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Famed throughout the world as La Novia de America, Mexican pop singer Lucero began as a child actress in early-'80s productions like Alegrías de Mediodía and Chispita. As a teen, she appeared in the film Coqueta, which also featured Pedro Fernández, and earned her nickname as Queen of the Telenovelas in no less than nine soap operas, including Cuando Llega el Amor, Los Parientes Pobres, and Lazos de Amor. Beginning in the early '80s, Lucero also had a concurrent musical career, including Top Ten Mexican albums beginning with her 1982 debut Te Prometo. Releasing over 15 albums of rancheras, mariachi music, and Latin pop before the year 2000, she became a reliable platinum seller and chart-topper in Mexico, including her biggest hit, 1998's Cerca de Ti. Into the 2010s, Lucero was still reaching and charting highly with albums such as 2011's Mi Secreto de Amor and 2012's Un Lu*Jo (the latter a duets album with Joan Sebastian). ~ Heather Phares