Maria Conchita Alonso

Maria Conchita Alonso, a star in her own right, attained national and international recognition upon being crowned Miss Teenager of the World in 1971 and Miss Venezuela in 1975 for the Miss World contest. Since then she has excelled in both music and movie industries in Latin America and in the USA as a result of her natural beauty and given talent.

As an actress, Maria Conchita has made a significant contribution to the American movie industry by starring in eleven major motion pictures and performing with some of Hollywood's leading male actors. These include: Paul Mazursky's "Moscow On The Hudson" performing opposite Robin Wlliams; Dennis Hopper's controversial film "Colors" starring Robert Duval and Sean Penn; "Running Man" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Extreme Prejudice" with Nick Nolte; "Touch and Go" featuring Michael Keaton; "Blood Ties" with Brad Davis and Tony La Bianco; "A Fine Mess" with Ted Danson and Howie Mandel; "Vampire's Kiss" in which she starred opposite Nicholas Cage; "Predator II" opposite Danny Glover, Ruben Blades and Gary Busey; "McBain" with Christopher Walken. She co-starred with Brian Dennehy, Jeff Daniels and Eli Wallach in the HBO film, "Teamster Boss - The Jackie Presser Story" which was released in September, 1992. Her 1993 film projects include "House of the Spirits" (April, 1994 U.S. release), directed by Billie August and starring Glen Close, Merryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas and Jeremy Irons; "Roosters", a project for public television co-starring Edward James Olmos released in July, 1995 by I.R.S. Films; "McShayne", a movie of the week for NBC with Kenny Rogers televised in April, 1994); and "Texas", a four hour mini-series based on the book by James Michener for Spelling Television that aired in April, 1995.

Maria Conchita's most recent U.S. television project was the lead role in the NBC situation comedy "One Of The Boys". She has starred in ten daytime dramas shown all over Latin America and Spanish speaking television in the U.S.

As an entertainer, Ms. Alonso's musical career has kept pace with her film work. In 1988, she was nominated for a Grammy as Best Latin Pop Performance for the single "Otra Mentira Mas". This
was Ms. Alonso's second Grammy nomination, the first in 1985 for Best Latin Artist for the album "Maria Conchita", which was certified platinum internationally and her previous four albums, including "O Elle O Yo" went gold. Her 1991 album, "Hazme Sentir", received gold records in several countries. Her current album, "Imaginame" was co-produced by Maria Conchita, K.C. Porter, and Mari Spiro. In addition, she co-wrote seven of the eleven songs on the record. The album was released in Nov., 1992 by Sony Music and was nominated for a Grammy for best Latin pop album of 1993.

On March 2, 1990, Ms. Alonso received Hispanic Woman of the Year Award given to her by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation for her contribution to both the entertainment industry and to the Hispanic community. She is one of the most respected and admired performers in Latin America and in the U.S., this year she has been named "Hispanic Entertainer of the Year" for the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Maria Conchita's weekly 90 minute television variety show, "Picante", aired every Sunday evening (from Jan. 1992 - Jan. 1993) throughout Mexico. The show was conceived and shaped to showcase Maria Conchita's many talents, singing, dancing, acting, comedy, and interviewing. She was a co-producer of the show as well.

She starred in the Dela Fiallo written novela, "Alejandra" broadcast in every Spanish speaking country and which was the number 1 rated show in Spain in 1994. A record album of romantic ballads, all performed by Maria Conchita and produced by Armando Manzanero, was incorporated into the novela's story line. The novela's first airing was in February, 1994 and was broadcast in approximately 40 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with an expected audience in excess of 300,000,000 people. The record album was likewise to be licensed to major record distributors in all or most of those countries.

On March 20, 1995, Maria Conchita became the first Latin born actress to star on Broadway - she is playing "Aurora/Spider Woman" in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Broadhurst Theater through Sept. 20.

In May, 1995, (while performing 8 shows per week in "Spider Woman") she began filming the new Robert M. Young picture, "Caught" co- starring Edward James Olmos. Principal photography was completed in early July, 1995. Release of the film is scheduled for mid-1996.

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