Angélica María

Angélica María
Birth: September 27, 1944 en New Orleans, Louisiana.

Angélica María Hartman Ortiz, artistically known as Angélica María, is a Mexican singer and actress born in the United States, and one of the idols of the first Era of Rock and Roll in Mexico.

Angélica María Hartman Ortiz (née September 27, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, US), artistically known as Angélica María, is a Mexican singer and actress born in the United States, and one of the idols of the first Era of Rock and Roll in Mexico. She is considered an icon and the sweetheart of that time, being later labeled as Mexico’s sweetheart as well, teaming up with Enrique Guzmán (they were a couple from some time), César Costa and Alberto Vázquez. The four were the idols at that time.

In 1943 Arnold Frederic Hartman, of a North-American origin, married Angélica de Jesús Ortiz Sandoval (1924-1996). Being him one of the most famous musicians of Unión Americana, he toured the country with his wife, but established his residence in Los Angeles (California), till the news his wife was pregnant arrived. Since a very young age, Angélica María lived near music and the stage thanks to her father’s vocation. However, her parents divorced when she turned 5. For this reason, Angélica Ortiz went back to living in Ciudad de México with her daughter and her parents and family.

Her mother’s sister, Yolanda Ortiz, who had been doing cinema for some time, took her niece to a party where they met producer Gregorio Wallerstein, who told them he was looking to cast a child for his next movie. The little Angélica María put her hair up and asked for a haircut. That fact made Wallerstein laugh and so he invited her to go to the audition for the movie. She finally got the role for ‘Pecado’.

Little by little, her career began consolidating, which gave her the chance to take part in the movies ‘Una Mujer Decente’ (playing Elsa Aguirre and Rafael Baledón’s little son), ‘La Hija de la Otra’, ‘’Los Amantes’, ‘Fierecilla’, ‘Sígueme Corazón’ and ‘Mi Esposa y la Otra’. This last movie earned her an Ariel Award when she was just 6.

Moreover, she did her first photonovel, ‘Rayito de Sol’, and kept working on films like ‘Dos Caras Tiene el Destino’, where she sang onscreen for the first time. After that came ‘La Ausente’, ‘Secretaria Particular’, ‘La Cobarde’, ‘Sucedió en Acapulco’ and ‘Los Gavilanes’, where she worked alongside Pedro Infante, who predicted greatness for her as an actress.

In 1955 Rita Macedo called her to be the leading lady on ‘La mala semilla’, which would mark her theatre debut. Until 1959 she appeared on the following movies: ‘Sublime Melodía’, ‘El Buen Ladrón’, ‘Música de Siempre’, ‘Flores para mi General’ and several ‘La Pandilla’ ones.

In theatre she performed on ‘El Canto de la Cigarra’, together with Manolo Fábregas. Furthermore, she was one of the soap opera genre pioneers. In 1962, at age 17, she had done a soap and seven TV programs… She consolidated her career with the movies: ‘Bajo el Manto de la Noche’, ‘Señor Tormenta’ and ‘Muerte en el Ring’.

Given her success she became ‘la novia de la juventud’ (youth sweetheart) and, later on, the journalist Octavio de Alba named her ‘la novia de México’ (México’s sweetheart). Her dream of making a record started when she was doing the musical ‘Las Fascinadoras’, but it would not be until meeting Armando Manzanero that it began to come true. He did a Spanish version of ‘Edi Edi’, song with which Angélica would achieve great success. Afterwards, Armando Manzanero introduced her to Guillermo Acosta, who signed her immediately with the label Musart. There she recorded her first LP which, launched in 1962, gave hits such as ‘Johny El Enojón’, ‘Toco a tu Puerta’, ‘Bésame’ and ‘Dile Adiós’; apart from ‘Edi Edi’, whose lyrics were also adapted by Manzanero. Her increasing popularity lead her to do music shows and tours, as well as movies together with youth idols such as César Costa, Enrique Guzmán (singer), Alberto Vázquez… Angélica becomes the first Mexican ballad singer and the first ‘woman-idol’ in Latin America, given the singers at the time sang boleros, rancheras and other genres. Back then, she started a relationship wirh Enrique Guzmán. The press portrayed them as the couple of the hour due to her being the most popular Mexican young singer, and him being the youth singer of the moment.

