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Grecia Colmenares

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Grecia Colmenares
Grecia Dolores Colmenares Mieussens

(1962-12-07) 7 December 1962 (age 61)
CitizenshipVenezuela (by birthplace), Argentina (naturalized)[citation needed]
Years active1974-present
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
(m. 1979; div. 1983)
Marcelo Pelegri
(m. 1986; div. 2005)
ChildrenGianfranco Pelegri Colmenares (b. 1992)
Parent(s)Lisandro Ernesto Colmenares and Grecia Mieussens

Grecia Dolores Colmenares Mieussens (Latin American Spanish: [ˈɡɾesja kolmeˈnaɾes]; born 7 December 1962) is a Venezuelan actress.


Grecia Dolores Colmenares Mieussens was born on 7 December 1962, in Valencia, Venezuela. She is the daughter of a Venezuelan father and a French mother. She pursued her education at school Lisandro Ramírez and at the Liceo Malpica. She studied theater with the director and playwright Miguel Torrence.

Personal life[edit]

In 1978, she met Henry Zakka on recordings of Drama de amor en el Bloque 6. In 1979, when Grecia was 17 years old, she married the actor, Henry Zakka. The couple divorced in 1983.

In 1986, a few months after arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she met the Argentine businessman Marcelo Pelegri. In 1986, she married Marcelo Pelegri. On 4 September 1992, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy. The couple divorced in 2005.

Grecia Colmenares has obtained Argentine citizenship.


Grecia Colmenares became a sensation as a young actress in her native Venezuela during the 1970s, becoming a favorite of the general public in that country. She made her debut, as an eleven-year-old, in the Angelica Spanish soap opera. She continued participating in other soap operas through her teenage years, including the major hits Estefanía in 1979 and Elizabeth in 1980. Those major hits were followed by a number of lesser known soap operas, as well as other hits, such as 1981's Marielena and, in 1984, Azucena and Topacio. In 1991, she starred in the famous soap opera Manuela, which obtained a huge success worldwide, and Colmenares won several prizes for her outstanding job as Isabel and Manuela.

Although her jobs in Venezuela gave her considerable international fame, it was after she moved to Argentina that Colmenares became paparazzi fodder. Colmenares then became a household name across Latin America. She appeared frequently on the covers of gossip and fashion magazines, and rumors of a rivalry with Andrea Del Boca surfaced, although these rumors lasted for a short period only. In 1999, Colmenares acted in a telenovela that Del Boca had previously participated in: Chiquititas, which had by then become a major international hit. In 2001, she was seen in Miami, Florida, trying to get a contract with Univision. Nevertheless, she was not able to get contracted by that network. In Venezuela, Colmenares and Victor Camara formed a popular on-camera couple, starring together in a number of soap operas.



Year Title Character Channel
1974 Angélica Angélica as a girl RCTV
1976 Carolina Blanquita Villacastín RCTV
1977 Iliana RCTV
1977 Zoraida RCTV
1977 Tormento RCTV
1979 Sangre azul María de los Ángeles RCTV
1979-1980 Estefanía Ana María Escobar RCTV
1980 Drama de amor en el bosque RCTV
1980 Marielena Raquel RCTV
1981 Elizabeth Lourdes RCTV
1981 Rosalinda Rosalinda RCTV
1983 Chao Cristina Diana Paiva Cáceres RCTV
1983 Días de infamia Minerva Reyes RCTV
1984 Azucena Azucena Rodríguez RCTV
1984 El Paréntesis Carmen Rosa RCTV
1984-1985 Topacio Topacio Sandoval RCTV
1985-1986 María de nadie María Domínguez Telefe
1987 Grecia Grecia Canal 13
1988 Pasiones Milagros Sarmiento Canal 9
1989 Rebelde Marina Roldán Canal 9
1990 Romanzo Gianina TV Pública
1991 Manuela Manuela Verezza/Isabel Guerrero Canal 13
1993 Primer amor María Inés Canal 9
1994 Más allá del horizonte María Bonangelo Olazábal/Milagros Canal 9
1994 El día que me quieras Soledad Canal 13
1996 Amor sagrado Eva Herrera/Ángeles Herrera Telefe
1999 Chiquititas Ana Pizarro Telefe
2000 Vidas prestadas Fernanda Valente López Univisión


Year Title Character Director Theater
1976 Romeo & Julieta
1999 Chiquititas Ana Pizarro Cris Morena Teatro Gran Rex
2012 14 millones Teatro del Sol and Teatro Broadway
2016 Cenicienta Mía Teatro Municipal de Valencia and Teatro Ópera Maracay

Television Programs[edit]

Year Program Channel Notes
2012 Bailando 2012 Canal 13 Eliminated 5th
2019 L'Isola dei Famosi 14 Canale 5
Eliminated 3rd
2023 Grande Fratello 17 Canale 5

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1991 TP de Oro Best Actress Topacio Nominated
2012 Premios Carlos Awards Best Actress 14 millones Nominated


  1. ^ "Grecia Colmenares Exits Big Brother in the 42nd Episode". www.ilmessaggero.it. 8 March 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.

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