María Conchita Alonso
María Conchita Alonso
|Birth name||María Concepción Alonso Bustillo|
|Born||June 29, 1957|
|Genres||Latin pop, Adult contemporary, Dance-pop, Pop rock|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, singer, songwriter|
María Concepción Alonso Bustillo (born June 29, 1957), better known as María Conchita Alonso, is a Cuban-born Venezuelan-American actress, singer, songwriter, former beauty queen, and philanthropist.
Throughout her career, she has participated in multiple productions both in film and on television, having been nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Leading Actress in 1996 for her role in Caught. As a singer, she has received several gold and platinum records, and has been nominated three times for the Grammy Awards.
María Conchita Alonso was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, on June 29, 1957 to Ricardo Alonso, and Conchita Bustillo, Her family moved to Venezuela when she was five years old, in 1962, after the Cuban Revolution. She had her first experience in show business when she was crowned Miss Teenager 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.
Alonso's first gold album and number one song on the charts was Love Maniac, released in 1979 under the name Ámbar. After that followed her second number one with "The Witch" and soon after "Dangerous Rhythm". For what is considered 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 for the soundtrack of the film Scarface. The song instantly became a classic amongst Spanish speakers despite failing to garner major attention outside of Cuba where it was recorded. Her two albums with Ámbar and her solo debut were recorded in English. It was her second album María Conchita from 1984 that made her an international singing star in the Spanish-speaking market, receiving her first out of three Grammy Award nominations (1985, 1988, 1994).
Alonso made her Hollywood film debut in Moscow on the Hudson (1984) with Robin Williams, and also starred in movies like Touch and Go (1986) Extreme Prejudice (1987), The Running Man (1987), Colors (1988), Vampire's Kiss (1989), Predator 2 (1990) and The House of the Spirits (1993).
She was the first Latin-born actresses to star in a Broadway show in 1995, playing Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman. She later acted in romantic comedies like Chasing Papi (2003) and The Last Guy on Earth (2006).
Alonso was cast to play Lucía, the mother of Gabrielle Solis, on the ABC series Desperate Housewives. The episode was aired on February 19, 2006. She was 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 appeared in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, released in 2013. Her latest film, a fantasy short titled The Secret of Joy, features her alongside fellow Venezuelan actor Carlos Antonio León, Spanish actress Laura Bayonas and Brazilian actress Ana Carolina Da Fonseca in a story that aims to bring awareness about pediatric cancer.
Alonso has often spoken in support of LGBT rights and in appreciation to her LGBT fans, stating that "I was very much supported by the community when I first came out with my music". In a 2004 article, she compared herself to Cher in terms of her connection to LGBT culture.
Alonso was an outspoken critic of Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, whom she described as a "dictator"-like "Hitler" and whose voters and supporters she described as "terrorists." She appeared on Sean Hannity's Hannity's America on May 6, 2007, Hannity & Colmes on June 1, 2007 and Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor on August 13, 2007 and March 11, 2009.
Alonso issued an "Open Letter to Sean Penn" online on March 29, 2010 regarding his support of Hugo Chávez. She used a point-by-point refrain of "WHY" in her letter questioning various issues occurring in Venezuela. 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 (both played lovers in the 1988 movie Colors).
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.
In an August 2012 Spreecast interview, Alonso stated her opposition to Obama's re-election, saying that if reelected he would take steps to make the United States become more like Venezuela under the Chávez government.
On September 17, 2014, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro asked Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres to pursue legal actions to revoke Alonso's Venezuelan citizenship. The reason was her public request on a radio interview for a military intervention against Venezuela: "In my opinion, (the US) must intervene, because the Cubans already invaded without firing a single bullet because they gave it (Venezuela) for free. So I would like that the US would invade using bullets to get all those communists out of Venezuela".
