Chisme Corner

Verónica Castro – Memba her?

by Dr. Shirley

images-2  In good conscious I could not NOT feature Verónica Castro as my first and official “Chisme Corner” article. I know I’m not the only product of Latin parents that saw every single one of her Novelas growing up. In 1971 “El Amor Tiene Cara de Mujer,” 1979 “Los Ricos Tambien Lloran,” and in 1987 “Rosa Salvaje” just to name a few. I remember anxiously awating the latest episode of my fav “Los Ricos Tambien Lloran.” What? Didn’t every elementary aged Latin kid run home from school to watch  it? Or at the very least listen to it as background noise while trying to do homework? And what about that glamorous head spin during the credits that, I’m certain, caused thousands of Latina girls run and take their Glamour Shots in the 80’s. Remember those?

In doing a little research I found out that while doing her Telenovelas Verónica got a degree in International Relations. WOW! I did not know that! I also had no idea that she had become a singer while filimig the Novelas…….actress, singer, international relations liaison……is there anything she can’t do??…..and then I kept reading and found out, what I would consider her biggest claim to fame, that in 1990 when she was 38 years old in “Mi Pequeña Soledad” she played two parts; a 40-year-old rape victim  who becomes pregnant and later paralyzed in a car crash, and her 20-year-old daughter who was the product of the rape. Really??
I’m not sure if I am more amazed that at 38 she could pull off looking like a 20-year-old or more disturbed that rape was part of the story. Can we squeeze any more drama into the story line…..paralysis as well??
In 2002, Verónica did “Big Brother” so she also isn’t a stranger to reality TV. She sure has had a varied career and keeps working to this day. According to an article in “El Universal” she is looking for a TV project she can sink her teeth into or in her own words: “que le pegue”.

It was fun to take a trip down memory lane, however I am now questioning my mother’s parenting skills….I apparently began my Telenovela viewing career at age 5 with “El Amor Tiene Cara de Mujer” which continued well into my 20’s with “Los Ricos Tambien Lloran”….hummm can’t blame that one on her!


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