She was born with the name Manuel and spent her childhood in Malaga. She later went to Barcelona to fulfill her dream of being an artist. After a period of making shows in several of Barcelona's vaudeville locations, she made her debut in movies with a Vicente Aranda film, Cambio de Sexo (Sex Change).
Thanks to this movie, she became a celebrity all over Spain, making appearances and releasing several single song hits such as Call me Lady Champagne and Sálvame (Save Me).
In the 1980s, she began working with Pedro Almodóvar, the famous movie director, and she performed in many of his movies. After that, she hosted several TV shows and acted in more films.
In 2005, she started collaborating in the program Channel nº4 in Cuatro with Boris Izaguirre and Ana García Siñeriz.