Angélica María recorded her second álbum in 1963 reaffirming her success with songs such as ‘Paso a Pasito’, with which Armando Manzanero would gain fame as a composer. The track ‘Vivaracho’ was also a hit. In 1963, her third LP would consolidate her with songs like ‘Con Un Beso Pequeñísimo’ and ‘Dominique’. She keeps on recording and her songs quickly become hits some of them being: ‘El Día’ (Luis Demetrio), ‘Sabor a Nada’ (Palito Ortega), ‘Yo Que No Vivo Sin Ti’, ‘Abrázame Fuerte’ and ‘Yo Te Quiero Todavía’. She did not quit acting and appeared on movies such as ‘Adorada Enemiga’, ‘Vivir de Sueños’, ‘Mi Alma por un Amor’ and ‘La Sombra de los Hijos’.

In 1966 Angélica María travels to Spain and shoots the movie ‘Fray Torero’ with Paco Camino. From that moment on, her music star began ascending. In 1967 she shoots ‘5 de Chocolate y 1 de Fresa’, considered her best movie, with José Agustín. There she was romantically linked to the writer. She began touring internationally gaining fans even in China, for ‘Corazón Salvaje’. In 1968 she signs with RCA Víctor and shoots a Spanish version of ‘Cuando Me Enamoro’, an originally Italian song. It became one of the most listened songs of the year. She released four more albums. In 1969 she records two LPs: ‘La Paloma’, from which the title song becomes a hit, and ‘La Novia de la Juventud’. From this album two big hits were extracted: ‘El Primer Amor’ and ‘Nunca volveré a Enamorarme’, the Spanish version of Dionne Warwick’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’. This LP also had protest songs such as ‘Adiós Abuelo’, ‘Por Ti y Por Mi’ and ‘Soñar Con La Verdad’.

By 1969 she had collected 49 awards and recognitions in Mexico, the US and Latin America.

In 1970 she makes another album for RCA Víctor. This LP might have contained her greatest success in music: ‘A dónde va nuestro amor’. This song was the main theme for her most famous soap: ‘Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse’. Thanks to this, she had a good year also being considered the most beloved and the most important Spanish-speaking actress. One year later she worked alongside Mister Ernesto Alonso, Vicente Fernández and Juan Gabriel. In 1972 she records her last album, where she includes her hit ‘Lo que sabemos del amor’, theme song for the second part of ‘Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse’.

In the 70s she befriended Juan Gabriel and, in 1974, together they create a new genre called ‘Balada Ranchera’. She records ‘Tu Sigues Siendo El Mismo’, a big hit played both on rancheras and ballad radio stations. After this came ‘Me Gusta Estar Contigo’, ‘Las Palomas’, ‘Donde Estás Vidita Mía’, ‘Te Quise Olvidar’, ‘Te Busco, Te Extraño’ and ‘Otra Vez Vuelvo Contigo’, most of them composed by Juan Gabriel. Angélica was on her best moment. She achieved success with the musical play ‘Gigi’ and was the center of interest when she married the Venezuelan comedian Raúl Vale, being theirs one of the first weddings on being broadcast on TV. She also announced she was to be a mother. Her pregnancy did not prevent her from working and she set a record in New York filling up twice in a day the Maddison Square Garden.

On November, 11 1975, Angélica María gave birth to a baby girl, Angélica Vale. Just a few weeks after that, with the baby carriage and all, she was back on TV to shoot her new soap: ‘El Milagro de Vivir’. She also recorded the soap’s main theme also called ‘El Milagro de Vivir’, and the songs ‘Ha Nacido Mi Niña’ and ‘Desesperadamente’, a bolero with a hustle rhythm.

