Verónica Castro

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Verónica Castro (born October 19, 1952 in Mexico City) is a Mexican actress, singer and television host. She is the mother of singer Cristian Castro and filmmaker Michelle Sáinz Castro and the sister of actress Beatriz Castro, and telenovela producer José Alberto Castro.

She started her career as a television actress, where she met Manuel Valdez "El Loco", father of her son Cristian Castro, and in fotonovelas and telenovelas while earning her degree in international relations.

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Acting and music career

Her first brush with fame came appearing nude on Caballero magazine, a men's magazine published in Mexico City, when she was only 16 years of age.She recorded her first album in 1978, releasing three hit singles. She recorded, "Mi Pequeño Ciclón," "Soy Celosa," and "Yo Quisiera Señor Locutor." The following year, she recorded another hit record with "Aprendí A Llorar" and famed Mexican producer, composer and singer Juan Gabriel penned the hit single, "Adios" especially for her, which became very popular.

After appearing in a series of films and telenovelas her career took off with Los ricos también lloran, playing a poor orphan. This telenovela became a success in Latin America, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France, Russia, China and the Philippines. The success of this story brought her new found fame with her single, "Aprendí A Llorar." The following hit was "San Francisco De Asis."

Two years later she played the main role in the telenovela version of El derecho de nacer. Because of her expanding fame as a world artist, she started recording her music in different languages and began to tour the world and perform in diverse venues.

In 1986 she performed in the Latin version of "We Are The World." She also released one of her most ambitious albums to date, "Simplemente Todo." The top selling singles were "Oye Tu," "Simplemente Todo" and "Macumba." She accompanied her singles with videos, becoming one of the pioneers of the MTV age in Latin America. She recorded the music video "Macumba."

In 1987 her career got a huge boost internationally when she played the main character in Rosa salvaje alongside Guillermo Capetillo. The theme song for that telenovela, also named "Rosa salvaje", became one of her biggest hits. As her CD, "Reina de la noche," topped the charts and her soap opera became one of the world's best selling stories to date[citation needed], she released another #1 single, "Mala noche no."

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