Famous Spanish Women

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The contemporary Spanish woman is beautiful, intelligent, confident and ready to take the world in her stride! But this was not the way it had always been in Spain. Up until a few decades ago, Spanish women were subjected to certain very strict social norms that dictated them to be confined to the roles of wives and mothers. After being restricted and restrained for so long, the Spanish woman struggled to break free of the shackles that society bound her with to prove that she was no less than men when it came to contributing to the world heritage and culture.

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Penelope Cruz
(The First and the Only Spanish Actress to be Nominated for and to Win an Academy Award)
Penelope Cruz
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Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress who has had major success in the American entertainment industry. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Cruz has been touching the lives of many for the past several years. Apart from donating money to charity, Cruz has also volunteered in India and Uganda. She has also advocated for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

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Millie Bobby Brown
87
Birthdate: February 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marbella, Spain

Millie Bobby Brown, the English actress and model, rose to prominence after acting in the TV series Stranger Things and then in the film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in 2019. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in April 2018, making her the youngest person ever to be so.

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Ana de Armas
(Actress)
Ana de Armas
68
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

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 4 
Elsa Pataky
(Known for Her Role as Elena Neves in the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise)
Elsa Pataky
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Birthdate: July 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Elsa Pataky is one of the most famous Spanish models and actresses to make it big in the American film industry. She is best known for playing Officer Elena Neves alongside Dwayne Johnson in The Fast and the Furious film franchise. A polyglot, Elsa Pataky can speak Spanish, English, Romanian, Portuguese, French, and Italian fluently.

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Catherine of Aragon
(Queen Consort of England (1509 - 1533))
Catherine of Aragon
18
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: January 7, 1536

Catherine of Aragon was one of the most popular English royal consorts of all time. A patron of Renaissance humanism, she gained widespread admiration for starting a program for the relief of the poor. A woman who was ahead of her time, Catherine commissioned The Education of a Christian Woman, a controversial book promoting women's right to education.

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Rosalia
(Singer)
Rosalia
7
Birthdate: September 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain

Grammy-winning Spanish flamenco singer Rosalia is quite a sensation in Latin music and has often experimented with R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music, too. She gained global fame with the single Malamente and also scripted history as the first-ever Spanish-language artist to gain a Best New Artist nomination at the Grammys.

 7 
Oona Chaplin
(Spanish-British Actress Known for Her TV Series: ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Crimson Field’ and ‘Taboo’)
Oona Chaplin
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Birthdate: June 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, is best known as Talisa Maegyr from the iconic series Game of Thrones. She had started as a Shakespearean theater actor. She has also been seen in series such as The Hour and Taboo, and has been cast in the upcoming Avatar sequels.

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Úrsula Corberó
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Role as ‘Tokyo’ in Netflix Series ‘Money Heist’ )
Úrsula Corberó
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Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Spain

Úrsula Corberó is a Spanish actress who achieved international fame after playing Tokyo in the popular heist crime drama TV series, Money Heist. Renowned for her good looks, Corberó has been the face of many brands, such as Maybelline, Tampax, and Calzedonia. Also a philanthropist, Corberó has been part of many awareness campaigns pertaining to breast cancer and climate change.

 9 
Maria Pedraza
(Actress)
Maria Pedraza
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Birthdate: January 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish actress and ballerina, Maria Pedraza first came to limelight with her role in the Netflix series Money Heist, debuting on screen earlier in the same year with Amar: With You Until the End of the World. Since then she has been appearing in number of productions, including the thriller teen drama series, Elite, concurrently focusing on her ballet.

Saint Teresa of Avila
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Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gotarrendura
Died: October 4, 1582

Teresa of Ávila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who later turned into a Carmelite nun. She was posthumously named a Doctor of the Church. She co-established the Discalced Carmelite Order. Her written works include The Interior Castle and her own autobiography.

