Lucero a Mexican actress and singer

Lucero (born Lucero Hogaza León on August 29, 1969) is a Mexican actress and singer. She started her career at the age of 10 as Lucerito. She is currently separated from singer Manuel Mijares, with whom she has two children. Her mother, actress and producer Luz María León Sauvinet, was her manager until recent times.

Lucero started her career at the age of ten as Lucerito in the children's television series Alegrías De Mediodía and Chiquilladas, where she starred with artist Carlos Espejel. One of her more popular roles was in a Popeye skit as Olive Oyl. She later would share the spotlight with international artist Thalía in the singing competition Juguemos a Cantar.

Her long hair and beauty helped her obtain starring roles the following year in the film Coqueta, alongside singer and actor Pedro Fernández. Later, she would be cast as the star of the telenovela Chispita, which also led to the recording of an album that same year. Curiously enough with the emergence of Lucerito as a singer, she did not record the theme song for the telenovela. Instead that task was given to Timbiriche, the most popular "juvenile" group in Mexico.

Lucero released her first debut album, Él, on Discos Musart in 1982. This album was largely written and produced by Sergio Andrade, the man who would later become infamous in the Gloria Trevi controversy. During this period, Lucerito's records were more novelty material than actual records as they were seen as nothing more than merchandise for people who loved Lucerito's cutesy charm. That would all change in 1985 when she released her album Magia.

Magia was a change in style, opting for more teen-oriented pop music. With this record, she gained her first real hit with Fuego y ternura, written by singer/songwriter Prisma. The song was successful across Mexico and Latin America. She recorded Un Pedacito De Mí, her last album for Discos Musart, in 1986. That same year she left Sergio Andrade's management and went to Discos Melody. Lucero did not promote this album, which ultimately flopped.

In early 1987 she released Lucerito (later re-released as Ocho Quince), her Discos Melody Records debut. The album was a huge success and brought her to the realms of Mexican pop music where she now competed with teen pop acts at the time such as Timbiriche, Sasha Sokol, Luis Miguel, Tatiana, Chayanne, Karina, and Flans. In 1989 She released "Cuentame", one of the most successful pop albums of the end of decade.

In 1989, after six albums and five films, she changed her professional name to Lucero as a symbol of her growth as a woman of 20 years of age. In 1990, she returned to television starring in Cuando llega el Amor, where she sang the theme song and won The TVyNovelas Award for Best Actress. She won the award again in 1994 for Los Parientes Pobres. In 1996, on, she won the TVyNovelas Award Best Actress award for playing triplets in Lazos de Amor.

In 1992, Lucero was in a Head & Shoulders commercial, only seen in Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking stations. In 1993, Lucero released 'Veleta', one of her most important singles, that charted 5 weeks on #1 moving Mexican Luis Miguel to second place.

Her wedding in 1997 was called the wedding of the year and was televised on Televisa in Mexico and Univision in the United States.

She later starred in a telenovela of Televisa titled, Alborada. After her role in this soap opera, Lucero began to record her next album in the spring of 2006. She released Quiereme Tal Como Soy in September 2006. Her last promototion was the live record "Lucero En Vivo Auditorio Nacional", and she has been in the commercial of Olay Total Effects (2008) as herself. She is currently filming Soy Tu Dueña a remake of the 1995 novela "La Dueña". It was known to be a hit. Critics said she was back on the spotlight. In Soy Tu Duena she plays Valentina Villalba. Along with Fernando Colunga. In October 2010 has released 'Indispensable', a pop album.

On March 4, 2011 after 14 years of marriage, Lucero and Mijares announced their separation.

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