100 grandes actrices españolas

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Concha Velasco
Concha Velasco studied dancing and became an actress in a revue with Celia Gámez. In 1954 she made her film debut with roles in several minor films. At the end of the regime of dictator Francisco Franco she worked with director Pedro Olea, among others, in higher-quality films, such as Torment and Pim, Pam, Pum... Fire!...
 
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Carmen Maura
Actress, Volver
Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV productions. Although she played dramatic roles...
 
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Aurora Bautista
Actress, La tía Tula
At a young age she went to Barcelona where she studied theater in the "Instituto del Teatro" with Marta Grau. She debuted in theater in 1944 in Barcelona and in 1948 in the "Teatro Espanol de Madrid". She married a Mexican medical doctor, temporarily interrupting her career. In 1967 she came back to Spain and started working again.
 
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Carmen Sevilla
Born on October 6, 1930 in Seville, popular Spanish entertainer Carmen Sevilla is better regarded as a dancer and singer than for her output of films, most of them, especially her later ones, seldom testing her abilities. Starting very young, she made her movie debut in grand style with the musical...
 
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Imperio Argentina
Actress, Tata mía
Spanish actress. Parents: Antonio Nile (guitar player) and Rosario del Río. She was born during an artistic tournee of her parents in Argentina. She lived in Málaga till she the age of 12. There she studied dance. When she was 12 years old, she debuted in the comedy theatre of Buenos Aires with the help of Pastora Imperio who calls her Petite Imperio...
 
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Maribel Verdú
Maribel Verdú was born on October 2, 1970 in Madrid, Spain as María Isabel Verdú Rollán. She is an actress, known for Snow White, Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mamá También. She is the older sister of twins Marina and Carlota and she has been married to Pedro Larrañaga since September 1999.
 
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Julia Gutiérrez Caba
Actress, Los Serrano
Parents: Emilio Gutierrez (actor) and Irene Caba Alba (actress). Sister of Emilio (actor) and Irene (actress). She debuted in theater in 1951 and in cinema in 1960. She is married to the theater director Manuel Collado.
 
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Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril (born Victoria Mérida Rojas; 4 July 1959) is a Spanish film actress and singer. She is best known to international audiences for her performance in the movie "¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)" by director Pedro Almodóvar. Born in Madrid, Abril became widely known in Spain in 1976 when she appeared for two years in the show "Un, dos, tres...
 
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Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
 
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Lola Gaos
Actress, Tristana
She goes to South America with her family in 1939 after the Spanish Civil War. There she begins her artistic career and follows in Spain in the theater companies of Mary Carrillo, Guillermo Marín and Mercedes Prendes. She has been one of the best supporting actresses of the Spanish cinema.
 
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Marisol
Actress, Carmen
Spanish actress and singer. She was discovered by her future producer Manuel J. Goyanes in an exhibition of the "Coros y Danzas de Málaga" in TVE in 1959. Her debut in cinema was in 1960. She complemented her activity in cinema with records, recitals and TV-shows.
 
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Charo López
After having studied philosophy and philology Lopez went to the "Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia de Madrid" and studied interpretation. The first part of her filmography was mainly made by young directors until she was discovered by Gonzalo Suárez ("Diatrambo (1967)") with whom she worked again once in a while after that...
 
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Ana Torrent
Actress, Tesis
 
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Paz Vega
Actress, Sex and Lucia
Actress Paz Campos Trigo was born in Seville, Spain, to a bullfighter father. She has been based in Los Angeles since 2008. She has starred in dozens of films in Europe and North America. After six successful seasons as Laura in "Seven Lives" (Telecinco,) one of Spain's longest running sitcoms, the young Seville born actress makes her leap to the big screen...
 
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Emma Suárez
Actress, Julieta
Made her first film when she was 15 and from then on shared her time between studying dramatic art and performing in plays, films and TV productions. However it was not until the 1990s that she began to make her worthiest appearances in films directed by Julio Medem (Vacas, La Ardilla Roja and Tierra)...
 
