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ThaliaAKA Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda

Born: 26-Aug-1971
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: Mexico
Executive summary: Latin soap opera queen and pop star

The youngest of five siblings born into an affluent Mexican family, Thalia's earliest performance training took place in the form of classical ballet lessons. Inspired by her sister's career as an actress, she decided to pursue her own stardom at a very young age, enrolling in the Instituto Mexicano de Musica to study piano at the age of eight and joining child act Din-Din the following year. A period with Vaselina began in 1984, after which she joined the teen pop group Timbiriche -- initially, just in the role of backup singer, but before long taking over the lead position. As a member of Timbiriche she would record three albums and establish enormous popularity for the group (and herself) in Latin America. An acting career was also established around this time when Thalia was offered a role on Quinceñera, a Spanish-language soap opera directed towards the teen and pre-teen viewing audience. Minor parts on (earlier) La Pobre Señorita Limantour and Luz Y Sombra were also undertaken.

Internal squabbles brought an end to Timbiriche before the end of the 1980s and Thalia relocated to Los Angeles for a year, where she met producer Alfredo Díaz Ordaz. With Ordaz she recorded her eponymous 1989 debut, and would susequently collaborate with him on her next two releases Mundo de Cristal (1991) and Love (1992). Building on her new success as a solo artist, she took a job in Spain as a host of the variety show VIP de Noche. A resumption of her work in soap operas was also made in Spain, and consecutive involvement with the programs María Mercedes, Marimar, and María La Del Barrio throughout the mid-90s steadily increaded her popularity.

A return to recording was made in 1995, resulting in her most popular record yet, En Extasis, released on EMI Mexico; the album earned platinum status and spent several weeks at the numer one position on the Latin charts. Two more similarly-successful records had followed by the start of the next decade, as well as a Filipino-language release Nandito Ako and a role in the feature film Mambo Café. The beginning of 2000 was rounded out with a peculiar (although probably unintentional) swapping of partners with singer Mariah Carey: after ending her relationship with fellow Latin star Luis Migel she married Carey's ex-husband Tommy Mottola, while Miguel went on initiate a relationship with Carey soon after calling it quits with Thalia.

A second release titled Thalia in 2002 featured the singer's first few ventures into the English language, while yet another eponymous collection in 2003 announced her full arrival into the English-speaking market. Her own clothing line, the Thalia Sodi Collection, was established in association with the K-Mart chain of stores, soap opera work has remained ongoing, and her own magazine (Thalía La Revista) was launched in 2004.

Father: Ernesto Sodi Pallares
Mother: Yolanda Miranda Mange
Sister: Laura Zapata (actress)
Sister: Grasiela
Sister: Federica
Sister: Ernestina Sodi
Boyfriend: Luis Miguel (singer)
Husband: Tommy Mottola (m. 2-Dec-2000)

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    Risk Factors: Yoga, Postpartum Depression

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