Itatí Cantoral, (born Itatí Cantoral Zucchi, 13 May 1975 in Mexico City Federal District,) is a Mexican actress. She is best known for her roles as Soraya Montenegro de la Vega Montalban in Televisa's telenovela Maria la del Barrio (1995) and as Alejandra Álvarez del Castillo in Televisa's telenovela Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe (2009).
Early life and education:
Cantoral is the daughter of Mexican composer and songwriter, Roberto Cantoral, and Argentine actress of Italian descent, Itatí Zucchi.
A child actress, at 13, Cantoral was accepted into the Televisa actors' academy, Centro de Educación Artística, and made her television debut in the show La telaraña. Later, acting in Mexico's telenovela Muchachitas, led to work in theatre.
In 1993, Cantoral appeared in Dos mujeres, un camino with Puerto Rican Erik Estrada, Laura León, Bibi Gaytán, Lorena Herrera, Selena Quintanilla, Jorge Salinas, and members of Grupo Bronco. This production exposed her to wider audiences in Mexico and Latin America.
She took the role of the villainous Soraya Montenegro de la Vega in "Maria la del Barrio" in 1995/6, acting with Thalia Sodi and Fernando Colunga; although 20 at the time of shooting, she portrayed the part of Soraya Montenegro de la Vega from the age of 18 to 38. TV appearances in 1996/97 were for Tú y yo, acting with Maribel Guardia and Joan Sebastian, and Salud, dinero y amor, the sequel to another Mexican telenovela, El premio mayor.
In 2001, Cantoral played the female villain "Raquel Villavicencio" in Televisa's Sin Pecado Concebido, a production that included Angelica Rivera, and Carlos Ponce. She played in the Brazilian production Vale todo in 2002, and in 2003, Telemundo's El alma herida, as a teenage girl who crosses the Mexican-US border to find her long-lost mother. In 2004, she was Sally Bowles in Mexico City's Teatro Insurgentes production of Cabaret, and in 2006, starred with Francisco Gattorno in the Telemundo production of Julio Jimenez's La Viuda de Blanco, (Blanco's Widow,) the story of a beautiful woman unjustly imprisoned, returning to Trinidad in search of, and to reclaim, her past.
Cantoral met Eduardo Santamarina, her first husband, during the filming of De Frente al Sol, a telenovela produced by Carla Estrada. They married in 2000, and she gave birth to twin boys in 2001. In early 2004 they announced their separation; a divorce was finalized six months later.
While working on "La Viuda de Blanco" she began a personal association with producer Carlos Alberto Cruz; they legalized their relationship in a private ceremony.
1986: La telaraña,
1991: Muchachitas Lucía,
1991: La pícara soñadora,
1992: De frente al sol Lupita,
1993: Dos mujeres, un camino Graciela,
1994: Mujer, casos de la vida real (3 episodes, 1994-1996),
1995: María la del Barrio Soraya Montenegro de la Vega Montalban,
1996: Tu y yo Casandra,
1997: Salud, dinero y amor Estrella,
1998: ¿Qué nos pasa?,
1999: Cuento de Navidad Guest at Jaime's party,
1999: Infierno en el Paraíso Francesca Paoli Prado,
2001: Amigas y rivales,
2001: Sin pecado concebido Raquel Villavicencio Rojas de Martorel,
2002: Vale todo Raquel,
2002: De cuando el pescado murio de placer Conductora de television,
2003: El alma herida Eugenia Granados,
2003: La hija del caníbal Airline saleswoman #1 Lucía, Lucía,
2003: Ya no los hacen como antes Perla,
2004: Man on Fire Evelyn,
2005: Una segunda oportunidad,
2006: Cansada de besar sapos Cecilia,
2006: Los pajarracos Fina,
2006: No hay derecho joven Abogada,
2007: La Viuda de Blanco Alicia Guardiola,
2007: One Long Night Patty,
2008: Tiempo final Silvia,
2008: Mujeres Asesinas (Mexico) Sandra Luisa Arvide,
2009: Amar Lisa,
2009: Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe Alejandra Álvarez del Castillo,
2011: El Sexo Débil Helena Román