Famous Spanish Women

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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 1 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 2 Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas
55
Famous As: Actress
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.

 3 Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky
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Famous As: Model, Actress
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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 4 Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon
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Famous As: First Wife of King Henry VIII
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Archbishop's Palace of Alcalá de Henares, 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.

 5 Rosalia

Rosalia
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 6 Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 7 Maria Pedraza

Maria Pedraza
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Famous As: Actress
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.

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 8 Úrsula Corberó

Úrsula Corberó
24
Famous As: Actress
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 Alba Flores

Alba Flores
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 10 Charo

Charo
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 11 Ester Expósito

Ester Expósito
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Famous As: Actress, Model
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.

 12 Infanta Leonor of Spain

Infanta Leonor of Spain
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Famous As: Heir presumptive to the throne of Spain as the elder daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Birthdate: October 31, 2005
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 13 Maria Theresa of Spain

Maria Theresa of Spain
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Famous As: Queen of France and Navarre (1660-1683)
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.

 14 Mabel

Mabel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 15 Paz Vega

Paz Vega
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Famous As: Actress
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

 16 Itziar Ituño

Itziar Ituño
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 17 Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Astrid Berges-Frisbey
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 18 Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
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Famous As: Noblewoman
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.

 19 Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain
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Famous As: Queen of Spain
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.

 20 Ariadna Gil

Ariadna Gil
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 21 Esther Acebo

Esther Acebo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 22 Isabel Preysler

Isabel Preysler
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Famous As: Socialite
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.

 23 Blanca Suárez

Blanca Suárez
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 24 Alejandra Silva

Alejandra Silva
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Famous As: Publicist, Richard Gere’s Wife
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. 

 25 Aitana

Aitana
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 26 Mónica Cruz

Mónica Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 27 Montserrat Caballé

Montserrat Caballé
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Famous As: Opera singer
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.

 28 Mina El Hammani

Mina El Hammani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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 29 Elena Anaya

Elena Anaya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palencia, Spain

 30 Queen Sofía of Spain

Queen Sofía of Spain
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece

 31 Ivana Baquero

Ivana Baquero
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

 32 Belinda Peregrín

Belinda Peregrín
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Famous As: Singer whose debut album Belinda sold more than two and half million copies
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.   

 33 Paloma Picasso

Paloma Picasso
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 34 Berta Vazquez

Berta Vazquez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 35 Infanta Sofía of Spain

Infanta Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: April 29, 2007
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid

 36 Christina Ochoa

Christina Ochoa
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Famous As: Actress, Science communicator
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, 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.

 37 Belén Cuesta

Belén Cuesta
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 38 Lilian Garcia

Lilian Garcia
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Famous As: Singer, Ring announcer, Beauty pageant contestant
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.

 39 Carolina Marin

Carolina Marin
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain

 40 Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Shelley Morrison was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Rosario Salazar in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. During her career, which spanned more than five decades, Shelley Morrison played a housekeeper or maid on 32 separate occasions.

 41 Chabeli Iglesias

Chabeli Iglesias
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Famous As: Socialite, Journalist
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. 

 42 María Valverde

María Valverde
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 43 Najwa Nimri

Najwa Nimri
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 44 Pilar Rubio

Pilar Rubio
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Famous As: Reporter, TV Presenter
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.

 45 Charlotte Vega

Charlotte Vega
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 46 Rocio Durcal

Rocio Durcal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 25, 2006

 47 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Former world no. 1 Spanish tennis legend Arantxa Sánchez Vicario has 14 Grand Slam titles in her kitty, apart from 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the Olympics. The International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, however, has been accused of fraudulently moving her assets to avoid paying debt.

 48 Georgina Amoros

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

 49 Edurne

Edurne
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 50 Amaia Salamanca

Amaia Salamanca
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, 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.