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Olivia Delcan
(Actress)
Olivia Delcan
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Birthdate: May 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Known for her roles in the popular television series like Locked Up and in films like Isla Bonita and Lejos del mar, Olivia Delcan is a popular Spanish actress, who is proficient in English, Spanish and Catalan. An alumnus from William Esper Studio (Manhattan) and William Layton Studio (Madrid), she also wrote and directed a play entitled About Last Night

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Miriam González Durántez
(Spanish Lawyer)
Miriam González Durántez
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Birthdate: May 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Olmedo, Valladolid, Spain
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Emilia Pardo Bazán
(Writer Known for Introducing Naturalism Into Spanish Literature)
Emilia Pardo Bazán
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Birthdate: September 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain
Died: May 12, 1921

Spanish countess and novelist Emilia Pardo Bazán had initially gained fame with the essay The Critical Issue. She was an advocate of naturalism and free will. Known for novels such as The House of Ulloa, she also taught Romance literature and was divorced by her husband because of her literary success.

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Mary of Jesus of Ágreda
(Franciscan Abbess and Spiritual Writer Known for Her Extensive Correspondence with King Philip IV of Spain)
Mary of Jesus of Ágreda
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Birthdate: April 2, 1602
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agreda, Spain
Died: May 24, 1665

Franciscan abbess and spiritual-writer María de Agreda was a noted mystic of her era. She served as the spiritual and at times political advisor to King Philip IV of Spain for over two decades and is best-known for the correspondence she had with the King besides reports of her bilocation. She penned 14 books, including the most notable Mystical City of God.    

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Dolores Redondo
(Writer)
Dolores Redondo
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Birthdate: February 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain
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Rosalía de Castro
(Spanish Poet)
Rosalía de Castro
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Birthdate: February 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Died: July 15, 1885

Legendary Galician poet Rosalía de Castro was a significant figure of the Galician Romantic movement and mostly wrote on themes such as nostalgia and melancholy. She had also written quite a few novels but remains best known for her poetry collections such as Cantares Gallegos and Follas novas.

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Corín Tellado
(Spanish Novelist)
Corín Tellado
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Birthdate: April 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Franco, Asturias, Spain
Died: April 11, 2009

Corín Tellado held a Guinness World Record for selling the most titles in the Spanish language. The author of over 4,000 titles, Tellado specialized in romance novels and photonovels. She included feminist elements, such as working women, and also penned several erotic novels under the pseudonym Ada Miller.

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Ana María Matute
(Spanish Novelist)
Ana María Matute
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Birthdate: July 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: June 25, 2014

Spanish writer Ana María Matute is counted among leading novelists of the posguerra. A member of Real Academia Española, Matute’s rich body of work, including novels like Fiesta al noroeste and short stories like El árbol de oro, helped her become the third woman to receive the Cervantes Prize. She also received Premio Nadal for the novel Primera memoria.

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Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia
(21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia)
Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia
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Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villa Guzmán el Bueno, Estoril, Portugal
Died: March 7, 2008
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María Zambrano
(Spanish Philosopher and Essayist)
María Zambrano
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Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Died: February 6, 1991

María Zambrano was a Spanish philosopher and essayist. She was part of the Generation of '36, a group of writers and artists who were active during the Spanish Civil War. María Zambrano's work achieved popularity in the late-20th century and she was honored with several prestigious awards such as the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award.

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Federica Montseny
(Spanish Intellectual & Anarchist Who Served as One of Western Europe's First Female Ministers)
Federica Montseny
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Birthdate: February 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: January 14, 1994

Federica Montseny was a Spanish intellectual and anarchist. She is best remembered for her service as the Minister of Health and Social Policy from 4 November 1936 to 17 May 1937. One of Western Europe's first female ministers, Federica Montseny was also known as an essayist and novelist. 

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Carmen Laforet
(Spanish Novelist and Short-Story Writer)
Carmen Laforet
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Birthdate: September 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: February 28, 2004

Premio Nadal-winning Spanish author Carmen Laforet is remembered for developing Spanish Existentialist literature. Best known for her first and most popular novel, Nada, she used the tremendismo narrative in her works. Suffering from Alzheimer's disease in later years, she eventually lost the ability to speak.

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Rosa Montero
(Journalist)
Rosa Montero
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Birthdate: January 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid
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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
(Spanish Writer)
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
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Birthdate: March 23, 1814
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camaguey, Cuba
Died: February 1, 1873
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda was a Cuban-born Spanish writer best remembered for her 1841 antislavery novel Sab. A prolific writer, Avellaneda also wrote numerous poems and about 20 plays. Her works were considered scandalous in Cuba because of its unconventional approach to society and recurrent themes of interracial love. 
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Mercè Rodoreda
(Spanish Novelist)
Mercè Rodoreda
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Birthdate: October 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: April 13, 1983

Spanish Catalan novelist Mercè Rodoreda is best remembered for her novel The Time of the Doves. While she had initially begun writing to escape her unhappy marriage, she took it up as a serious career while in exile in France and Switzerland after the Spanish Civil War.

