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Itatí Guadalupe Cantoral Zucchi (born May 13, 1975) is a Mexican actress, singer, dancer, and producer, She is of Spanish and Italian descent . She is best known for her roles as Soraya Montenegro in Televisa's telenovela María la del Barrio (1995) and as Alejandra Álvarez del Castillo Fernández "La Licenciada" in Televisa's telenovela Hasta que el dinero nos separe (2009). On November 18, 2015, Cantoral was named Mr. Amigo, which is an association in Brownsville, Texas that honors a Mexican citizen each year to promote international friendship and good will between the U.S. and Mexico. Itatí is the second member of the Cantoral family to be awarded Mr. Amigo after her father, Roberto Cantoral, was awarded in 1981. Her maldita lisiada scene in María la del Barrio has become an internet meme.
Itatí Guadalupe Cantoral Zucchi
May 13, 1975
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
|Occupation||Actress, singer dancer producer|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
(m. 1999; div. 2004)
(m. 2008; div. 2017)
Early life and educationEdit
Cantoral was born in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico. She is the daughter of Mexican composer and songwriter, Roberto Cantoral, and Argentine actress of Italian descent, Itatí Zucchi. Cantoral has three brothers Carlos, Roberto & also actor and singer José Cantoral. A child actress, at 13, Cantoral was accepted into the Televisa actors' academy, Centro de Educación Artística, and made her television debut in the series La telaraña in 1986. Later, acting in the telenovela Muchachitas in 1991, led to work in theatre of Mexico City.
In 1993, Cantoral appeared in Dos mujeres, un camino with Erik Estrada, Laura León, Bibi Gaytán, Lorena Herrera, Selena Quintanilla, Jorge Salinas, and members of Grupo Bronco. This production exposed her to wider audiences in Mexico and Latin America. She took the role of the villain Soraya Montenegro in "María la del Barrio" in 1995/6, acting with Thalía and Fernando Colunga. In 1996 and 1997 she appeared in Tú y yo, acting with Maribel Guardia and Joan Sebastian, and Salud, dinero y amor, the sequel to another Mexican telenovela, El premio mayor.
In 2001, Cantoral played the female villain "Raquel Villavicencio" in Televisa's Sin Pecado Concebido, a production that included Angelica Rivera, and Carlos Ponce. She played in the Brazilian production Vale todo in 2002, and in 2003, Telemundo's El alma herida, as a teenage girl who crosses the Mexican-US border to find her long-lost mother. In 2004, she was Sally Bowles in Mexico City's Teatro Insurgentes production of Cabaret, and in 2006, starred with Francisco Gattorno in the Telemundo production of Julio Jimenez's La Viuda de Blanco, the story of a beautiful woman unjustly imprisoned, returning to Trinidad in search of, and to reclaim, her past.
In 2009–2010, she gave life to the character of "Alejandra Alvarez Del Castilo" in Televisa's hit telenovela Hasta que el dinero nos separe with actor and singer Pedro Fernández, for which she won Best Actress at the Premios TVyNovelas, where the telenovela also won the main category; the actors won Best Couple of the Year at the show.
Cantoral protagonized many famous plays in Mexican theater, such as Aventurera, Sweet Charity, Mame the Musical and many more.
Recently, in 2018, she starred as Mexican actress Silvia Pinal in the biographical television series Silvia Pinal, Frente a Ti, for which she was nominated as Best Actress in a TV series for the Premios TVyNovelas.
As a singer, Cantoral has released two albums, one of them being Itatí Canta a Roberto Cantoral, which was produced by her late father Roberto Cantoral. In 2018, she was part of the CD tribute to her father "Roberto Cantoral: Siempre Vivo" with the song 'Me Esta Gustando'.
Cantoral met her first husband Eduardo Santamarina at CEA Televisa where they were classmates. In 1992 they first began to work together in De Frente al Sol. Five years later, in 1997, they were the main protagonists of Salud, Dinero y Amor where their love story began. Cantoral and Santamarina dated for about two years. They had a civil wedding on September 18, 1999, and four months later they got married in church on January 22, 2000; a couple of days before the wedding they announced that she was pregnant with twins. She gave birth to their twin boys Eduardo & Roberto Miguel on August 3, 2000. After 5 years of marriage in mid 2004 they announced their separation; their divorce was finalized six months later.