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Alba Flores
(Spanish Actress Best Known for Her Role as 'Saray Vargas' in the TV Series 'Vis a Vis')
Alba Flores
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Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alba Flores, the only daughter of Spanish musician Antonio Flores, achieved international fame as Nairobi in the Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist. Apart from drama, she is trained in the piano, too. She is also an avid animal lover and has campaigned for PETA.

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Infanta Leonor of Spain
(Heir presumptive to the throne of Spain as the elder daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia)
Infanta Leonor of Spain
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Birthdate: October 31, 2005
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Charo
(Actress Best Known for Her Sassiness, Sexy Outfits and Signature Phrase during the 1970s, ‘Cuchi-Cuchi')
Charo
7
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

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Ester Expósito
(Actress, Model)
Ester Expósito
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Birthdate: January 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Best known for her role in the Netflix series Elite, Madrid Theater Award-winning Spanish actor Ester Expósito is a true-blue feminist who has attended rallies for the cause. She had started attending acting classes as soon as she finished school. She is also a passionate dancer.

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Maria Theresa of Spain
(Queen of France and Navarre (1660-1683))
Maria Theresa of Spain
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Birthdate: September 10, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: July 30, 1683
Maria Theresa of Spain was the queen consort of France from 1660 to 1683, as the wife of Louis XIV of France. She lost five of her six children early and was also often ignored by the court. She died due to a wound on her arm at age 44.
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Mabel
(Singer-songwriter)
Mabel
6
Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

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Lucrezia Borgia
(Duchess Consort of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio (1505 - 1519))
Lucrezia Borgia
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Birthdate: April 18, 1480
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy
Died: June 24, 1519
Spanish-Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, ruled as the governor of Spoleto. She was part of many politically motivated marriages. She has been portrayed as the femme fatale in many movies and novels. Dosso Dossi’s Portrait of a Youth is the only credible portrait of Lucrezia.
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Paz Vega
(Spanish Actress)
Paz Vega
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Birthdate: January 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Spanish actor Paz Vega is best known for her roles in films such as Sex and Lucia, Spanglish, All Roads Lead to Rome, and Rambo: Last Blood. Fans loved her as Catalina Creel in the Mexican series Cuna de lobos and as Renata in the American series The OA
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Itziar Ituño
(Actress)
Itziar Ituño
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Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basauri, Spain
Itziar Ituño is best known to audiences as Raquel Murillo in the iconic Spanish series La casa de papel, or Money Heist. While she initially studied sociology, she simultaneously studied acting, too. Her initial projects included the role of a lesbian police officer in the Basque opera Goenkale.
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Astrid Berges-Frisbey
(Best Known for Playing 'Mermaid Syrena' in the Film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’)
Astrid Berges-Frisbey
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Birthdate: May 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Born to a French-American mother and a Spanish father, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey had initially worked as a waitress and had even decided to pursue a career in osteopathy. The actor-model later made waves with her roles in The Sea Wall and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Queen Letizia of Spain
(Queen Consort of Spain)
Queen Letizia of Spain
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Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain was initially a journalist for EFE and ABC and then worked as an anchor for Televisión Española and CNN+. She had covered events such as the 9/11 attacks. She is married to King Felipe VI of Spain and was previously married to a high-school teacher.

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Isabel Preysler
(Filipina Socialite, Television Host and Mother of Enrique Iglesias)
Isabel Preysler
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Birthdate: February 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Isabel Preysler is a  Filipina socialite and TV host. As a teenager, she participated in beauty pageants and worked as a model. She later started working as a journalist. An elegant woman, she is considered a fashion icon. Her first husband was Julio Iglesias, a Spanish singer.  Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias Jr. are her sons.

