Marian Rivera is a Spanish-Filipino actress, dancer, and model. She rose to fame when she played the lead role in the GMA television series Marimar in 2007. She is the Filipino with the most number of followers on Facebook at more than 18 million as of 2019.
Real Name –> Marian Rivera y Gracia-Dantes
Nickname –> Marian
Birthdate –> August 12, 1984 (age 34)
Birthplace –> Madrid, Spain
Father –> Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso (Spanish)
Mother –> Amalia Rivera from Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines
Height –> 5’2″ (1.57 m)
School –> De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
Course –> Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Note: Marian worked for the National Institute of Mental Health in Mandaluyong City before she entered the entertainment industry.
Family and Childhood
Marian was born in Spain to a Spanish father and a Filipino mother. After her parents divorced when she was three years old, her mother brought her to the Philippines where she grew up under the care of her maternal grandmother.
Marian is the husband of actor Dingdong Dantes. They married on 30 December 2014 in a televised wedding held at Cubao Cathedral in Quezon City. The couple have a daughter named Maria Letizia Dantes (born November 23, 2015) and a son named Jose Sixto G. Dantes IV (born April 16, 2019).
Marian worked as a commercial model before she appeared in her first television program in Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako aired by GMA Network in 2005. That same year, she was cast in her first movie in Enteng Kabisote 2. She continued to act in supporting roles for two years before she played her lead role via Marimar in 2007. In 2008, she released her first album entitled Marian Rivera Dance Hits. The following year, she released her single “Sabay Sabay Tayo” which received a platinum award.
Notable Television Programs
2019 – Life Begins in Time
2016-2017 – Encantadia
2014 – Temptation of Wife
2011-2012 – Amaya
2009–2010 – Darna
2008 – Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang
2008 – Dyesebel
2007-2008 – Marimar
2005 – Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako
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* Marian was voted for record of three times to be FHM Magazine’s Sexiest Woman in 2008, 2013, and 2014
2019 – Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award by 50th Box-office Entertainment Awards
2017 – Best Female TV Host for Sunday PinaSaya by 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television
2013 – Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series for Amaya by 4th Enpress Golden Screen Television Awards
Scandals and Controversies