Top 100 Latin American Actressesby minalex | created - 07 Jul 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The best actresses from Mexico (37), Brazil (27), Argentina (17), Cuba (6), Chile (4), Colombia (3), Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Actress | Las abandonadas
Dolores del Rio was the one of the first Mexican movie stars with international appeal and who had meteoric career in the 1920s/1930s Hollywood. Del Rio came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything and emigrated to Mexico City, ...
2. Estela Inda
Actress | Los olvidados
Estela Inda was born on June 28, 1917 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico as María Soledad García Corona. She was an actress and writer, known for Los Olvidados (1950), Soledad's Shawl (1952) and Tierra de valientes (1984). She died on December 7, 1995 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
Actress | Historia de un corazón
Alma Delia Fuentes was born on January 22, 1937 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Alma Delia Susana Fuentes Gonzalez. She was an actress, known for Historia de un corazón (1951), Los Olvidados (1950) and A.T.M.: ¡¡A toda máquina!! (1951). She was married to Julio...
4. Andrea Palma
Actress | La mujer del puerto
Andrea Palma became the first diva of Mexican cinema, when she appeared in the tragic leading role of Rosario, the prostitute of The Woman of the Port (1934), one of the iconic films of the "cine de pecadoras" genre that became a staple in the Mexican film industry. Andrea was the daughter of Julio ...
5. Katy Jurado
Actress | High Noon
Katy Jurado was born María Cristina Estela Jurado García into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of...
6. Delia Garcés
Actress | Casa de muñecas
Delia Garcés was born on October 13, 1919 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Delia Amador Garcia. She was an actress, known for Casa de muñecas (1943), Little Teacher of Workmen (1942) and Becquer's Great Love (1946). She was married to Alberto de Zavalía. She died on November 7, 2001 in Buenos ...
Actress | Don Juan Tenorio
Aurora Walker was born on July 28, 1904 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Aurora Walker García. She was an actress, known for Don Juan Tenorio (1937), Jesus of Nazareth (1942) and In the Times of Don Porfirio (1940). She was married to Julio Taboada. She died on January 2, 1964 in Mexico ...
Actress | Salt of the Earth
A star in her native Mexico, Revueltas was branded a Communist and deported from the U.S. after making her one U.S. film, "Salt of the Earth" (1954), a Mexican-American film about striking miners. She continued her acting career in Mexico, and was also a dancer and author. In her later years she ...
9. Rita Macedo
Actress | Tú, yo, nosotros
Rita Macedo was the daughter of novelist Julia Guzmán. She began acting in the 1940s. Macedo was first married to writer 'Carlos Fuentes'; then to producer Luis de Llano and their children are actress/singer/producer Julissa, and TV producer Luis de Llano Macedo. She won the Best Actress Ariel for ...
10. María Félix
Actress | Enamorada
Doubtlessly the most famous Mexican movie star, María Félix created a larger-than-life character: herself. La Doña, as the star was known after the character of her 1943 movie Doña Bárbara, starred in 47 movies, most of them forgettable except for her presence in them. More a star than an actress, ...
Actress | La muerte enamorada
Born in the pre-war Prague, young Miroslava Sternova (or simply Miroslava, as she was known in her film career) was brought to Mexico by her parents in the late 30s, leaving her childhood, her native Czechoslovakia and her beloved grandma. After winning a beauty contest in Mexico City, Miroslava ...
12. Ariadne Welter
Actress | Verano salvaje
Ariadne Welter was born on June 29, 1930 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Ariadna Gloria Welter Vorhauer. She is known for her work on Verano salvaje (1980), Las mujeres panteras (1967) and The Devil's Hand (1961). She was married to Miguel Gallego and Gustavo Alatriste. She died on ...
13. Marga López
Actress | Salón México
Marga López was born on June 21, 1924 in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina as Catalina Margarita López Ramos. She was an actress, known for Salón México (1949), Even the Wind Is afraid (1968) and Soledad (1947). She was married to Arturo de Córdova and Carlos Amador. She died on July 4...
