- Her family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, shortly after Fidel Castro's communist takeover of Cuba.
- Won the Miss Teen World title in 1971 and represented Venezuela in the Miss World pageant in 1975.
- Has more than 10 albums to her credit, several of which went gold; her first international effort, Maria Conchita (1984), went platinum.
- Breakthrough Hollywood role was opposite Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson (1984).
- Became the first Latin American-born woman to star on Broadway in a 1995 production of Kiss of the Spider Woman.
- In 2010, wrote an open letter to Sean Penn, her costar in the 1988 film Colors, in which she criticized his stance on politics in Venezuela.
- 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
- Adnan Taletovich — Ex-significant Other
- Marcos Moreno — Ex-significant Other
- Ricardo Alonso — Father
- Conchita Bustillo — Mother
- Ricardo Alonso — Brother
- Roberto Alonso — Brother
- Birth Name: Maria Concepcion Alonso Bustillo
- Birth Place: Cienfuegos, Cuba
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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