HOLLYWOOD — Angelica Maria received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame May 25, honoring a career in movies, television, theater and records.
“This star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is long overdue,” City Councilman Jose Huizar said at the ceremony in front of the Live Nation building on Hollywood Boulevard.
“You represent the best of Mexico. For those of us living in this country, when we look at you, you remind us of our home country — the beauty, the star, the cinema — and for that we thank you.”
Said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell: “Angelica Maria’s talent transcends languages, borders and cultures. She defines what it means to be a star and is truly deserving of her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
The star is near Angelica Maria’s first house in Hollywood, which was on Formosa Avenue, said Angelica Vale, Angelica Maria’s daughter and an actress, singer and comedian.
“I really can’t imagine how many times you walked this street with my grandmother, not knowing your name would be inscribed on the sidewalk,” Vale said.
Angelica Maria was born in New Orleans and moved to Mexico with her family when she was 4 years old. She began her film career when she was 5 years old and won the Ariel, Mexico’s film academy award, when she was 8 years old in 1952 for “Mi Esposa y la Otra.”
Angelica Maria has appeared in 61 movies, more than 25 telenovelas — soap operas that appear in prime time — 17 theatrical productions and recorded 63 albums.
Angelica Maria began her recording career when she was 17 years old, earning the title of “Mexico’s Sweetheart.” She is credited with launching the ranchera ballad genre in 1973, becoming the first Latin singer to sell 2 million copies of an album in the U.S.
Angelica Maria is the only Mexican singer to sell out back-to-back shows on the same day at Madison Square Garden. She received a lifetime achievement Latin Grammy Award in 2008.
Angelica Maria is starring with Sela Ward and Nick Nolte on the comedy series “Graves,” soon to air on the EPIX premium cable network.