16. Silvia Pinal
Actress | El ángel exterminador
Now a living legend and still very active, Silvia Pinal began her career in theater and became a leading lady in her first movie roles, in the late 1940s. Always a smart urban girl, she belongs to the second and most versatile generation of Mexican movie stars of the Golden Era, together with Pedro...
17. Rita Moreno
Actress | West Side Story
Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...
18. Pina Pellicer
Actress | One-Eyed Jacks
Pina Pellicer was, and still is, one of the most beloved Mexican actresses of all time. She set a standard for realism in a time when "melodrama" and "artificial" acting still ran rampant. She was best known for her groundbreaking performance in One-Eyed Jacks (1961) with Marlon Brando. She is ...
19. Linda Cristal
Actress | The High Chaparral
Argentinian leading lady Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges was one of three siblings, born in Buenos Aires to a French father and Italian mother. When she was five years of age, her father, a publisher, fled with his family to Montevideo, Uruguay, where they went on to live for several years in ...
Actress | El ángel exterminador
Jacqueline Andere was born on August 20, 1938 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as María Esperanza Jacqueline Andere Aguilar. She is an actress, known for The Exterminating Angel (1962), La señorita (1994) and Trampas de amor (1969). She was previously married to José María Fernández ...
Actress | El ángel exterminador
Rosa Elena Durgel was born on July 22, 1929 in Mexico, D.F., Mexico as Rosa Elena Rodríguez Camporredondo. She was an actress, known for The Exterminating Angel (1962), Dos corazones y un cielo (1959) and Amor del bueno (1957). She died on September 21, 1985 in Mexico City, Mexico.
23. Yoná Magalhães
Actress | Os Imigrantes
Magalhães began her career on Tupi Broadcasting's radio and TV in 1954, playing small roles and background acting, eventually getting her big break and greater roles and prominent characters. All of this way before the era of videotaping.
Moving to the state to Bahia, after her first marriage in ...
Actress | Talpa
Hortensia Santoveña was born on October 17, 1912 in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán, Mexico as Hortensia Santoveña Salinas. She was an actress, known for Talpa (1956), Eugenia Grandet (1953) and Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970). She was married to Pascual García Peña. She died on July 11, 1986 in Mexico, ...
29. Odete Lara
Actress | O Jogo da Vida e da Morte
Odete Lara was born on April 17, 1929 in São Paulo, Brazil as Odete Righi Bertoluzzi. She was an actress and writer, known for O Jogo da Vida e da Morte (1972), Men and Women (1964) and Otto Lara Rezende ou... Bonitinha, Mas Ordinária (1963). She was married to Antonio Carlos da Fontoura and ...
31. Florinda Bolkan
Actress | Cari genitori
A sensual, versatile legend of arthouse and grindhouse Italian cinema, Florinda Bolkan was born Florinda Soares Bulcão in Uruburetama, Ceará, Brazil, as the youngest of three children from a Brazilian father and an Indios mother. Her father, diplomat José Pedro Soares Bulcão, died when she was 14, ...
32. Jennifer O'Neill
Actress | Scanners
Jennifer O'Neill was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 1948. Her father Oscar (who died 2009 at age 91) was of Irish-Spanish descent and her mother Irene ("Rene") was English. Whereas Elvis Presley was riding high on the fame of his hit record, "Blue Suede Shoes", in 1956, in 1957--...
Actress | Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês
Ana Maria Magalhães was born on January 21, 1950 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Ana Maria Portinho Magalhães. She is an actress and director, known for How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971), Real desejo (1990) and Uirá, Um Índio em Busca de Deus (1973).
34. Helena Rojo
Actress | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Born in Mexico City on the 18th of August, 1944, Helena Rojo has an extensive career in theater, film and television acting, in both domestic and international productions (notably collaborating with Werner Herzog in "Aguirre, the Wrath of God", as well as Arturo Ripstein in "Fox Trot").
She began ...
37. Isela Vega
Actress | Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Isela Vega was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico on November 5, 1939. The young beauty was named Princess of the 1957 Carnaval in Hermosillo, and parlayed that into work as a model. She also had some success as a singer before turning to acting. (Her composition "Bennie's Song" was used in Bring ...
