(born Angélica María Vale Hartman
on November 11 1975
in Mexico City
) is a Mexican actress
, known also as the daughter of Angélica María
"La Novia de Mexico" (Mexico's Sweatheart), and as the daughter of comedian Raul Vale. She has been working as an actress for almost 30 years, but achieved fame in 2006
when she became the protagonist
of La Fea Más Bella
(The Prettiest Ugly Girl), a Mexican telenovela
, with her real life mother.
As a child, in the movie El Gran Triunfo
, Vale portrayed the daughter of Mexican superstar, Rigo Tovar
. In 1998, she portrayed Julieta in Soñadoras
and in 2001, she portrayed the character of Wendy Nayeli Pérez in Amigas y Rivales
, both characters which were of major importance to either project and which caused acclaim for the actress. However, the soap opera of La fea más bella
was the first major protagonistic main character role for her in any Mexican telenovela, though she had appeared in a number of Spanish language
programs. As a comedian
, Vale was one of the main celebrity impersonators
in the comedy show La Parodia
, from 2000
, but she chose to leave the show because she wanted to take some weeks off. From 2005
, she performed in El Privilegio de Mandar
(The Privilege to Command), which was a parody of an earlier soap opera that had stared Adela Noriega
and was titled El Privilegio de Amar
(The Privilege to Love). Because telenovelas are wildly popular throughout the Hispanic world, they are very profitable, even when they don't rate so well, so when as of 2006
, La fea más bella
became the number one Univision
TV program according to 2006 Nielsen ratings, Vale became looked upon as a guarantee to success by many producers, and it is speculated that this success may open the door for greater things to come.
Vale is featured as one of the eight subjects on the cover of People en Español
's "Los 50 Más Bellos" 2007 yearly issue and on the July 2007 monthly issue, reportedly more because of her recent popularity than because of her overall lengthy career (as many people in the business have stated that she is finally getting the international attention that she has come to deserve after laboring her talents so long and having very little ethical and commercial success). In April 2007, People en Español
announced that Vale would make a special guest appearance
on "Ugly Betty
", in which she'd reprise her Lety role in the episode "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara
," but instead she played a Lety look-alike named Angélica, who was a dental assistant, in the season finale
- From 1982-1986 her family was banned from Televisa due to the launch of the independent production "LUPITA" on the rival TV Azteca network in which she played the title role. All the family members were blacklisted until 1986, year in which Ernesto Alonso intervened on their behalf. He was instrumental in getting the ban lifted, allowing the family to return to work on Televisa's productions.
Like her mother, Vale is also a singer and has performed on the soundtrack
for La fea más bella
. She did several notable impersonations of another singer, Verónica Castro
on La Parodia
doing parodies of Castro's show, Mala noche... no!
. Vale is also listed in that program's credits as a singer of its theme song. She has also done many impressions of singers Shakira
, and Laura Leon
among others while she worked on Soñadoras
and Amigas y Rivales
; she also used some of these once more in "La Parodia". In 2007
, after the finale of "La Fea Mas Bella
", she sang one of the theme songs for the hit soap opera during an appearance on "El Show de Cristina
As an only child, she was precious, and curious. She enjoyed listening to her parents sing at home and often joined them in song. She loved magic tricks and trying to figure them out. One time when “La Maga Marian” visited her parents’ home for a Sunday afternoon brunch, she took La Maga into her bedroom and asked her to show her and to explain to her some of her magic tricks. While La Maga was showing her a magic trick, her mother interrupted, and told little Angélica that she must not steal the guests. With a pouty face, little Angélica joined the others in the dinning room.
Angélica Vale has been heavily persecuted by paparazzi from the early 90's onward, with a special focus on her love life. In the early stages of her life, she was rumored and confirmed as the girlfriend of actor Alejandro Ibarra, with whom it was also rumored that she was engaged to and would soon marry. However this wasn't the case, and they split around the time that she was cast for the role of Margarita in Bendita Mentira. This attention didn't surprise Vale, who as a young girl had seen the toll that paparazzi's attentions had taken on her mother and father's marriage when, according to tabloids, her father had led a double life with a woman in Texas. In 2005, after the death of her father, this attention reocurrently bothered her because she was constantly pestered by questions about her late father's testament and concernss about what would correspond to her father's young 'spouse'. She was overwhelmed to the point that she called for a meeting with all major television stations in Mexico and had them ask away, saying that if they didn't ask then, they would never get answers because she planned on closing that chapter in her life because it was very painful to talk about something so private.
Later on she was also linked to singer Jose Luis Figueroa, son of also singer Joan Sebastian, during a time when he was still involved with Ninel Conde, (considered the hottest women in the world by Latin American press), but Angélica Vale denied these reports. Soon after, Ninel and Jose Luis broke up, and he stated it was because Ninel was too "thin" for his likes. Vale was also targeted much by claims that she liked to get involved with married men, and a story was published in 2006 about her having caused the separation of a family, because her then-current-boyfriend had filed for divorce and his children had to live with seeing their father with another women in public. She also denied these allegations by claiming that the divorce had been filed one year prior to their relationship, and that his marriage was childless.
Other rumors that have followed surrounding her love life have been curiously sparked by a family friend, Cristina Saralegui, host of "El Show de Cristina", who, when interviewing the cast of "La Fea Mas Bella", stated that she thought that 'Don Fernando' (Jaime Camil) and 'Doña Lety' (Angélica Vale) had really fallen in love, but she was cut-off by the also present Angélica María, who changed the subject. Angélica María also sparked rumors revolving around her daughter because, of late, she has made a habit of saying that she is waiting impatiently for her only child to make her a grandmother. Despite the constant intrusion into her life by paparazzi, Angélica Vale has managed to maintain a lot about her life in secret, and thus this has caused thirsty paparazzi to fabricate stories on her behalf.
She has also had breast reduction.
Around the time she finish La Fea Mas Bella she also got an laser eye surgery
- Angélica Vale is considered to have a gifted mind, with a reported IQ of 178 (the average for Caucasians is 100).
- Her mother is half American and half Mexican, and was born in Louisiana, so Vale speaks English and Spanish fluently, and holds her own in French.
- Enjoys and is heavily talented in the art of imitating people, among them Colombian singer Shakira, who she had the opportunity to imitate in person on "La Parodia"