Meet Latin pop singer Thalia. Here's our dossier on the Mexican songbird and soap star who made headlines with her (literally) electric Latin Grammy performance
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Thalia, Latin Grammy Awards
Credit: Thalia: Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Newscom

GIVEN NAME Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda

DATE OF BIRTH Aug. 26, 1971

HOMETOWN Mexico City

SPANISH ACCENT It’s pronounced tha-LEE-a, with an accent over the I.

WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HER Performing her new single ”No Me Ensenaste” on Sept. 18 at the 2002 Latin Grammys, clad in a gown the size of a Christmas tree and wired with electric lights. Or, if you’re a fan of Mexican soap operas, as the star of such international hit shows as ”Marimar,” ”Maria Mercedes,” and ”Rosalinda,” often alongside her sister, popular soap and stage actress Laura Zapata.

GOSSIP She dated singer Luis Miguel before Mariah Carey did. Then she married Carey’s ex-husband, Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola, in December 2000. Was the marriage just an attempt to boost her crossover career? Not likely, since she doesn’t record for Sony and has yet to release an album in English.

WHERE YOU’LL SEE HER NEXT The Hispanic Heritage Awards, airing on NBC on Oct. 12

WHERE TO START Look for the 2002 album ”Thalia” (EMI Latin), her first bilingual disc. The tracks (three in English, 11 in Spanish) include ”No Me Ensenaste,” a duet with Marc Anthony (”The Mexican 2002”), and a cover of Dead or Alive’s ’80s dance hit ”You Spin Me ‘Round.”

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