September 6, 1968 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Occupation||Actress, hostess, singer|
Menchaca was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Dolores Menchaca, director of The National Mexican Ballet Folklorica. Menchaca attended University La Salle in Mexico City where she majored in law.
At the age of 15, she joined the National Ballet of Mexico and traveled the world as a feature ballerina. She joined the singing group "Las Nenas" at the age of 19, and was their lead vocalist for nearly 15 years.
In 1999, Las Nenas were traveling the United States where she got the attention of KRCA Channel 62 (Los Angeles TV) who was launching an afternoon show and wanted Menchaca as the host. After a lot of convincing by Channel 62 she gave up the singing group and moved with her two daughters to live in Los Angeles and host the show Los Angeles en Vivo. During the five years that she was host to the unscripted and live show she interviewed personalities such as Chayanne, David Copperfield, John Leguizamo, Lupillo and Jenni Rivera. Singer Adán Sánchez's first TV appearance was on her show and a regular guest.
In 2004, Promofilm, a content supplier to Telemundo recruited Menchaca to host the show 12 Corazones (12 Hearts) a dating game that combines astrology with games. The show debuted December 2004 on Telemundo local station Channel 22.
In January 2006, the show was picked up by Televisa Mexico with 3 shows a day being aired. The show also began to be transmitted to Colombia, Panama, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
In August 2009, 12 Corazones: Rumbo al Altar began as a one-hour, weekend spin-off of Telemundo's weekday daytime game show "12 Corazones". Also hosted by Penelope Menchaca, the show features 12 engaged partners (6 couples) competing for weekly prizes to jump-start their lives together and a chance to win the grand prize of a dream wedding.
In August 2011 Televisa selected Penelope to be the host of their version of Minute To Win It, to air on Sundays April 2012. 12 Corazones is slated to start its 8th season in March 2012
In 2010, Menchaca authored a Spanish language book entitled "El Arte Del Cuchiplancheo" (English translation: "The Art of the Hanky Panky"). In her book, Menchaca provides tips for the "... enjoyment of erotic nature and sensuality: making love without inhibitions and diving with unabashed joy into the world of erotic games and sizzling sex fantasies."
Menchaca who is divorced, was married for 11 years, and has two daughters, Yania and Natalia. Her older daughter Yania worked on 12 Corazones in the casting department for a year before entering college.
Menchaca has a collection of macabre and diabolical looking dolls, including a replica of “Chucky” from the Child's Play movies. Her favourite football team is Club América from her hometown of Mexico City.
Menchaca has admitted to having had a breast lift. Despite her sexy and flirtatious on screen persona on 12 Corazones, Menchaca claims to be rather conservative when it comes to relationships, and has only been with 5 men her entire life.
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- Menchaca, Penélope (2010). El Arte Del Cuchiplancheo (The Art of the Hanky Panky). Aguilar Publishing. p. 190. ISBN 978-607-11-0281-2.
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