In 1976 she takes part in theatre plays such as ‘Te Encontré en Abril’Trampas para un Amor’ and Papacito Piernas Largas’. All of them were big hits reaching the third one the barrier of the thousand performances. She also kept continued with her singing career and joins the music label Melody, reaching success in the balada ranchera genre with the standouts ‘No Quiero Verte’ (written by Raúl Vale) and ‘La Basurita’ (by Juan Zaizar). In 1978 she records a duet with her husband; a Spanish version of Vaselina’s ‘Noches de Verano’ that becomes a new radio hit.

In 1979 she takes part in the soap ‘Yara’ portraying a native ‘lacandona’. In 1980 she had already 28 records. Furthermore, she became a pioneer performer for her way of doing shows. In ‘La Historia del Cine’ Angélica acted, sang, danced, impersonated and changed her wardrobe more than 15 times without leaving the stage.

In 1981, together with Juan Gabriel she records a new LP that brought hits ballads such as ‘No Volverás a Verme’, ‘Adiós Cariño’ and ‘Imaginación’. In 1982 she records a record with ranchera ballads and goes back to doing cinema with a movie in English ‘To Kill A Stranger’. In 1984 she goes back to RCA Víctor and records an LP with tenor Humberto Cravioto, releasing the successful duet ‘Salva el Amor’. In 1985 she does mancuerna with Alejandro Jaén and records one of her most successful records, ‘Revelaciones’, with songs such as ‘Una Copa de champagne’, ‘Miguel’ and ‘No es mejor que yo’. In 1986 she stars in the soap ‘Herencia Maldita’ and releases another album with the soap’s main theme: ‘El hombre de mi vida’. It also became a hit together with ‘Prohibido’.

After 14 years of marriage she divorces Raúl Vega and starts shooting the series ‘Tres generaciones’, which lasted a long time. In 1990 she takes part in the play ‘Mamá Ama el Rock’, where Ricky Martin is the stand-out. She also releases new music; an album called ‘Reina y Cenicienta’ and produced by Roberto Livi. In 1992 she takes part in the reunion of ‘Los Cinco Grandes del Rock’.

In 1993 she makes her operetta debut with ‘La Viuda Alegre’. The following year, producer Luis de Llano invites her to take part in the soap ‘Agujetas de Color de Rosa’.

In 2004 she goes back to the Studio with Joan Sebastián. The consequence is the album ‘Tributo’, with the popular ‘Amor Del Bueno’, a duet with the singer-songwriter. In 2008 she is awarded by the Academia Latina de la Grabación the honorary award ‘Premio Excelencia Musical 2008 Grammy Latino Honorífico’. This prize is conceded to those who have made important contributions to music as a special recognition annually during the Latin Grammys ceremony.

Tipo Trabajo Año
acting Premio "Ariel" con la película "Mi Esposa y la Otra" 1950
acting Película "Fray Torero" 1966
acting Película "Cinco de Chocolate y Uno de Fresa" 1967
music LP "La Paloma" 1969
music LP "La Novia de la Juventud" 1969
self Considerada la artista más querida e importante de habla hispana 1970
music Creada del estilo musical "Balada Ranchera" 1974
acting Obra musical "Gigi" 1974
acting Telenovela "El Milagro de Vivir" 1975
acting Telenovela "Yara" 1979
acting Película "Matar a un extraño" 1982
music Disco "Revelaciones" 1985
acting Telenovela "Herencia maldita" 1986
music Disco "El hombre de mi vida" 1986
producer Obra "Mamá ama el rock" 1990
music Opereta "La viuda alegre" 1993
acting Telenovela "Agujetas de color de rosa" 1994
music Disco "Tributo" 2004
self Premio Excelencia Musical 2008 Grammy Latino honorífico 2008

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