Moria Casán

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Moria Casán
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Casán at a drag show, May 2015
Born Ana María Casanova
(1946-08-16) August 16, 1946 (age 69)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Residence Parque Leloir, Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina[1]
Ethnicity Italian Argentine
Occupation Actress, presenter, theatre producer, TV personality, talent manager
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Mario Castiglione (1986-1990)
Children 1
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Ana María Casanova (born August 16, 1946), known by her stage name Moria Casán, is an Argentine actress and TV personality. Casán made her theatre debut in 1970, and quickly became one of the country's leading vedettes during Argentina's Golden Age of revue. Her sex symbol status was further cemented during the late 1970s and 1980s, as she starred in various sexual comedy films alongside Alberto Olmedo, Jorge Porcel and Susana Giménez. Since the mid-1980s, Casán has also established herself as an important TV personality, hosting various sketch comedy programs and talk shows throughout the years.

Casán remains a popular figure in Argentine showbusiness. Her insult comedy and off-color humor, popularized through her usual feuds with other media personalities, has generated various phrases that are now part of the national lexicon. Her flamboyant diva attitude has also made her one of Argentina's most popular gay icons, and a fixture in national gay culture.[2][3] Her only daughter, Sofía Gala, is also an actress.


Casán in the 1970s.

Casán was born in Buenos Aires. Following in the footsteps of Argentine revue diva Nélida Roca, Moria Casán became a stage sex symbol and chorus girl. She started as a dancer but immediately acquired major roles due to her versatility, powerful voice and on-screen presence. She worked with outstanding revue actors during the 1970s, such as Adolfo Stray, Don Pelele, Pablo Barbieri, Juan Verdaguer, and José Marrone. She was the first revue girl to demand to leave sexual comments directed at her person off the stage, and to be placed at an equal level with a man. This significant change revolutionized the revue genre locally, and numerous prospective female stars took their cues from Casán in subsequent years.[4]

Moria Casan was asked to express her opinion about a wide spectrum of topics in most of the country's leisure magazines. She became known for her musical shows and on television as a TV hostess and producer. She was the first to have the protagonist role in music halls on TV, both as dancer and actress. Most of her film career has been made up of picaresque comedies, acting with well-known comedians as Alberto Olmedo, Jorge Porcel, and her friend, Susana Giménez. She married fellow actor Mario Castiglione in 1986, with whom she had a daughter, and, following an acrimonious divorce, remarried with Luis Vadalá.[5]

Casán became among the most recognizable figures in Argentine television, and hosted numerous local variety shows since Monumental Moria in 1989, including A la cama con Moria in the early 1990s (in which guests were interviewed in a suggestively ample, round bed), Amor y Moria (Love and Moria) in the late '90s, and her 2000 talk show, Entre Moria y Vos (Between Moria and You).[6] She has also apperaed in the theatre, notably in Sebastián Moncada's Brujas (Witches), between 1991 and 1996. Casán ran a much-publicized, though unsuccessful, 2005 campaign for a seat in the lower house of Argentina's National Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, on the Movimiento Federal de Centro, a new center-right party she created.[5]

After many years in the entertainment industry, Moria evolved into a "show woman" – a Latin American term for a woman who can actually perform, rather than being a mere sex symbol – based on her multi-faceted talent and a peculiar phrasing that became popular among people of all ages. Her later appearances included those in the popular sitcom, Doble vida, and in recurring seasons of Bailando por un Sueño (Dancing for a Dream), where she appeared between 2006 and 2008 as a contest judge. Remaining active in the theatre, in 2009 she performed in Une visite inopportune, by local playwright Copi, and directed by the French dramatist Stéphan Druet. She has also established a restaurant and an actors' and dancing school, the Escuela de Arte Moria Casán.

Among the phrases she popularized are '¿Quiénes son?' (Who are you) "si queres llorar, llorá" (if you want to cry, cry), "a-hora!" (right now!), "te lo pido por favor!" (I am asking you please!), "se colgaron de nuevo" (they're hung-up again), and more recently "what pass? quá pasa papi?" ('what pass,' what's happening daddy?) or "cuando fumo me siento una geisha" (when i smoke i feel like a geisha) among many, many others.[7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Los doctores las prefieren desnudas Patient who gets injection
1973 Los caballeros de la cama redonda Olga
1974 Clínica con música
1977 El gordo catástrofe Linda Winters
1978 Con mi mujer no puedo
1978 Encuentros muy cercanos con señoras de cualquier tipo
1979 Expertos en pinchazos Fabiana
1980 Así no hay cama que aguante
1980 Los hijos de López
1980 A los cirujanos se les va la mano Moria Monteverde
1981 Las mujeres son cosa de guapos "La mendocina"
1981 Amante para dos Mónica Méndez
1981 Te rompo el rating Moria Gutiérrez
1981 Un terceto peculiar Sonia Dupont
1983 Se acabó el curro
1985 El telo y la tele Moria
1986 Brigada explosiva contra los ninjas Margarita Zavaleta
1986 Brigada explosiva Margarita Zavaleta
1993 Funes, un gran amor
2011 Cruzadas Juana Pérez Roble Also executive producer


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