish). 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Biografía de Mónica Spear (Fotos)". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  29. ^ "Mónica Spear: La "Prima Ciela" de Venezuela (Fotos)". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  30. ^ "Jencarlos Canela y Mónica Spear protagonizan "Pasión Prohibida"". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  31. ^ "El 2 De Oro Minuto A Minuto...". zetaboards.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  32. ^ "Ganadores del "2 de Oro" celebraron con humor y música". Magazine Venezuela. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  33. ^ "Mi Prima Ciela" fue seleccionada como la Mejor Telenovela - Magazine Venezuela". Magazine Venezuela. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  34. ^ "Listado completo de finalistas Premios Tu Mundo 2013" (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (fotos)". Huffington Post (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Trinidad and Tobago Danielle Jones
Miss Universe 4th runner-up
2005
Succeeded by
United States Tara Conner
Preceded by
Lara, Venezuela Ana Karina Áñez
Miss Venezuela
2004
Succeeded by
Sucre, Venezuela Jictzad Viña
Preceded by
Marjorie Olivares
Miss Guárico
2004
Succeeded by
Lorena Sánchez de León