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She is 66 years old, has written 19 books and raised a family. That last word is the one that means the most to Isabel Allende. However, this Lima-born, Chilean-bred California resident cannot live without books, whether it be as the author of works as popular as La casa de los espíritus ( The House of the Spirits ) or as painful as Paula , or as a reader, part of a world that cannot be conceived of without the existence of the written word.
For Paz Vega a literary work that changed her life was “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” (The House of Bernarda Alba), a play by Federico Garcia Lorca. Until then the 30-year-old girl from Seville wanted to be a sports star, go into politics or be a journalist. But after seeing the Andalusian author’s play she knew that she could only be an actress. Settled in Los Angeles waiting for her first baby to be born, Vega has fulfilled her dream both in Spain with movies like “Lucia y el Sexo” (Lucia and Sex) and “Teresa, Muerte y Vida” (Teresa, Death and Life), while in the United States she did “Spanglish” and now “Ten Items or Less.”
Catalina Sandino Moreno is the most famous actress in her country. She is the first Colombian actress to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, which she received for her portrayal of a character much like herself: one of those strong women that she very much enjoyed bringing to the big screen in the movie, Maria Full of Grace ( María llena de gracia ). However, she will always choose a good book over the glamour of Hollywood . This, coupled with the advice of her mother, keeps the feet of this 25 year old actress firmly planted on the ground.
She is the actress that week after week we see in the show Desperate Housewives as Gabrielle Solis. Eva Longoria was born in Texas but all her family is from Monterrey, Mexico. Proud of her ethnicity the actress told us how much she loves to read the stories of Isabel Allende, her favorite author.
There are books that sink their teeth into the reader and don’t let go until the very end. Such are those of 34-year-old bestselling American author Stephenie Meyer, who until five years ago was a housewife and mother of three with no literary preparation aside from the books she had devoured throughout her life. She is now the author of the moment thanks to her young adult Twilight series, which combines teenage romanticism with vampires’ thirst for blood.
Matt Damon is Hollywood’s most profitable actor, bringing in more gross income than any other star per dollar received.
But the lone Oscar this 36-year-old Massachusetts native has received was a best original screenplay award for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting , in which he also starred. Damon is an avid reader and currently is studying Spanish – a language he has dabbled in since meeting Argentine Luciana Barroso, his current wife – in hopes of giving his daughters Alexia and Isabella the best possible bilingual education.