42. Norma Bengell
Actress | Terrore nello spazio
Norma Bengell was born on February 21, 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Norma Almeida Pinto Guimarães d'Area Bengell. She was an actress and director, known for Planet of the Vampires (1965), Sea of Roses (1978) and Eternamente Pagu (1987). She was married to Gabriele Tinti. She died on October 9,...
43. Myrian Muniz
Actress | Nino, o Italianinho
Myrian Muniz was born on October 28, 1931 in São Paulo, Brazil. She was an actress and director, known for Nino, o Italianinho (1969), O Jogo da Vida (1977) and Nina (2004). She was married to Carlos Henrique D'Andretta and Sylvio Zilber. She died on December 18, 2004 in São Paulo, São Paulo.
44. Marília Pêra
Actress | Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco
Marília Pêra was born on January 22, 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Marília Soares Pêra. She was an actress, known for Pixote (1981), Central Station (1998) and Better Days Ahead (1989). She was married to Bruno Faria, Nelson Motta, Paulo Villaça, Agildo Ribeiro and Paulo Graça ...
Actress | The Running Man
Maria Conchita Alonso was born Maria Concepcion Alonso Bustillo on June 29, 1957 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, but raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She was crowned Miss Teenager World in 1971 and later as Miss Distrito Federal became the first runner up in the Miss Venezuela 1975 competition placing later that...
47. Isabela Corona
Actress | Cóndores no entierran todos los días
Isabela Corona was born on July 2, 1913 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico as Refugio Corona Pérez Frías. She was an actress, known for A Man of Principle (1984), El infierno de todos tan temido (1981) and Yesenia (1971). She died on July 8, 1993 in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
48. Sônia Braga
Actress | Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos
Sônia Braga was born June 8, 1950, in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, to a seamstress mother and a realtor father. She starred in the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976), in the central role of Dona Flor. She earned American recognition and a Golden Globe ...
49. Norma Aleandro
Actress | La historia oficial
Norma Aleandro is the Grande Dame of Argentine theater and cinema not only because she was not content to have trodden the stage as early as the the age of nine, she is still active in theater and cinema in 2011. Her last film to date, Daniel Burman's La suerte en tus manos (2012) is in ...
Actress | La historia oficial
Chunchuna Villafane was born Elva Villafañe in 1940, and originally had a career in modelling in the 60s. In the 70s she appeared in the film _No toquena a la nena (1976)_; that same year, she went into exile when the military junta took over Argentina, moving to Spain with her two daughters and her...
56. Thelma Tixou
Actress | Santa Sangre
Thelma Tixou was born on May 4, 1944 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Thelma Delia Suklenik. She was an actress, known for Santa Sangre (1989), Las vías del amor (2002) and La muchacha del cuerpo de oro (1967). She died on January 15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.
59. Lumi Cavazos
Actress | Como agua para chocolate
Born Luz Maria Cavazos in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, she moved with her family to Guadalajara when she was 7 years old. At the age of 15 she was bitten by the acting bug, which led her to join a theater group while still finishing her high school years. At 19 she moved to Mexico City ...
60. Margarita Isabel
Actress | Como agua para chocolate
Margarita Isabel was born on July 25, 1943 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was an actress, known for Como agua para chocolate (1992), Dos crímenes (1994) and Mujeres insumisas (1995). She was married to Mario Iván Martínez Ortega. She died on April 9, 2017 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.
62. Claudette Maillé
Actress | Como agua para chocolate
Claudette is recognized for her diverse acting roles in cinema, theater and television, which include "Before Night Falls" with Javier Bardem and the role of Gertrudis in "Like Water for Chocolate". She has appeared in films such as "Colosio", "Obediencia Perfecta", "KM 31", the TV series "...
Actress | Central do Brasil
Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva was born on 16th October 1929 in Rio de Janeiro. She adopted the name "Fernanda" because she thought it sounded good. "Montenegro" came after her family doctor.
