Raquel Olmedo

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Orama and the second or maternal family name is Leal.
Raquel Olmedo
Background information
Birth name Siomara Anicia Orama Leal
Born (1937-12-30) 30 December 1937
Caibarién, Las Villas, Cuba
Genres Pop, folk, Mariachi, world
Occupation(s) Actress, singer
Years active 1956–present
Labels CBS (1977–1983)
Website RaquelOlmedo.com

Raquel Olmedo (pronounced: [raˈkel olˈmeðo]) (born Siomara Anicia Orama Leal on 30 December 1937 in Caibarién, Las Villas, Cuba) is a Mexican actress and at one time singer. She started her career in her native Cuba before moving to Mexico in 1959 at the start of Fidel Castro's regime's rule of Cuba.


Raquel began her career in theatre singing opera in her native Cuba. In the wake of the 1959 Cuban revolution, when millions of people fled Cuba, Raquel came to Mexico in 1959 as an unknown artist. She did a little work in the movie business before finally landing a small role in the telenovela La sombra del otro in 1963.

Whilst she was relatively new to the acting world, Raquel excelled in this genre further revealing yet another talent that she would master. She built a body of acting experience before finally being able to indulge her first field, singing. After the popularity of her starring role on the 1975 telenovela Lo Imperdonable, Raquel got a record deal with CBS Records and released her first album Mitad Mujer, Mitad Gaviota. Her career as a singer proved initially successful, with the title track from this record (written by Lolita De La Colina) becoming a radio hit. She would tour throughout all Latin America in the coming years while continuing her television and film work. In the coming years, she released a total of 5 albums, her last being the ranchera album Mañana Ya Ni Vengas in 1983, produced by popular ranchera arranger song Pedro Ramirez, who was famous for his work with Javier Solís and Vicente Fernández.

Today she is celebrated as one of the most important figures in the Mexican entertainment industry. Her most recent role on the television series Barrera de amor proved to be one of her most successful acting jobs, exposing Raquel's talent to a new generation. This was also one of the first times she played a villain which offered a new perspective on Raquel's talent.

For her work in television, Olmedo was inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias in 1984.




Year Title Role Notes
1967 Don Juan 67
1971 Siempre hay una primera vez Susana Uncredited
Segment: "Isabel"
1972 Pepito y la lámpara maravillosa Señorita Ramírez
1974 Presagio Isabel
1974 Conserje para todo Clodomira
1974 Tráiganlos vivos o muertos
1976 Coronación Dora
1978 El arracadas
1978 La plaza de Puerto Santo Florinda
1979 Cuando tejen las arañas Julia
1979 Los indolentes Josefa
1979 La pistolera
1986 Al filo de la ley: Misión rescate Eloisa Araiza


Year Title Role Notes
1963 La sombra del otro Supporting Role
1967 La casa de las fieras Supporting Role
1970 La cruz de Marisa Cruces Carola Main Antagonist
1972 Las gemelas Laura Supporting Role
1972 Las fieras Edith Brisson Protagonist
1973 Cartas sin destino Supporting Role
1974 La tierra Raymunda Supporting Role
1975 Lo imperdonable Bertha Duval Main Antagonist
1978 Doménica Montero Norma Main Antagonist
1978-1979 Viviana Sonia Supporting Role
1979 Elisa Elisa Protagonist
1983-1984 El maleficio Yuliana Pietri Supporting Role
1986 Martín Garatuza Princesa de Eboli Main Antagonist
1989 Lo blanco y lo negro Soledad Supporting Role
1991-1992 Atrapada Marcia Montero Antagonist
1995 Bajo un mismo rostro Cassandra Teodorakis Supporting Role
1997 Esmeralda Dominga Co-Protagonist
1999 Amor gitano Manina Supporting Role
2001 Atrévete a Olvidarme La Coronela Supporting Role
2002-2003 ¡Vivan los niños! Alarica Caradura Supporting Role
2004 Mujer, casos de la vida real "La fuerza de un sueño II" (Season 21, Episode 23)
2005 Piel de otoño Triana Gallastegui Co-Protagonist
2005-2006 Barrera de amor Jacinta López de Valladolid Main Antagonist
2008 La rosa de Guadalupe Conchita Episode: "Un camino difícil de andar"
2009-2010 Mar de amor Luz Garabán Supporting Role
2010-2011 Teresa Oriana Guijarro Moreno Antagonist
2012 Abismo de pasión Ramona González Supporting Role
2014 Como dice el dicho Laura "Nada es verdad, nada es mentira" (Season 4, Episode 7)
2014 La malquerida Rosa Molina Supporting Role
2015 Pasión y poder Gisela Fuentes Antagonist

Awards and nominations

TVyNovelas Awards

Year Category Telenovela Result
1998 Best First Actress Esmeralda Nominated
2006 Piel de otoño
2013 Abismo de pasión Won
Best Co-star Actress Nominated


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