Maribel Guardia (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾiˈβel ˈɣwaɾðja]; born Maribel Del Rocío Fernández García on May 29, 1959)[1] is a Costa Rican-Mexican actress, tv host, model, singer and beauty pageant titleholder. She was the winner of Miss Costa Rica 1978 and a contestant in Miss Universe 1978.

Maribel Guardia
Guardia in 2017
Maribel Del Rocío Fernández García

(1959-05-29) May 29, 1959 (age 65)
San José, Costa Rica
  • actress
  • model
  • singer
  • tv host
Years active1980–present
TitleMiss Costa Rica 1978
  • Marco Chacón
    (m. 2010)
ChildrenJulian Figueroa Fernandez

Miss Universe and Miss World edit

Guardia was elected Miss Costa Rica in 1978, going on to represent her country at the Miss Universe 1978 beauty pageant (did not place but was selected as Miss Photogenic[2]) and the Miss World 1978 beauty pageant (placed as a top 15 semi-finalist). The Miss Universe pageant had been held in Acapulco, and she received offers by Televisa producer Sergio Bustamante[3] to develop a career there, but she returned to her country. Months later, she accepted the offer and returned to Mexico, leaving her mother and boyfriend.

Acting and singing career edit

Guardia moved to Mexico in 1980, which proved crucial for her show business career. In 1980, she appeared in her first television show alongside Manuel "El Loco" Valdés.

Guardia went on to make multiple telenovelas (soap operas) and release a series of albums in the Norteño music genre. She has been signed to three different labels since her debut album was released in 1988: first with Musart Records, then from the late-1990s until the mid-2000s with Fonovisa Records, and in recent years with EMI Televisa Music in Latin America and Capitol Records in the United States.

Guardia has acted alongside important actors, including Andrés García, Saul Lisazo, and Joan Sebastian. One of her major soap opera hits was alongside Sebastian. Together, they filmed Tú y yo. One film where she acted alongside Andrés García was Pedro Navaja, where she played the main character's wife. She also did a film called El Rey de Los Taxistas alongside Luis de Alba. She and another El Rey de Los Taxistas co-star, Aida Pierce, would work together again in the telenovela Serafin.

Additionally, she has done telenovelas for children. She has also done a sitcom in 2006 that is called ¡Qué madre tan padre! as well as the variety show, Muévete. In 2007, she was included in the book Televisa Presenta, commemorating fifty years of network television in Mexico.

In 2008, she released a new album; the leading single is "De Pecho A Pecho" (From Chest To Chest) written by the Nicaraguan composer, songwriter, and singer Hernaldo Zúñiga. Apart from her acting and singing jobs, she has also modeled for various calendars and magazines sold to her fans. Guardia also dated Jose Trujillo in the late 1970s.

Since late 2010, she has been married to Marco Chacón and lived with her son in Mexico City. Guardia has been inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City.

In January 2010, she announced that she had worked all of 2009 on a new studio album, set to be released on February 13, 2010, under EMI Music, titled "Move You On – Muévete", which contained 12 tracks recorded in Mexico City, Texas & Colombia, eight tracks were in Spanish, the other four were in English.

Personal life edit

Guardia lived with Joan Sebastian for five years and had a son with him,[4] Julián Figueroa.[5] In her personal life, Maribel Guardia has faced various challenges. Julián Figueroa followed in his parents' footsteps and pursued a career in music. On 9 April 2023, Figueroa Figueroa was found dead at his home at the age of 27.[6] Maribel Guardia has been married to Marco Chacón since 2010.

Television edit

Year Title Character Note
2022 Albertano contra los mostros Lola D'Bo[7] Main role
2020 Te doy la vida Silvia[8] Guest star
2019 Vecinos Tía Oli Episode: "Hoy juega México"
2014-15 Muchacha italiana viene a casarse Julieta Michel Recurring role
2012–23 Corona de lágrimas Julieta Vasquez Main cast
2011-12 Una familia con suerte Isabella Ruiz Guest star
2010 Niña de mi Corazón Pilar Alarcón de Arrioja Main cast
2007-08 Al diablo con los guapos Rosario Ramos / Rosella di Yano Recurring role
2006 ¡Qué madre tan padre! Maribel Galicia[9] Lead role
2004-05 Misión S.O.S. aventura y amor Ximena Aranda Lead role
2001 Aventuras En El Tiempo Flor del Huerto Lead role
1999 Serafín Carmen Lead role
1996-97 Tú y yo Estela Díaz Infante Lead role
1994 Prisionera de amor Cristina Carbajal / Florencia Rondán Lead role
1986 Seducción Marina Lead role

References edit

  1. ^ "Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones de Costa Rica". Archived from the original on May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "El Universal - Maribel Guardia". Retrieved November 29, 2023.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Maribel Guardia :: Artistas :: esmas". March 16, 2007. Archived from the original on March 16, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  4. ^ Lorena Corpus y Alejandro Jasso, "Rompiendo el molde de la pareja anterior" El Norte (Mexico DF, Mexico) February 2, 2004
  5. ^ "Julián Figueroa: así luce el único hijo de Maribel Guardia". Publiko (in Spanish). August 11, 2022. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  6. ^ LW (April 10, 2023). "Julián Figueroa, hijo de Maribel Guardia y Joan Sebastian, falleció a los 27 años en su casa". Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  7. ^ Betancourt, Oswaldo (September 23, 2021). "'Albertano contra los monstruos' tendrá a Maribel Guardia como una villana". (in Spanish). Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  8. ^ Martínez, Fabricio (May 25, 2022). "Maribel Guardia regresa a las telenovelas en Te doy la vida: "el público se divertirá"". (in Spanish). Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  9. ^ "¿Qué hacen ahora los actores de 'Qué madre tan padre'?". (in Spanish). Retrieved September 22, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe – Photogenic Award
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Claudia María Garnier Arias
Miss Costa Rica
Succeeded by
Carla Facio Franco