In late 40s she was translating and adapting famous theater plays to radio. She begun her artistic life ...
71. Cecilia Roth
Actress | Todo sobre mi madre
She moved to Spain with her father and her brother, Ariel Rot, in 1976 and started acting. Her first major role was in Iván Zulueta's Rapture (1979). After appearing in Pedro Almodóvar's debut feature _Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)_ she kept working with him in Labyrinth of ...
72. Alice Braga
Actress | I Am Legend
Alice Braga Moraes born April 15, 1983 is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karina in 2005's Lower City. She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (...
74. Salma Hayek
Actress | Frida
One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...
Actress | El crimen del Padre Amaro
Ana Claudia Talancon was born on May 1st, 1980 in Cancun, Mexico. Her first performance was in her home town Quintana Roo in Cancun.
She studied acting in Cancun with the Cuban professor Albio Paz. She later went to Mexico City to continue her studies at the Acting Workshop of Héctor Mendoza and ...
78. Mía Maestro
Actress | The Strain
Beautiful and talented actress Mia Maestro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to Berlin when she was 18 years old to train as a classical music vocalist. Along the way, she also trained in dance and acting. She returned to her homeland Argentina two years later, made her film debut with...
Actress | Maria Full of Grace
Catalina Sandino Moreno was born on April 19, 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an actress and producer, known for Maria Full of Grace (2004), Che: Part One (2008) and Fast Food Nation (2006). She has been married to David Elwell since April 15, 2006. They have one child.
84. Soledad Villamil
Actress | El secreto de sus ojos
Soledad Villamil was born on June 19, 1969 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999) and It's Not You, It's Me (2004). She has been married to Federico Olivera since February 2021. They have two children.
86. Antonia Zegers
Actress | El Club
Antonia Zegers Oportot was born in Santiago, Chile. She is a well-known television actress in Chile. She has starred in TV movies and mini-series, and is one of the busiest actors in teleseries today. Of late she has been on stage in a long-running revival of Ariel Dorfman's "Death and the Maiden" ...
91. Bérénice Bejo
Actress | The Artist
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film ...
92. Paulina García
Actress | Gloria
The Great Lady of Chilean theater, TV and cinema, Paulina García has garnered an impressive number of awards, among which the APES Award, the Altazor Award as well as the prestigious Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Paulina García studied drama at the ...
93. Regina Casé
Actress | Que Horas Ela Volta?
Few Brazilian artists leave such a rich, fun and coherent path, in the television, opening space for so many characters, places and mores, like Regina Casé. Winner of the Moliére Award as best theater actress at the age of 23, Regina carries a history of success throughout Brazil, in the theater, ...
95. Daniela Vega
Actress | Una Mujer Fantástica
Daniela Vega Hernández is a Chilean transgender actress and lyrical singer. She was born in San Miguel, Santiago, Chile. She was the first child of Igor Vega, a printing owner, and Sandra Hernández, a housewife. After a time, the family moved to Ñuñoa, where her brother Nicolás was born. At the age...
96. Yalitza Aparicio
Actress | Roma
Yalitza Aparicio is a Mexican actress. She is best known for her film debut Roma (2018), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Aparicio was born on December 11, 1993, in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. She also has an baccalaureate in early childhood education.
Her parents ...
97. Marina de Tavira
Actress | Roma
Marina de Tavira is a Mexican theatre, film and television actress. Her career has mainly developed on the Mexican stage working with the most prestigious directors in the scene. She has played the lead parts in stagings of play writes like Bertold Brecht, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and Ximena ...
99. Ana de Armas
Actress | Blade Runner 2049
Ana de Armas was born in Cuba on April 30, 1988. At the age of 14, she began her studies at the National Theatre School of Havana, where she graduated after 4 years. At the age of 16, she made her first film, Una rosa de Francia (2006), directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. A few titles came after ...
100. Morena Baccarin
Actress | Deadpool
Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin. Her uncle was actor Ivan Setta. Morena has Italian and Brazilian Portuguese ancestry. She moved to New York at the age of 10, when her father was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia...