Mexican

Mexico conjures up a spectacular imagery of colonial grandiose, mind-boggling celebrations, jaw-dropping culture and finger-licking good food. While it is easy to stereotype Mexico with its food, fireworks and fiesta, there are many more fascinating things about the land that will equally make your jaws hang down in awe and admiration. If there is one more thing for which Mexico deserves all kudos, it is its diverse lot of talented men and women who have earned the country a coveted spot under the sun. And by that, we do not mean the ordinary people, but those extraordinary nationals with exemplary deeds and feats whom the country deems as its prized treasure. Anthony Quinn, Frida Kahlo, Lupita Nyong’o, Carlos Santana, Salma Hayek, Octavio Paz, Mario Molina and more — Mexico has been a hotbed of talent for forever. Dig into the lives of famous Mexicans in the biographies below and get ready to blow your minds as you lap up interesting trivia and facts in their timelines here.

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 1 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

 2 Canelo Álvarez

Canelo Álvarez.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Named the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec and other sports organizations, Mexican welterweight Canelo Álvarez is a skilled counterpuncher. He won a silver at the Mexican National Championship at 15 and has earned the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine light middleweight titles. He is known for his knockout wins. 
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 3 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro.
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 4 Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim owns the conglomerate Grupo Carso and has served as the CEO of América Móvil and Telmex. He was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2013 and the fifth-richest in 2020, according to Forbes. He also owns three charity organizations focusing on Mexico City. 
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 5 Julio Cesar Chavez

Julio Cesar Chavez.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mexican professional boxer
Birthdate: July 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Obregón, Sonora, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez is a Mexican former boxer who won several world championships in three different weight divisions. He also holds several records, such as the most successful world title defenses and most title fights. He has been named in ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time list and was made an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 6 Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera.
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Famous As: Painter, Muralist
Birthdate: December 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 24, 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.

 7 Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: June 3, 2001
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He also delivered stellar performances in the films Zorba the Greek, Wild Is the Wind, and The Guns of Navarone. He had exhibited his artwork and also written two memoirs.
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 8 Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico

Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek moved to Hollywood and attained fame with films like Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, Dogma, Tale of Tales, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Her breakthrough role was the film Frida in 2002 for which she received critical appreciation. She works to raise awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

 9 Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Javier Hernández is a professional football player and the first Mexican to represent the popular football club Manchester United. An important player for his national team, Hernández is the all-time leading goal-scorer for Mexico. He has represented Mexico at important tournaments like 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cups. Hernández also serves as an inspiration to many aspiring Mexican footballers.

 10 Joaquín Guzmán Loera

Joaquín Guzmán Loera
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico

 11 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 12 Eiza González

Eiza González.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican actor Eiza González, best known for her role as Santanico Pandemonium in From Dusk till Dawn, had dropped out of school to be part of the telenovela Lola, érase una vez. She has released a chart-topping album, Contracorriente, and has spoken about her struggle with depression and compulsive overeating.

 13 Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu

Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu, is known internationally for his films about the human condition. Beginning his entertainment career as a radio host, he started composing music and producing films as the years went by. The recipient of many prestigious awards, he is the first Mexican filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

 14 Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mazatlán, Sinaloa

Mexican American actor, singer, and songwriter Sara Ramirez is the recipient of several awards, including a Tony Award. Born in Mexico, they moved to America as a child. They became interested in acting in their teens and acted in school plays before taking up roles in theater plays. Soon, they ventured into TV and films as well.

 15 Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Luis Miguel is a Mexican singer. Having performed in a wide range of styles like pop and jazz, Miguel is considered the most successful artist in the history of Latin America. One of the best-selling Latin musicians ever, Miguel is credited with popularizing the bolero genre. Thanks to his popularity, he has been referred to as the Latin Frank Sinatra.

 16 Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durango
Died: July 20, 1923
Military leader Pancho Villa was a significant figure of the Mexican Revolution. He supported the ouster of dictator Porfirio Diaz and later fought to remove Victoriano Huerta from power. He also allied with Emiliano Zapata and fought against Venustiano Carranza. He remains immortalized in many films and novels.

 17 Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Luis Potosí
José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan is better known by his WWE ring name, Alberto Del Rio, and his Impact Wrestling ring name, Alberto El Patron. He became the first Mexico-born WWE world champion. He gained fame as an MMA fighter in Mexico and Japan earlier, using the name Dos Caras Jr.

 18 Anahí

Anahí
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer songwriter, Actress, Record producer dancer
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City

 19 Thalía

Thalía.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico City
Four-time Latin Billboard Award-winning artist Thalia, known as the “Queen of Latin Pop,” was part of the band Timbiriche before venturing into a solo career. She has also been a successful telenovela actor, owns a fashion brand, has her own radio show, and has written four books, including a memoir.

 20 Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan.
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Famous As: Dog Behaviourist
Birthdate: August 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mazatlán

Mexican-American dog trainer Cesar Millan owns the Dog Psychology Center and is best known for his Emmy-nominated series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. He owns a brand of dog products, has authored bestselling books, and also owns a foundation that supports animal shelters. He also delivers a dog-training lecture series.

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 21 Diego Luna

Diego Luna
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

 22 Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badiraguato Municipality

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo is a convicted Mexican drug lord. He led a now-defunct criminal group called the Guadalajara Cartel alongside Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. In 1982, the Drug Enforcement Administration indicted him in a money laundering operation, but he fled back to Mexico where he was finally arrested in 1985.

