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Paulina Rubio: 1971—: Singer, Actress Biography

Joined Teen Singing Group, Launched Solo Singing Career, Sought English-language Project, Critics Were Again Unimpressed

Paulina Rubio: 1971—: Singer, actress.

Already one of the brightest stars in the pantheon of Latin American popular music, Paulina Rubio seems poised to become the next big Latin crossover success, following in the footsteps of Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin. The daughter of one of Mexico's most successful film stars, Susana Dosamantes, Rubio got into music at an early age, recording her first record at the tender age of three. She made her professional musical debut in 1981 as an original member of the pre-teen singing group Timbiriche, which enjoyed great popularity throughout Latin America. Although she never really left music behind, Rubio in the late 1980s and early 1990s made a detour into acting, appearing in two of Mexico's most popular telenovelas—Pasión y poder and Pobre niña rica. A member of Timbiriche until 1991, Rubio struck out on her own as a singer with a debut solo album entitled La chica doradaThe Golden Girl—a nickname by which she is still known in her native Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. Only a year after topping the Latin music charts with her hit CD Paulina, Rubio crashed the English-language pop market with Border Girl, which debuted at number 11 on the U.S. pop music charts in June of 2002.

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