Patricia Manterola

Patricia Manterola, whose continuing concert tours play sold-out audiences throughout South America, her native Mexico and Asia, began her career in 1980 at age eight in the long-running production of “Annie.”

The huge success of the Mexico City Musical led to an appearance by Patricia on the immensely popular television talent show “Juguemos a Ganar,” hosted by the Ed Sullivan of Mexico, Raul Velasco, and was quickly followed by a record contract under the Musivisa label.

In 1987, Patricia turned to modeling where her willowy, stunning good looks were featured in international advertising campaigns by Vanity Fair Clothing. Concert promoter and producer Luis de Llano then signed Patricia as a member of “Garibaldi,” the sensational eight-member teen rock group. “Garibaldi” toured internationally for five-and-a-half years, making the name Patricia Manterola one of the most instantly recognizable in South America and Mexico.

In June 1994, Patricia launched her solo career - and immediately saw her first album for Melody Records, “Hambre de Amor” (produced by hit maker Gian Pietro Felisatti) top the charts, chalking-up sales of 250,000 copies in Mexico alone. The album’s smash single, “Quiero,” remains one of the most often-aired records on South American radio today, and is regarded as a contemporary classic.

By 1995, Patricia was named the Queen of the prestigious Festival de Viña del Mar in Chile, an honor given by the public and the press to their favorite artist. Also in July of 1995, Patricia launched her acting career with the lead role in “Acapulco Cuerpo y Alma,” Mexico’s most popular soap opera export, airing in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Lebanon, Greece, and the USA.

In February of 1996, Patricia returned to Chile and the Festival de Viña del Mar where she received that country’s prestigious Antorcha de Plata award for artistic excellence. She then flew to Venezuela and headlined that year’ s Miss Venezuela beauty pageant telecast, before returning home to accept Mexico’s “Best Actress of the Year” award.

In 1996 Patricia starred as the female lead in her second series for Mexican television, “Gente Bien,” she released her successful new album “Niña Bonita”, and she released a provocative and controversial calendar that promptly sold 85,000 copies.

Now Patricia Manterola has fixed her sights on Hollywood, establishing a base in Beverly Hills. This year she will begin filming the Clyde Ware-directed western “Partners”.

Sandra Vidal

Sandra began her career as a model/actress when she won the Ms. Punta del Este beauty contest, an entrant from her hometown of Rosario, Argentina. As the winner of this prestigious pageant, Sandra received a modeling contract in Paris with Rochas Perfume. By age 17, she was one of the top models in Paris, traveling the European modeling circuit from Madrid to Paris to Milan.

During one of her trips back home, the host of one of Argentina’s biggest fashion shows spotted Sandra and cast her as the co-host of his television show “El Mundo de Arte Gamaz.” She went on to host another television show, “Hacerte Cargo,” where she gained popularity with the teen set. Simultaneously, Sandra began writing economic articles for the show and was heralded for her in-depth reporting.

At the ripe age of 20, Sandra was asked to guest star in several television series. She fell in love with acting and studied with renowned Argentinean director Alberto Ure, as well as Rodolfo Vlas and Flores Yunguerman. Wanting to expand her talents, she began studies in piano and dance, all the while continuing her pursuit of an Academic degree in Economics.

Sandra’s acting talents landed her roles in theatre as well as soap operas, and millions tuned in everyday to watch Sandra in “Zingara,” “Ola Papi,” and “De Corazon.” In addition to soaps, she acted in sitcoms including the mega-hit, “La Peluqueria del Nieto de Don Mateo.” Sandra then made her debut into the big screen with Beda do Campo Seigo’s film “El Mundo Contra Mi.”

During her acting career, Sandra continued modeling and it was on a trip to London that her mother suggested she accompany the family to Miami. The trip found Sandra an agent, a new coach in Paul Hoyle and a new home at Telemundo. Sandra currently resides between Los Angeles and Tijuana, and is playing the role of Elena Sanchez in the new Telemundo television show “Angeles”.

Magali Caicedo

Born in Medellin, Colombia to a nurse and businessman, Magali believed she was destined to follow in her parent’s footsteps, and so pursued her degree in Business at the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia.

Ironically, it was during her studies that she was asked to enter the Miss Colombia Beauty Pageant. The director of the pageant was so taken by her that he suggested she attend a casting call in Bogota, changing Magali’s career forever.

Magali immediately landed the role of Engracia in “La Potra Zaina.” It marked the first time a black woman played the lead protagonist in a soap opera. The tremendous exposure led her to become a local news anchor in Medellin. After a year, Magali went to Bogota and secured a role in the multi-award-winning soap opera “Señora Isabel,” a series that garnered kudos for its acting and directing, and was the first to show blacks as upscale individuals involved in interracial affairs.

The notoriety of “Señora Isabel” led Magali to her first film role in “Nostromos,” directed by Allister Reid and starring Claudia Cardinale. This was followed by yet another soap “Sueños de Espejos,” and a telefilm directed by Gabriel Garcia Marques titled “Amores Ilicitos.” She was paired again with the famous director in “Edipo Alcalde,” an adaptation of Oedipus Rex.

“Señora Bonita” was next on Magali’s list of soaps followed by the mafia film “Hilos Invisibles,” which she starred in simultaneously with the soap “Elegida.” It was during this period that Magali got her break at Telemundo. When the director of “Hilos Invisibles” saw the pilot for “Angeles,” he proposed a more complete representation of Latin America by recommending a black woman to be cast in one of the staring roles.

In her new role as one of the famous “Angeles,” Magali now spends her time between Los Angeles and Tijuana.

Mauricio Mendoza

At an early age, Mauricio and his twin brother were encouraged to participate in the arts. His mother and father who studied dance and song, respectively, instilled in all of their children the importance of the arts.

This encouragement paid off as over the years, Mauricio has performed in countless plays, which eventually led him to film and television work. He has been classically trained in theater and has received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Old Globe Theater and the University of San Diego Professional Actor Training Program.

His role as David Bose, the leader of the Angeles Investigations, came about through the assistance of his twin brother, who introduced him to the shows casting agent. This classically trained thespian now has a chance to show to a wider television audience what his acting talents and lifetime of experience has brought.

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