Actress and singer Maria de los Angeles de las Heras OrtÃz, popularly known as RocÃo Durcal, was born and raised in Spain in the bosom of a working-class family. While Maria was studying at Sagrado CorazÃ³n de JesÃºs, she started to get captivated by music. Supported by her grandfather, Maria participated in festivals and radio station contests. At the age of 15, while singing the song "La Sombra Vendo" on a TV show called Primer Aplauso, Maria was contacted by producer Luis Sanz, who signed her up. Soon after, she started taking singing and dancing lessons with Lola de AragÃ³n and Alberto Lorca as teachers. From that time, Maria began working as RocÃo Durcal, a name taken from a Spanish province and used for the first time in her movie CanciÃ³n de Juventud, followed by 1962's RocÃo de la Mancha, both directed by Luis Lucia. At the age of 17 DÃºrcal started touring Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the U.S., where the artist was invited to Ed Sullivan's TV show. In 1968 her albums Mis 19 Canciones de Juventud and Siempre were released. Two years later, the young artist got married to singer Antonio Morales, known as Junior. Together they toured Spain and America during the early '70s. In 1976 RocÃo Durcal met Juan Gabriel, and he convinced her to perform a popular Mexican style known as ranchera. In the '80s, RocÃo Durcal moved to romantic ballads, working along with prominent songwriters such as Juan Carlos Calderon, Roberto Livi, and Marco Antonio SolÃs. After a three-year battle with cancer, Durcal died in her home in Madrid on March 25, 2006. ~ Drago BonacichPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
© 2014 Rovi Corporation.