Maria Conchita Alonso

Actor, Singer
Maria Conchita Alonso began her performing career after competing in and winning beauty-pageants (Miss Teenager of the World 1971, Miss Venezuela 1975). The Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised dark-haired beauty subsequently ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1957 in Cienfuegos, CU

Filmography

Actor (92)

Flights of Fancy 2014 (Movie)

Tía Gloria (Actor)

I Believe in America 2014 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Richard III 2014 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Without Men 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lords of Salem 2013 (Movie)

Alice Matthias (Actor)

Babylon Revisited 2012 (Movie)

Lupe Velez (Actor)

Maneater 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Spread 2009 (Movie)

Ingrid (Actor)

!Viva Hollywood! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Ida y Vuelta 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

El Muerto 2007 (Movie)

The Nun (Actor)

Saints and Sinners 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Art of Travel 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

2006 Alma Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Material Girls 2006 (Movie)

Inez (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing Papi 2003 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! (ABC) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingpin 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of America: Homeroom 2002 (Movie)

Mrs. Jones (Actor)

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Heat 2001 (Movie)

Adrian (Actor)

Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Women: Stories of Passion 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackheart 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Knockout 2000 (Movie)

Carmen Alvarado (Actor)

The Best Actress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Volaverunt 1999 (Movie)

Countess de Chinchon (Actor)

Big Bag 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Dillinger in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Annual Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Miss Universe Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1997) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Shout Out 1997 (Movie)

Miranda Vega (Actor)

Catherine's Grove 1996 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Caught 1996 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Theresa Rochetti (Actor)

Great Drives 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's Texas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Roosters 1995 (Movie)

Chata (Actor)

Strong Medicine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The VIDA Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Transito (Actor)

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

McBain 1991 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

Leona Cantrell (Actor)

One of the Boys 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Alva Restrepo (Actor)

Viva Miami! The Night of Super Sounds 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Louisa Gomez (Actor)

Blood Ties 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Sarita Cisneros (Actor)

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

Amber Mendez (Actor)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Claudia Pazzo (Actor)

Touch and Go 1986 (Movie)

Denise DeLeon (Actor)

Fear City 1985 (Movie)

Silver (Actor)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

Lucia Lombardo (Actor)

Acts of Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Best Actress (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Chain of Command (TV Show)

Actor

Footsteps (TV Show)

Actor

High Noon (TV Show)

Actor

My Husband's Secret Life (TV Show)

Actor

The Things We Do for Love (Movie)

Ines (Actor)
Music (3)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

("Suenos") (Song Performer)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

("Vamos a Bailar") (Song Performer)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

(Song)
Producer (1)

Blind Heat 2001 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Maria Conchita Alonso began her performing career after competing in and winning beauty-pageants (Miss Teenager of the World 1971, Miss Venezuela 1975). The Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised dark-haired beauty subsequently became one of South America's best-selling recording artists before becoming established as one of Hollywood's leading Hispanic actresses with her role in "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984), opposite Robin Williams. For a time in the late 1980s, she was in demand and starred alongside many of the leading male actors of the day. Alonso was nicely teamed romantically with Michael Keaton in the genial comedy "Touch and Go" (1986) and proved an effective comic foil for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the futuristic "The Running Man" (1987) but was underused as Sean Penn's doomed lover in "Colors" (1988). The actress rounded out the decade with an ill-fated attempt at sitcom stardom in NBC's "One of the Boys" (1989).

Relationships

Ricardo Alonso

Father

Conchita Bustillo

Mother

Ricardo Alonso Bustillo

Brother

Roberto Alonso Bustillo

Brother

Adnan Taletovich

Companion
Croatian born c. 1968

Milestones

2006

Cast on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," as Gabrielle's mother, Lucia

2006

Cast opposite Hilary and Haylie Duff in the comedy "Material Girls"

2000

Played the US Vice President in the thriller "Chain of Command" (aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release)

2000

Cast as a dying woman in "Knockout"

2000

Had featured role as the sheriff's mistress in the TNT remake of "High Noon"

2000

Portrayed the lesbian lover of a closeted performer in the E! Entertainment Television original comedy "Best Actress"

1998

Co-starred in "Volaverunt", a historical drama directed by Bigas Luna speculating on why there are two versions of the Spanish artist Goya's painting "Volaverunt"

1998

Played a TV talk show host in the Spanish-language feature "Shout Out/El Grito en el Cielo"

1998

Hosted Spanish-language talk show for Telemundo

1996

Starred as a Cuban immigrant bus driver taken hostage in the ABC fact-based TV-movie "Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus # 17"

1995

Reteamed with Olmos and director Young for "Caught"

1995

Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Texas"

1995

Made Broadway debut in title role of "Kiss of the Spiderwoman"; succeeded Vanessa Williams in the part

1993

Starred opposite Edward James Olmos in "Roosters", directed by Robert M Young; film released theatrically in 1995

1993

Was one of the few actors of South American heritage cast in "The House of the Spirits", an adaptation of Chilean author Isabelle Allende's novel, starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Winona Ryder

1990

Played the female lead in "Predator 2"

1989

Starred in the NBC sitcom "One of the Boys"

1988

Acted opposite Sean Penn and Robert Duvall in "Colors"

1987

Co-starred in the futuristic thriller "The Running Man"

1986

TV-movie debut, "Blood Ties" (Showtime)

1984

US film acting debut in "Moscow on the Hudson"; also sang

1975

Crowned Miss Venezuela

1970

Named Miss Teenager of the World

1962

Family fled Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power; relocated to Venezuela when she was five (date approximate)

Appeared in four feature films and ten soap operas in Venezuela before moving to the USA

Bonus Trivia

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Four of her numerous albums have gone gold and one, platinum.

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In an August 2000 interview in People magazine, Alonso revealed her struggle with bulimia.

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