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Celebrating Maria Conchita Alonso on Her Birthday

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Feliz Cumpleaños

Today in 1957 Cuban actress Maria Conchita Alonso was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba as Maria Conchita Alonso Bustillo and raised in Venezuela. The pint size beauty started her career as a beauty pageant contestant winning Miss Teenager World and Miss World/Venezuela . Alonso used her beauty as an entrée to a singing and acting career in Venezuela.

In 1982 Alonso left Venezuela a super star to try her hand in the U.S. She immediately found work on the big screen and Broadway while continuing her singing career.

Alonso received a Grammy nod for her second album “Maria Conchita” in 1984 and her Hollywood debut in “Moscow on the Hudson.” The multi-talented star also performed on Broadway in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”. Her role of Aurora in the play made history – Alonso became the first Latin American woman to star on Broadway.

The Cuban actress is recognized for her strong political views in opposition to oppressive regimes specifically the regimes of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. She has long supported U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s current President Nicolas Maduro.

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