María Conchita Alonso

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María Conchita Alonso

Alonso at LA Pride, June 12, 2011
Background information
Birth nameMaría Concepción Alonso Bustillo
Born(1957-06-29) June 29, 1957 (age 55)
OriginCienfuegos, Cuba
GenresLatin pop, Adult Contemporary, Dance-pop, Pop rock
OccupationsActress, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1971–present
Websitewww.mariaconchitaalonso.com
 
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María Conchita Alonso

Alonso at LA Pride, June 12, 2011
Background information
Birth nameMaría Concepción Alonso Bustillo
Born(1957-06-29) June 29, 1957 (age 55)
OriginCienfuegos, Cuba
GenresLatin pop, Adult Contemporary, Dance-pop, Pop rock
OccupationsActress, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1971–present
Websitewww.mariaconchitaalonso.com

María Conchita Alonso (born June 29, 1957), better known as María Conchita, is a Cuban-American three time Grammy Award–nominated singer/songwriter and actress.

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Early life

María Conchita Alonso was born María Concepción Alonso Bustillo in Cienfuegos, Cuba, the daughter of Ricardo Alonso and María Conchita Bustillo. Her family moved to Venezuela when she was five years old, in 1962. She had her first experience in show business when she was crowned Miss Teenager of the World in 1971, and was Miss World/Venezuela in 1975 where she became sixth runner-up in the Miss World pageant won by Puerto Rico's Wilnelia Merced; she quickly became a top model and a popular singer/actress in Venezuela.[citation needed]

Career

Alonso's first gold album and number one song in the charts was "Love Maniac" in 1979, her name as a singer back then was A'mbar, after that followed her second number 1 with "The Witch" and soon after "Dangerous Rhythm". In what is generally considered to be her best known song, she was asked by Giorgio Moroder to write the lyrics in Spanish and sing "Vamos a Bailar" which he had written to be part of the soundtrack for the film Scarface. The song instantly became a classic amongst Spanish speakers despite failing to garner any major attention outside of Cuba where it was recorded. As her two albums with Ambar and her solo debut were recorded in English, it was her second album "Maria Conchita" from 1984 that made her a singing star in the Spanish-speaking market, receiving a "Best Latin Artist" Grammy nomination for it in 1985[citation needed].

She made her Hollywood film debut in 1984 in Moscow on the Hudson with Robin Williams, and also starred in movies like The Running Man, Predator 2, The House of the Spirits, Vampire's Kiss, Colors and the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. She was one of the few Latin-born actress to star in a Broadway show in 1995, playing Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Alonso also acted in romantic comedies Chasing Papi (2003) and The Last Guy on Earth (2006).

According to the ABC site, she raised $20,000 for charity organizations such as the US Humane Society, the Global Medical Relief Fund, and the Venezuela Without Boundaries Foundation.[citation needed]

Alonso was cast to play Lucía, the mother of Gabrielle Solis, on the ABC hit show Desperate Housewives. The episode was aired on February 19, 2006. And she was also in the Latin version Amas de Casa Desesperadas for Univision Network. She was a guest star in the live-action film of the comic book, El Muerto, and appeared in the film Material Girls (2006).

Alonso hosted VH1's Viva Hollywood! on April 13, 2008 with Carlos Ponce. She portrayed Sam in the Werewolf horror film Wolf Moon, which was directed by Dana Mennie.[1]

Alonso recently shot Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem" coming out in 2013

Political views

Alonso is an outspoken critic of Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, whom she has described as a "dictator" like "Hitler,"[2] and those who vote and support him as "terrorists."[3] She has appeared on Sean Hannity's Hannity's America on May 6, 2007, Hannity & Colmes on June 1, 2007[2] and Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor on August 13, 2007 and March 11, 2009.

In the fall of 2008, Alonso endorsed the presidential campaign of Republican nominee John McCain, writing:[4]

As a Latina and a new American citizen, I believe in this country and its people, and I believe that we need more than just "change." We need a leader who can bring about the right kind of change, and John McCain has the experience and judgment necessary to lead us in these uncertain times. I grew up in Cuba and Venezuela, and I am appalled that Barack Obama apparently wants to emulate the "spread the wealth" economic policies of those countries and negotiate with their leaders.
—Maria Conchita Alonso

Maria issued an Open Letter to Sean Penn online on March 29, 2010 regarding his support of President Hugo Chávez. She uses a point-by-point refrain of "WHY" in her letter questioning various issues occurring in Venezuela.[5] In December 2011, she got into a heated exchange with Penn at a Los Angeles airport during which Penn called her a pig and she responded by calling Penn a communist.[6]

In August 2012, Maria stated her opposition to the reelection of President Obama, saying that if reelected he will make steps to make the United States become more like Venezuela under the Chávez government.[7]