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Esther Acebo
(Actress)
Esther Acebo
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Ariadna Gil
(Spanish Actress Known for Her Films: 'Belle Époque' and 'Black Tears')
Ariadna Gil
3
Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Ariadna Gil is a Spanish actress best known for playing Violeta in the 1992 Spanish comedy-drama film, Belle Époque, for which she received the Best Lead Actress award at the prestigious Goya Awards. Although she predominantly acts in Spanish films, Ariadna Gil has also played important roles in films of various other languages, such as English, Catalan, and French.

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Najwa Nimri
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Alicia Sierra' in the Spanish Series 'La Casa De Papel'(Money Heist))
Najwa Nimri
8
Birthdate: February 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

Najwa Nimri is a Spanish actress and singer best known for playing a  policewoman inspector in the TV drama series La casa de papel. As a singer, she formed the band Najwajean with Carlos Jean and has also released a few solo albums. In 2020, she hosted a podcast called Vis a vis: Cara B. 

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Blanca Suárez
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Birthdate: October 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish actor Blanca Suárez of Cable Girls fame also earned a Goya Award nomination for the psychological thriller The Skin I Live In. Her debut performance as Julia Medina in the Spanish drama-thriller series The Boarding School earned her initial fame. She was also GQ’s Woman of the Year in 2012.

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Ivana Baquero
(Actress)
Ivana Baquero
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Birthdate: June 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
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Carolina Marin
(Badminton player)
Carolina Marin
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Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
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Alejandra Silva
(Spanish Publicist, Political Activist and Wife of Actor Richard Gere)
Alejandra Silva
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Birthdate: February 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain
Spanish publicist, activist, and Instagram star Alejandra Silva is best known for her philanthropic efforts, most notably her non-profit, the Beautiful Life Fund, which focuses on homeless and distressed children. She has also worked to promote sports among underprivileged African communities. She is married to actor Richard Gere. 
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Mónica Cruz
(Spanish Actress and Younger Sister of Actress 'Penélope Cruz')
Mónica Cruz
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Birthdate: March 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

Known as the younger sister of Spanish actor Penélope Cruz, Mónica Cruz is not just an actor but also a trained dancer, specializing in flamenco and ballet. Known for her roles in projects such as The Inquiry and Last Hour, she is now also a mother of a daughter, through artificial insemination.

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Montserrat Caballé
(Spanish Operatic Soprano Known for Her Pure and Powerful Vocals With Exquisite Pianissimo)
Montserrat Caballé
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Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 6, 2018

Spanish opera singer and a legend of classical music, Montserrat Caballé became an international sensation after recording the duet Barcelona, the official anthem for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, with Freddie Mercury. She is also remembered for his iconic portrayal of the title role of Lucrezia Borgia.

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Aitana
(Singer)
Aitana
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Birthdate: June 27, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sant Climent de Llobregat, Spain

Spanish singer Aitana first gained attention with her YouTube covers and then with the reality show Operación Triunfo. She then released her gold-certified debut single, No Puedo Vivir sin Ti, and later continued to release hits such as Lo Malo and Telephono. She is also known as the Spanish Princess of Pop.

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Belinda Peregrín
(Singer whose debut album Belinda sold more than two and half million copies)
Belinda Peregrín
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Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Belinda Peregrín, tagged as "Princess of Latin Pop" by international press is best known for her commercially hit studio albums like Belinda and Utopía and singles like Vivir, which made her the third best-selling female Mexican act. She also had screen success with films like The Cheetah Girls 2 and Mexican telenovelas like Amigos x siempre.   

Queen Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
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Paloma Picasso
(Known for Her Jewelry Designs for Tiffany & Co. & Daughter of Distinguished Painter Pablo Picasso)
Paloma Picasso
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Birthdate: April 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vallauris, France

Fashion and jewelry designer Paloma Picasso is best known as the daughter of legendary artists Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot. She began her career designing costume jewelry for Yves Saint-Laurent and later designed for Tiffany & Co. Known for her signature red lipstick, she also has her own range of perfumes.

