Patricia Maldonado (singer)

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Clorinda Érika Patricia Maldonado Aravena[1] (born September 17, 1950), better known as just Patricia Maldonado, is a Chilean singer and television presenter. In the 1970s to the late 1990s, she was active as a singer and political activist. Maldonado is widely known in the Chilean media for her strong personality and political controversy.

Patricia Maldonado
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Maldonado in 2011
Clorinda Érika Patricia Maldonado Aravena

(1950-09-17) September 17, 1950 (age 72)
Santiago, Chile
Occupation(s)Singer and TV host
SpouseJorge Pino (m. 1986)

Artistic careerEdit

Maldonado began her career as a performer of boleros and ballads during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1979, she gained stardom with the song "La quintralada", composed by Florcita Motuda.[2] That same year, she represented Chile at the OTI Festival held in Caracas, Venezuela, with the song "La Música", by Scottie Scott.[3]

In 1982 she debuted as an actor in the telenovela De cara al Mañana on TVN. At the same time, she was the host of the program Pare, mire y escuche and participated as a comedian in Jappening con Ja, replacing Maitén Montenegro. During late 1983, she settled in the United States to develop her singing career, and although she managed to release several singles on Latin music charts, she later returned to Chile.

In 1989, she presented Anímese on Channel 11. However, her public support for the military dictatorship caused most television channels to veto it during the 1990s. At the time, she had several ventures with his spouse, such as a pub called "Confetti's”and a restaurant called “El Vozarrón de la Maldo”.[4]

In the 2000s, she turned away from music and onto television, as a panelist for pink press programs and celebrity shows, including the morning Mucho gusto and Yo soy... (on Mega), Locos por el baile, and Cantando por un sueño (Canal 13).

After the start of the 2019-20 Chilean protests, Maldonado's participation in Mucho gusto was suspended, and her program Sin límites - which she presented with Raquel Argandoña - was canceled by Radio Agricultura.[5] In 2020, the Chilean television channel Mega did not renew their contract with Maldonado, officially ending her 17-year-long career at said channel.[6]

Political careerEdit

Maldonado with Augusto Pinochet

A supporter of then-president Eduardo Frei Montalva, she was a member of the Christian Democratic Party at the age of 15 and was contrary to Salvador Allende's Popular Unity government.[7]

She was an open supporter of the military dictatorship from its beginnings. She refers to Augusto Pinochet as her "compadre", as he was the baptismal godfather of her daughter Patricia, and they shared several political ideals. She also publicly supported the pro-Pinochet "Yes" option for the 1988 plebiscite.[8]

She was an independent candidate for deputy in the 1989 parliamentary elections, but supported by the ultra-right for the 28th electoral district of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, where she obtained 15.38% of the votes, which made her a third individual majority, but not enough to be elected. In 1990, she was one of the founders of the small right-wing party Democracia Nacional de Centro, where she became vice president.[9]

She was again a candidate for deputy in 1997, this time as part of the ultra-right conservative Independent Democratic Union party, in order to represent the 18th electoral district of the Santiago Metropolitan Region. She obtained 11.43% of the votes. Although it constituted the second personal majority, she was not elected. After said election, she stopped participating in party politics. However, she traveled repeatedly to London in 1998, on the occasion of the arrest of then senator for life Augusto Pinochet.


Television programsEdit

  • 1979 - OTI 1979
  • 1980-1983 - Pare, mire y escuche
  • 1983 - Jappening con Ja
  • 1988-1990 - Cordialmente
  • 1989-1990 - ¡Anímese!
  • 2003 - Con ustedes
  • 2003-2019 - Mucho gusto
  • 2006 - Locos por el baile
  • 2007 - Cantando por un sueño
  • 2009 - La Noche: el reality Conductora
  • 2010 - Sábado por la Noche
  • 2011 - Vive USA
  • 2011-2012 - Yo soy...
  • 2012 - Las Argandoña
  • 2013 - Vértigo


  • 1982 - De cara al mañana


Year Title Type
1973 Desde Hace Tiempo / Eres Lo Que Nunca Quise Ser Single
1974 Dedicado A / Sin Adios Single
1978 Patricia Maldonado Album
1981 A Mi / No Quiero Ser Tu Amante Single
1985 Patricia Maldonado Album
1990 1973-1990 Muchas Gracias Album
2018 Grandes Éxitos Compilation


  1. ^ "Lucho Jara reveló el verdadero nombre de Patricia Maldonado en "Mucho Gusto"". Pagina 7 (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2017-10-17.
  2. ^ "Florcita Motuda habla de sus duetos con Patricia Maldonado". Bush in Action (in Spanish). 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2020-09-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Biografía" [Biography]. (in Spanish). Last FM. Retrieved 2020-11-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Locuaz". La Nación (in Spanish). 2003-09-14. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  5. ^ "La radical decisión de Patricia Maldonado tras el estallido social en Chile". FMDOS (in Spanish). 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  6. ^ "Mega no renueva contrato a Patricia Maldonado". La Prensa Austral (in Spanish). 2020-11-25. Retrieved 2020-11-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Maldonado, Patricia (2016-03-04). "Aprendí a usar armas en la DC". El Periodista (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  8. ^ "Los 100 rostros del Sí". The Clinic (in Spanish). 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2020-11-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Resolución 461 Exenta". Biblioteca Nacional del Congreso de Chile (in Spanish). 1990-06-04. Retrieved 2020-11-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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