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
1979Solon
1979EstefaníaSilvana CataldoTV series
1979Mabel Valdez, periodistaTV series
1980Natalia de 8 a 9Mariana BritoTV series
1980Mi hijo GabrielTV series
1981MarielenaTV series
1981AngelitoTV series
1981Luz MarinaLuz MarinaTV series
1981El Esposo de AnaísTV series
1982ClaudiaClaudiaTV series
1982Fantasy IslandFrench Girl1 episode
1982Knight RiderMarie Elena Casafranca1 episode
1984Nachoplaying herselfTV series
1984Moscow on the HudsonLucia Lombardo
1984Fear CitySilveras Maria Conchita
1986A Fine MessClaudia Pazzoaka Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess (USA: complete title)
1986Touch and GoDenise DeLeon
1987Il cugino americanoCaterina Ammiratiaka Blood Ties (USA: TV title)
1987Extreme PrejudiceSarita Cisneros
1988The Running ManAmber Mendez
1988Con el Corazón en la Mano
1988ColorsLouisa Gomez
1989One of the BoysMaria Conchita Navarro1 episode
1989Vampire's KissAlva Restrepo
1990Predator 2Leona Cantrell
1991Cuerpos clandestinos (TV)Claudia
1991McBainChristina
1992Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV)Carmenaka Power Play: The Jackie Presser Story (UK: video title)
1993RoostersChata
1993The House of the SpiritsTránsito Soto
1994Alejandra TV seriesAlejandra
1994Texas (TV)Luciaaka James A. Michener's Texas
1994MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice (TV)Cindy Evans
1996CaughtBettyaka Atrapados (USA: Spanish title)
1996For Which He StandsTheresa Rochetti
1996Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus#17Marta Caldwell
1997Women: Stories of PassionSophia1 episode
1997Chicago HopeEmma Scull2 episodes
1997Robert Altman's GunMarti1 episode
1997Catherine's GroveCharley Vasquez
1997F/X: The SeriesElena Serrano2 episodes
1997Acts of BetrayalEva Ramirez
1998ExposéNancy Drakeaka Footsteps (Philippines: English title) (USA: working title)
1998BlackheartAnnette
1998The NannyConcepcion Sheffield1 episode
1998The Outer LimitsMarie Alexander1 episode
1998El Grito en el cieloMiranda Vegaaka Shout Out (USA: festival title)
1998My Husband's Secret Life (TV)Toni Diaz
1999Touched by an AngelDr. Sandra Pena1 episode
1999Dillinger in ParadiseLola
2000Chain of CommandVice President Gloria Valdez
2000KnockoutCarmen Alvarado
2000A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle (TV)Gloria
2000Best Actress (TV)Maria Katarina Caldone
2000High Noon (TV)Helen Ramirez
2000Twice in a LifetimeKat Lopez1 episode
2000The Princess & the Barrio Boy (TV)Minerva Rojasaka She's in Love (UK)
2001The Code ConspiracyRachel
2001Resurrection Blvd.Julia Hernandez3 episodes
2001Birth of BabylonLupe Velez
2002Blind HeatAdrianna Scott
2002Robbery Homicide DivisionClaudia1 episode
2003The Company You KeepVera
2003Kingpin (TV mini-series)Ariela
2003Heart of AmericaMrs. Jonesaka Home Room (Australia)
2003Chasing PapiMaria
2003Newton's Law
2004Return to BabylonLupe Velez
2004CSI: MiamiMarisela Gonzalez1 episode
2005English as a Second LanguageConsuelo Sara
2005La Academia USAJudge
2005SmokeAurora Avila
2006Desperate HousewivesLucia1 episode
2006Material GirlsInez
2007The Dead OneSister Rosa
2007The Condor (V)Mrs. Valdez (voice)aka Stan Lee Presents: The Condor (USA: DVD box title)
2007Saints & SinnersDiana Martin62 episodes
2008Richard IIIQueen Elizabeth
2008TrancedLibra
2008The Art of TravelMrs. Layne
2008The Red Canvas (post-production)Maria Sanchez
2008Trópico de Sangre (filming)
2008Two Minutes Of Hate (announced)Dos minutos de odio
2008Unauthorized Clifford (announced)Des-Autorizado (Venezuela: wide-release title)
2009Maneater (miniseries)Alejandra AlpertTwo episodes
2009Dark Moon RisingSheriff Sam.
2009SpreadRich woman from the pool
2012Lords of Salem

Radio

Discography

Singles

YearSongHot Latin SongsAlbum
1987"Sueltame"22Grandes Éxitos
1987"Otra Mentira Más"24Mírame
1988"Y Es Que Llegaste Tú"5
1990"Hazme Sentir"24Hazme Sentir
1991"A Él Lo Quiero"35
1993"Promesas"20Imagíname

References

  1. ^ "Wolf Moon DVD Art and Special Features Revealed". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-04-14. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/36959/wolf-moon-dvd-art-and-special-features-revealed. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "All those people are Chavistas, all those people are controlled by Chavez... So they say what Chavez wants them to say... No, he was not elected democratically. The first time he was elected democratically, but the last two time[s], the referendum and this last month of December, he was not." Hannity & Colmes, Fox News. June 2007.
  3. ^ Geraghty, James. "After Watching Her Speak, Giuliani Was an Afterthought," National Review Online. May 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Press office. Maria Conchita Alonso Endorses John McCain JohnMcCain.com, October 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Open Letter to Sean Penn". Mediaite.com. 2010-03-29. http://www.mediaite.com/online/actress-maria-conchita-alonso-writes-open-letter-to-sean-penn-on-venezuela/. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Where Washington Comes To Talk Now on 105.9FM!". WMAL. http://wmal.com/Article.asp?id=2357687. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  7. ^ Noel Sheppard (9 August 2012). "Maria Conchita Alonso: Obama Reelection Moves U.S. Towards Becoming Chavez's Venezuela". News Busters. Media Research Center. http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/08/09/maria-conchita-alonso-obamas-reelection-moves-us-towards-becoming-cha. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 

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