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Gloria Fuertes
(Writer)
Gloria Fuertes
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Birthdate: July 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: November 27, 1998
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María de Zayas
(Spanish Dramatists and Playwrights)
María de Zayas
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Birthdate: September 12, 1590
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1661 AD

María de Zayas was a Spanish author who was active during Spain's Golden Age of literature. Many modern critics consider her one of the pioneers of modern literary feminism. She highlighted the multiple issues faced by women through the female characters in her stories. She was a much-respected writer. Not much is known about her personal life. 

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Elvira Lindo
(Journalist)
Elvira Lindo
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Birthdate: January 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cádiz
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Concepción Arenal
(Writer)
Concepción Arenal
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Birthdate: January 31, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ferrol, Spain
Died: February 4, 1893
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Carmen Martín Gaite
(Spanish Author Known for Her Short Novel 'The Nightmarish El Balneario' (The Spa))
Carmen Martín Gaite
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Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: July 22, 2000

Carmen Martín Gaite graduated with romance philology when it was rare for women to attend universities. The Premio Nadal-winning author is best remembered for her iconic works such as Entre visillos and El balneario. She was also one of only two female Spanish Royal Academy members back in her time.

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Lucía Etxebarría
(Writer)
Lucía Etxebarría
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Birthdate: December 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valencia
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Elena Santiago
(Spanish Writer and Novelist)
Elena Santiago
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Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castile and León, Spain
Died: January 3, 2021

Elena Santiago was a Spanish writer best remembered for writing novels, children's literature, and short stories. Over the course of her career, which spanned more than four decades, Elena Santiago received several prestigious awards like the Rosa Chacel Award, the Castile and León Award for Letters, and Novelas y Cuentos Award.

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Eva Forest
(Politician, Writer)
Eva Forest
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Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: May 19, 2007
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Rosa Chacel
(Writer)
Rosa Chacel
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Birthdate: June 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: July 27, 1994
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Fernán Caballero
(Writer)
Fernán Caballero
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Birthdate: December 24, 1796
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland
Died: April 7, 1877
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Elena Cué
(Spanish Businesswoman, Writer, and Art Expert)
Elena Cué
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Birthdate: October 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Carmen Posadas
(Writer)
Carmen Posadas
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Birthdate: August 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Planeta Prize-winning Uruguayan poet Carmen Posadas is best known for her internationally popular novels and children’s books. Born to a diplomat, she traveled around the world with her father, as a child. An Oxford drop-out, she later soared to fame with books such as Five Blue Flies.

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Luisa Carvajal y Mendoza
(Spanish Missionary)
Luisa Carvajal y Mendoza
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Birthdate: January 2, 1566
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaraicejo, Spain
Died: January 2, 1614

Born into an affluent family, Luisa Carvajal y Mendoza, remembered for her mystical poetry, lost her parents as a child. She later took her vows and also established a Jesuit college with the fortune her parents left her. She came under suspicion during the Gunpowder Plot and was imprisoned, too.

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Matilde Camus
(Spanish poet)
Matilde Camus
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Birthdate: September 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cantabria, Spain
Died: April 28, 2012
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Rosario de Acuña
(Spanish Author Who Wrote Poems, Dramas, Essays, and Short Stories)
Rosario de Acuña
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Birthdate: November 1, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: May 5, 1923

Rosario de Acuña was a Spanish author best remembered for writing poetry, short stories, essays, and dramas. Regarded as a bold freethinker and a controversial writer, Rosario de Acuña created quite a stir with her controversial dramas and poems. She is known to have voiced her opinion on many sensitive subjects, such as religion, civil marriage, and illegitimate births.

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Araceli Herrero Figueroa
(Spanish Writer)
Araceli Herrero Figueroa
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Birthdate: June 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lugo, Spain
Died: June 10, 2020
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Josefina Pla
(Poet)
Josefina Pla
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Birthdate: November 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isla de Lobos, Canarias, Spain
Died: January 11, 1999

Josefina Plá was a Spanish-born Paraguayan dramatist, poet, historian and sculptor, who yielded great influence on the 20th century Paraguayan culture. Gaining fame for her earliest poems like El precio de los sueños, she began operating a radio theater for the soldiers in the field during the Chaco War and later wrote many historical works including El barroco Hispano-guaraní .

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Concha Alós
(Writer)
Concha Alós
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Birthdate: May 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: August 1, 2011