Infanta Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: April 29, 2007
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid
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Mina El Hammani
1
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Elena Anaya
(Actress)
Elena Anaya
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Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palencia, Spain
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Christina Ochoa
(Spanish Actress and Science Communicator Known for Her TV Series ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘Promised Land’)
Christina Ochoa
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Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Christina Ochoa is a Spanish actress best known for her portrayal of Grace D'Argento in the American science fiction series, Blood Drive. Ochoa is credited with founding QE Productions, which produced the critically acclaimed short film, Stay with Me. Also a science communicator, Christina Ochoa has been the host of many scientific shows and conferences.

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Belén Cuesta
(Actress)
Belén Cuesta
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Birthdate: January 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Best known to international audiences for her performance as the transgender character Manila in the iconic hit series La Casa de Papel, or Money Heist, Belén Cuesta is a popular Spanish actor. A fine theater actor, too, she has been part of production such as Sonias and Metamorfosis.

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María Valverde
(Spanish Actress Best Known for Her Film ‘The Weakness of the Bolshevik’)
María Valverde
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Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carabanchel, Spain

María Valverde is a Spanish actress who has played important roles in Spanish as well as British films. Valverde didn’t take long to hog the limelight as she won the Goya Award for her debut performance in The Weakness of the Bolshevik , at the age of 16! She is best known for playing Zipporah in the epic film Exodus: Gods and Kings. 

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Lilian Garcia
(Singer, Ring announcer, Beauty pageant contestant)
Lilian Garcia
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Birthdate: August 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Juan

The daughter of a US Embassy employee, Lilian Garcia was born in Spain. She was a singer as a child and worked as an RJ after graduation, following which she soared to fame as a WWE announcer. She scripted history when she became the first female announcer at WrestleMania.

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Berta Vazquez
(Actress)
Berta Vazquez
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Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Chabeli Iglesias
(Spanish Journalist and Socialite & Daughter of Spanish Singer 'Julio Iglesias' )
Chabeli Iglesias
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Birthdate: August 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal

Chabeli Iglesias is a Spanish journalist and socialite. Born into the popular Iglesias family, she is the daughter of singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler. She has been featured on the covers of numerous gossip and entertainment magazines worldwide. She is married to businessman Christian Fernando Altaba and has two children. 

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Rocio Durcal
(Singer)
Rocio Durcal
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Birthdate: October 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 25, 2006
 46 
Pilar Rubio
(Reporter, TV Presenter)
Pilar Rubio
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Birthdate: March 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Spanish model, actor, and TV presenter Pilar Rubio had initially decided to study economics but later quit it without a degree, to join the entertainment industry. Best known for presenting the show Sé lo que hicisteis..., she also appeared naked on Interviú. She is married to Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos.

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Charlotte Vega
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Birthdate: February 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Maribel Verdú
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Birthdate: October 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Edurne
(Spanish Singer and Television Presenter Best Known for Her Part in the Show 'Operación Triunfo')
Edurne
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Birthdate: December 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish singer-actor Edurne started her career as a child actor and later soared to fame with the show Operación Triunfo. She then released hit singles such as Amores Dormidos and Despierta, and was part of the Spanish version of Britain’s Got Talent. She is also the wife of Spanish footballer David De Gea.

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Georgina Amoros
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Birthdate: April 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Beatriz Galindo was no doubt a pioneer in Spanish history for she became the country’s first female physician way back in the late 15th century! More recently Esperanza Aguirre defied tradition to enter into politics, a male dominated domain, to become the first female President of the Senate in Spanish history. Bull fighting is a very popular sport in Spain and Cristina Sánchez de Pablo proved that she is no lesser a match to a raging bull than a man and became the first professional female bullfighter. Spanish women are very artistic as proved by the performers Niña Pastori and Eva Amaral. And who can forget the beautiful Penélope Cruz when we talk of Spanish women in showbiz? Read to learn more interesting facts about the famous Spanish women who have left their mark on the world.