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Rafaela Aparicio
Rafaela Aparicio was born in 1906, the daughter of a merchant ship pilot. She began her career on stage in 1931 at age 23 in the play "El conflicto de Mercedes" after having worked for a few years as a teacher. She is a symbol for the Andalusian woman, smart and happy. With The Sea and the Weather she won the Goya award as Best Actress. In total she has made more than 100 movies.
 
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Sara Montiel
Sara Montiel was born in the village of Campo de Criptana, province of Ciudad Real, in the region of Castille-La Mancha, Spain. Her parents were Isidoro Abad, a peasant, and Maria Vicenta Fernández, a door-to-door beautician. The future star was christened Maria Antonia Alejandra Abad Fernández. Barely in her teens...
 
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Ana Duato
Actress, Cuéntame
 
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Carmen Machi
Actress, Aída
 
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Ariadna Gil
Born in January, 1969, she's the daughter of August Gil Matamala, a prestigious lawyer. Grew up studying singing, dancing and the violin. She even appeared occasionally singing with her two brothers in their banda named "Matamala". At 17, she appeared on the cover of an avant-garde Catalonian magazine and from there she began working in local theatre companies and on local Catalonian TV channels...
 
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Elena Anaya
Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in "Lucía y el sexo" (2001). Elena was born in Palencia, Spain, on July 17th, 1975. An active child, she excelled in karate and mountain climbing. By the time she was 17 Elena knew that she wanted to channel her energy into being an actress and enrolled in a drama course being given in her local town by actor Manuel Moron...
 
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Lola Dueñas
Actress, Volver
 
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Assumpta Serna
Actress, Borgia
Assumpta Serna was born in Barcelona, Spain. She studied Law but abandoned it for her real passion, acting. Her career has spanned over 103 films and TV projects in over 20 countries. She has won more than twenty best actress awards thought the world (Spain, France, Italy, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay...
 
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Irene Escolar
Irene Escolar, born in 1988 in Madrid, Spain, is the sixth generation of a family of actors. She trained in an acting school in Madrid for four years and did an intensive course in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. As well as her acting training she is finishing a degree in English language and literature...
 
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Teresa Gimpera
She begins as a model for TV and cinema spots. She debuts in cinema in 1965, working not only in Spain, but in France and Italy as well.
 
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Laly Soldevila
Born in 1933 in Barcelona. Her first artistic formation was acquired in the Spanish University Theater. She obtained great work triumphs like "La Celestina" or "El realquilado". Very characteristic voice, very popular through cinematographic casts, great comedian, although she interpreted with equal depth dramatic films...
 
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Lola Flores
Since very young she is famous as a dancer and singer of andalusian folklore. In 1939 she debuts in cinema in the role of a gipsy. Her greatest success is in folklore shows with Manolo Caracol as artistic partner till 1951. She marries in 1958 to the guitarrist Antonio González "El Pescaílla".
 
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María Asquerino
Actress, La comunidad
Parents: Mariano Asquerino (actor) and Eloísa Muro. She debuted in theater at 13 in San Sebastián, Spain. Later, she worked in the Compañía de Teatro de la Comedia de Madrid. She debuted in the cinema in 1941. She has also worked in TV.
 
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Rossy de Palma
Rossy De Palma was born September 16, 1964. She was discovered in 1986 by Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar at a café in Madrid. She appeared in several of his films: Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Broken Embraces, and two of which earned her two Goya nominations for performances in Kika and The Flower of My Secret.
 
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María Valverde
She began acting in 2002, when film director Manuel Martin Cuenca chose her from 3000 girls to be the lead actress in his film "The Bolshevik's Weakness". One year later, Maria's work impressed both the audience and the Spanish Film Academy, who awarded her with the Goya for Best Newcomer. Since then she has been working in Spain, Italy, UK, US, Mexico, Venezuela...
 
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Cecilia Roth
She moved to Spain with her father and her brother, Ariel Rot, in 1976 and started acting. Her first major role was in Iván Zulueta's Rapture. After appearing in Pedro Almodóvar's debut feature _Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)_ she kept working with him in Labyrinth of Passion...