In mid-2016, Alonso stated that she supported neither Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump nor Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the U.S. election, viewing both of them as unacceptable. She ended up supporting Gary Johnson in the general election.
|1978||Savana – Sesso e diamanti||Margaret Johnson||Italian B Movie|
|Estefanía||Silvana Cataldo||TV series|
|Mabel Valdez, periodista|
|1980||Natalia de 8 a 9||Mariana Brito|
|1980||Mi hijo Gabriel|
|1981||Luz Marina||Luz Marina|
|1981||El Esposo de Anaís|
|1982||Fantasy Island||French Girl||1 episode|
|1982||Knight Rider||Marie Elena Casafranca||1 episode; Credited as Maria Conchita|
|1984||Nacho||playing herself||TV series|
|1984||Moscow on the Hudson||Lucia Lombardo|
|1984||Fear City||Silver||as Maria Conchita|
|1986||A Fine Mess||Claudia Pazzo||a.k.a. Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess (USA: complete title)|
|1986||Touch and Go||Denise DeLeon|
|1987||Il cugino americano||Caterina Ammirati||a.k.a. Blood Ties (USA: TV title)|
|1987||Extreme Prejudice||Sarita Cisneros|
|1987||The Running Man||Amber Mendez|
|1988||Con el Corazón en la Mano|
|1989||One of the Boys||Maria Conchita Navarro||6 episodes|
|1989||Vampire's Kiss||Alva Restrepo|
|1990||Predator 2||Leona Cantrell|
|1991||Cuerpos clandestinos (TV)||Claudia|
|1992||Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV)||Carmen||a.k.a. Power Play: The Jackie Presser Story (UK: video title)|
|1993||The House of the Spirits||Tránsito Soto|
|1994||Alejandra||Alejandra Martínez||TV series|
|1994||Texas (TV)||Lucia||a.k.a. James A. Michener's Texas|
|1994||MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice (TV)||Cindy Evans|
|1996||Caught||Betty||a.k.a. Atrapados (USA: Spanish title)|
|1996||For Which He Stands||Theresa Rochetti|
|1996||Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17||Marta Caldwell|
|1997||Women: Stories of Passion||Sophia||1 episode|
|1997||Chicago Hope||Emma Scull||2 episodes|
|1997||Robert Altman's Gun||Marti||1 episode|
|1997||Catherine's Grove||Charley Vasquez|
|1997||F/X: The Series||Elena Serrano||2 episodes|
|1997||Acts of Betrayal||Eva Ramirez|
|1998||Exposé||Nancy Drake||a.k.a. Footsteps (Philippines: English title) (USA: working title)|
|1998||The Nanny||Concepcion Sheffield||1 episode|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Marie Alexander||Episode: "The Vaccine"|
|1998||El Grito en el cielo||Miranda Vega||a.k.a. Shout Out (USA: festival title)|
|1998||My Husband's Secret Life (TV)||Toni Diaz|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Sandra Pena||1 episode|
|1999||Dillinger in Paradise||Lola|
|2000||Chain of Command||Vice President Gloria Valdez|
|2000||A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle (TV)||Gloria|
|2000||Best Actress (TV)||Maria Katarina Caldone|
|2000||High Noon (TV)||Helen Ramirez|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Kat Lopez||1 episode|
|2000||The Princess & the Barrio Boy (TV)||Minerva Rojas||a.k.a. She's in Love (UK)|
|2001||The Code conspiracy||Rachel|
|2001||Resurrection Blvd.||Julia Hernandez||3 episodes|
|2001||Birth of Babylon||Lupe Velez|
|2002||Blind Heat||Adrianna Scott|
|2002||Robbery Homicide Division||Claudia||1 episode|
|2003||The Company You Keep||Vera|
|2003||Heart of America||Mrs. Jones||a.k.a. Home Room (Australia)|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Marisela Gonzalez||1 episode: Blood Moon|
|2005||English as a Second Language||Consuelo Sara|
|2005||La Academia USA||Judge|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Lucía Márquez||1 episode|
|2007||The Dead One||Sister Rosa|
