Ana Belén is the stage name of María del Pilar Cuesta Acosta (born 27 May 1951, Madrid), a Spanish actress and singer.
Belén is the oldest of three children. Her father was a cook in Hotel Palace, and her mother worked on a farm. Ana Belén studied acting in Spain during her youth and began acting in theatrical and cinematic productions in the mid-1960s. While working on the film Morbo by Gonzalo Suárez, she met Víctor Manuel, marrying him in 1972 in Gibraltar. At this time she also started her career as a singer, releasing several successful albums. She appeared in various films: La petición by Pilar Miró; Emilia parada y fonda by Angelino Fons; El buscón by Luciano Berriatúa; La oscura historia de la prima Montse by Jordi Cadena; La criatura by Eloy de la Iglesia, and Sonámbulos by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón.
In 1991, she recorded Como una novia, her first album that did not include any songs composed or adapted by Víctor Manuel. In 1997, she released a new album, Mírame, which consisted of her own songs and duets and which went on to become the best-selling album of her solo career. With its release, she went on tour throughout Spain, and in the autumn of the same year, the "El gusto es Nuestro" tour went to North America. In 1998, Belen commemorated Federico García Lorca's centenary by releasing two albums under the title of Lorquiana, a collection of poems and popular songs by Lorca. The following year another album was released Ana Belén y Miguel Ríos cantan a Kurt Weill, and she had a role in the Tele 5 series, Petra Delicado.
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