While working on La Viuda de Blanco she began a personal association with producer Carlos Alberto Cruz, and they legalized their relationship in a private ceremony in 2008. On October 9, 2008 she gave birth to their daughter María Itatí. Their love story ended in 2017, when Cantoral and Cruz officially announced their divorce.
|De cuando el pescado murió de placer||2002||Television conductor||Short film|
|La hija del caníbal||2003||Airline saleswoman|
|Ya no los hacen como antes||2003||Perla|
|El fuego de la venganza||2004||Evelyn||Uncredited|
|Cansada de besar sapos||2006||Cecilia|
|No hay derecho joven||2006||Lawyer|
|One Long Night||2007||Patty|
|El Santos vs la Tetona Mendoza||2012||La Lisiada Novela Actress|
|Amor de mis amores||2014||Elva|
|La dictadura perfecta||2014||Lucrecia Lascuráin|
|Sobre tus huellas||2017||Horse Riding Instructor|
|No Manches Frida 2||2019||Camila|
|La telaraña||1986||Unknown role|
|La pícara soñadora||1991||Unknown role|
|De frente al sol||1992||Lupita|
|Dos mujeres, un camino||1993||Graciela Torres Núñez|
|Mujer, casos de la vida real||1994–96||Various roles||4 episodes|
|Lo que se vio y no se vio de Dos mujeres, un camino||1994||Graciela Torres Núñez||Archive footage, television film|
|María la del Barrio||1995||Soraya Montenegro|
|Tú y yo||1996||Casandra|
|Salud, dinero y amor||1997||Estrella Pérez|
|Derbez en cuando||1994||Soraya Montenegro||Archive footage|
|Cuento de Navidad||1999||Sebring Cirrus|
|Infierno en el paraíso||1999||Francesca Paoli Prado|
|Sin pecado concebido||2001||Raquel Villavicencio Rojas|
|Amigas y rivales||2001||Eduviges|
|El alma herida||2003||Eugenia Granados|
|La viuda de Blanco||2006||Alicia Guardiola|
|Tiempo final||2008||Silvia||Episode: "Mala noche"|
|Mujeres asesinas||2008||Sandra Arvide||Episode: "Sandra, trepadora"|
|Hasta que el dinero nos separe||2009–10||Alejandra Álvarez del Castillo||Main role; 231 episodes (season 1)|
|El sexo débil||2011||Helena Román|
|Capadocia||2012||Leonor Cantú||Recurring role; 4 episodes (season 3)|
|Fortuna||2013||Comisionada Paloma Alarcón|
|¿Quién mató a Patricia Soler?||2015||Sara Fernández / Isabel|
|Amores con trampa||2015||Isabel||Main role; 128 episodes (season 1)|
|El Vato||2016||Wendy Lozada||9 episodes|
|El Chema||2016–17||Blanca||Main role; 79 episodes (season 1)|
|José José, el príncipe de la canción||2018||Natalia "Kiki" Herrera||Main role|
|Silvia Pinal, frente a ti||2019||Silvia Pinal||Main role|
|Se rentan cuartos||2019||Graciela Garza De La Garza y Más Garza||Main role|
|La mexicana y el güero||2020||Andrea Ibarrola Gil||Main Role|
|Papás por encargo||2022||Maricarmen||Filming|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1993||Best Young Lead Actress||De frente al Sol||Nominated|
|1994||Dos mujeres, un camino|
|1996||Best Female Antagonist||María la del Barrio||Won|
|2002||Sin pecado concebido|
|2010||Best Lead Actress||Hasta que el dinero nos separe |
|2020||Best Lead Actress in a Series||Silvia Pinal, Frente a ti||Won|
Premios People en EspañolEdit
|2010||Best Actress||Hasta que el dinero nos separe||Won|
|2010||Best Couple (with Pedro Fernandez)||Hasta que el dinero nos separe||Won|
Festival Mercado TV-Fiction International AwardsEdit
|2011||Best Lead Actress||El Sexo Débil||Won|
Association of Theatre Journalists AwardsEdit
|2012||Best Lead Actress||Misery||Won|
- Medal Omecihuatl 2011 Awarded by Inmujeres DF
- Part of "Los 50 más bellos" by magazine People en Español (2011, 2015)
- Queen of Voceadores (2010)
- Queen of Veracruz television
- Premio Palmas de oro (Best Villain)
- Jealous of the popularity
- Premio Bravo
- Premio ACE of New York
- El Sol de oro
- Premio Fama New York (2002)
- Queen of Mariachi (2015)
- Mr. Amigo (Nov. 18, 2015)
- "Rancho Viejo-based composer passes away in Mexico". KGBT-TV. 2010-08-08. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- "COMENZARON LAS GRABACIONES DE PAPÁS POR ENCARGO, UNA NUEVA SERIE ORIGINAL DE DISNEY+ PRODUCIDA EN LATINOAMÉRICA". April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
- TVyEspectáculos "Itatí cantoral nominada al premio TV&Novelas como Mejor actriz" Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine-actualizado febrero 2010
- People en español "Itatí Cantoral una de los 50 más bellos" Archived 2011-05-02 at the Wayback Machine - actualizado abril de 2011