|2007||The Condor (V)||Mrs. Valdez (voice)||a.k.a. Stan Lee Presents: The Condor (USA: DVD box title)|
|2007||Saints & Sinners||Diana Martin||62 episodes|
|2008||Richard III||Queen Elizabeth|
|2008||The Art of Travel||Mrs. Layne|
|2008||The Red Canvas||Maria Sanchez|
|2008||Two Minutes Of Hate||Dos minutos de odio|
|2008||Unauthorized Clifford||Des-Autorizado (Venezuela: wide-release title)|
|2009||Maneater (miniseries)||Alejandra Alpert||Two episodes|
|2009||Dark Moon Rising||Sheriff Sam.|
|2012||Lords of Salem||Alice Matthias|
|2014||Return to Babylon||Lupe Vélez|
|2016||November Rule||Ms Luisa|
|2017||Kill 'Em All||Agent Sanders|
|2018||Off the Menu||Cordelia Torres|
|2018||El señor de los cielos||Nora Requena|
|2019||¡He matado a mi marido!||Remedios|
|2019||The I-Land||Mrs. Chase||Miniseries|
|2019||Into the Dark||Bea||1 episode ("Good Boy")|
|TBA||Take Me to Tarzana||Juanita||Post production|
- Love Maniac (Polydor/PolyGram, 1979)
- The Witch (Polydor/Polygram, 1980)
- Dangerous Rhythm (PolyGram, 1982)
- Te Amo (Polydor/PolyGram, 1983)
- María Conchita (A&M/PolyGram, 1984. First Grammy nomination)
- O Ella o Yo (A&M/PolyGram, 1985)
- Grandes Éxitos (PolyGram, 1986)
- Mírame (PolyGram, 1987)
- Hazme Sentir (PolyGram, 1990)
- Otra Mentira Mas (Second Grammy nomination)
- En Vivo México (Capitol/EMI Mexico, 1991)
- Imagíname (Columbia/SME Mexico, 1992. Third Grammy nomination)
- Alejandra: Boleros (PolyGram, 1994)
- Hoy y Siempre (PolyGram, 1997)
- Grandes Éxitos (2004)
- Soy EP (Hypnotic, 2005)
- Greatest Hits (Universal Latino, 2008)
- Mienteme (Universal Latino, 2009)
- Amor De Madrugada (ARDC Music Division, 2016)
|Year||Song||Hot Latin Songs||Album|
|1987||"Otra Mentira Más"||24||Mírame|
|1988||"Y Es Que Llegaste Tú"||5|
|1990||"Hazme Sentir"||24||Hazme Sentir|
|1991||"A Él Lo Quiero"||35|
|2019||"Ya No Más"||– -||¡He matado a mi marido! - Soundtrack|
|2020||"Llename De Ti"||– -||Llename De Ti – Single|
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- "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.
- Geraghty, James. "After Watching Her Speak, Giuliani Was an Afterthought," National Review Online. May 1, 2007.
- "An Open Letter to Sean Penn By Maria Conchita Alonso". Media Research Center. March 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Open Letter to Sean Penn". Mediaite.com. March 29, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- "Where Washington Comes To Talk Now on 105.9FM!". WMAL. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- Press office. Maria Conchita Alonso Endorses John McCain Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine JohnMcCain.com, October 31, 2008.
- Steve Malzberg (August 8, 2012). "Alonso: Obama Win a Move Toward Chavez". Spreecast. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Actress Out Of San Francisco Production After Endorsing Tea Party Candidate". CBS Local San Fran. KCBS. January 18, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Venezuela's leftist leaders move to strip citizenship from actress Maria Conchita Alonso". StarTribune Minneapolis. September 17, 2014. Archived from the original on September 19, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- Gestionan revocar la nacionalidad venezolana a María Conchita Alonso (In Spanish) Archived June 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- "María Conchita Alonso no piensa votar por Hillary Clinton". noticias.entravision.com. July 23, 2016.
- "María Conchita Alonso asegura que no le gusta Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)". www.telemundo.com.
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