 23 Kate del Castillo

Kate del Castillo.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Kate del Castillo is a Mexican-American actress. One of the most popular actresses in the world of telenovela, del Castillo was named in People en Español magazine's Stars of the Year list in 2007. Also a humanitarian, Kate del Castillo helped launch an international anti-trafficking program called the Blue Heart Campaign to fight human trafficking.

 24 Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico

Mexican politician Enrique Peña Nieto served as the 64th President of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. He was previously the Governor of the State of Mexico. He joined politics in the mid-1980s as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was a controversial president and his tenure saw a rise in drug trade and corruption.

 25 Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Died: August 28, 2016
Regarded by many as Mexico’s Elvis Presley, singer Juan Gabriel sold more than 60 million records, while his songs have been translated to languages such as Japanese and French. Though never married, he had six children, two of them with his domestic employees. Interestingly, some tabloids suggested he was gay.

 26 Emma Coronel Aispuro

Emma Coronel Aispuro.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mexican Beauty Queen, Wife of Mexican drug baron El Chapo
Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Emma Coronel Aispuro is a former teenage beauty queen who took part in the Coffee and Guava Festival beauty pageant in 2007. She started hogging the limelight when it was reported that she had married Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, popularly known as El Chapo, who was once regarded as one of the world's most powerful drug trafficker.

 27 Benito Juarez

Benito Juarez.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: March 21, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pablo Guelatao, Mexico
Died: July 18, 1872

Benito Juarez was a Mexican lawyer and politician. He served as the 26th president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872, becoming the first president of Mexico who was of indigenous origin. He died of a heart attack in 1872. To date,  he is revered as "a preeminent symbol of Mexican nationalism and resistance to foreign intervention." 

 28 Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macuspana
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been serving as Mexico’s 58th president since December 2018. He led the Party of the Democratic Revolution from 1996 to 1999 and was elected Head of Government of Mexico City. He established the National Regeneration Movement in 2014 and led it till 2017.

 29 Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 30 Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cancún

Carlos Vela is a Mexican football player who currently plays for and captains the Los Angeles Football Club of the Major League Soccer (MLS). A versatile player, Vela can play as an attacking midfielder, winger, and forward. He is also known for his creativity and goal-scoring ability. Carlos Vela is also an important player for the Mexico national team.

 31 Dulce María

Dulce María
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Actress, Singer,
Birthdate: December 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City

 32 Ryan Guzman

Ryan Guzman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Ryan Guzman had to forego his love for baseball due to an injury. He later joined Wilhelmina Models and also learned mixed martial arts. His subsequent auditions bore fruit, and he never looked back after being cast as Sean Asa in the Step Up dance film franchise.

 33 Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Mexican Political figure
Birthdate: August 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Died: April 10, 1919
Emiliano Zapata was a key figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920 and led the agrarian movement known as Zapatismo. As the leader of the Liberation Army of the South, he contributed to the fall of Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz and later fought against Venustiano Carranza.

 34 Dolores del Río

Dolores del Río
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Famous As: singer, dancer, stage actor, film actor, television actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durango
Died: April 11, 1983

 35 David Casta

David Casta
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

 36 Cantinflas

Cantinflas.
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Famous As: Comic Film Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cotija de la Paz Michoacan Mexico
Died: April 20, 1993

Cantinflas was a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Dubbed the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico, Cantinflas is best remembered for playing Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Regarded as one of the most popular Mexican comedians of all time, Cantinflas is celebrated as a popular icon throughout Spain and Latin America. 

 37 Hirving Lozano

Hirving Lozano.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 30, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City

Hirving Lozano is a Mexican football player. An important member of the Mexico national team, he represented his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Lozano was adjudged CONCACAF Men's Player of the Year in 2018.

 38 Karla Souza

Karla Souza
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

 39 Demián Bichir

Demián Bichir
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Film actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City

 40 Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 41 Juan Manuel Márquez

Juan Manuel Márquez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iztacalco, Mexico City, Mexico

 42 Guillermo Ochoa

Guillermo Ochoa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

 43 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 44 Adan Canto

Adan Canto.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico
Adan Canto is best known as Sunspot from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as Paul Torres in the series The Following. He played real-life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the Netflix series Narcos. He also directed the award-winning short film The Shot through his own production house.

 45 Sergio Pérez

Sergio Pérez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara

 46 Julio César Chávez, Jr.

Julio César Chávez, Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Culiacán

 47 Maite Perroni

Maite Perroni.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: March 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican actor Maite Perroni, known as The New Queen of The Telenovelas, soared to fame as Guadalupe "Lupita" Fernández in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde and as Alma Solares in the Netflix series Dark Desire. She became an international sensation with the Latin Grammy-nominated pop group RBD and later went solo.

 48 Stephanie Sigman

Stephanie Sigman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Apart from making headlines for being the first Mexican-origin Bond girl, in Spectre, Stephanie Sigman also made waves playing Pablo Escobar’s mistress, Valeria, in the Netflix hit Narcos. A former model, she likes to keep in shape through boxing. Fans loved her in Annabelle: Creation and S.W.A.T., too.

 49 Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán
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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Character actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Torreón
Died: January 14, 2009

 50 Columba Bush

Columba Bush.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: León

Columba Bush is a Mexican-American philanthropist who started hogging the limelight after marrying American politician Jeb Bush. From 1999 to 2007, she served as First Lady of Florida and used her platform to deal with issues, such as substance abuse and domestic violence. She has also been active in advocating the artworks of artists like Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo.