María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz, 4 October 1944, Madrid, Spain, d. 25 March 2006, Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain. Dúrcal sang from early childhood, appearing on radio at age 10 and on television at 14. This led to a film career, beginning in 1961, through which she became an international star. In 1970, she married popular singer-composer, Antonio Morales, with whom she had three children. Family commitments led to a brief retirement in the mid-70s but she made a highly successful comeback, first with the film, Me Siento Extraña (1977), but chiefly as a recording artist. As a singer, Dúrcal became immensely popular in Mexico where she was hailed as a leading interpreter of the traditional rancheras. Among composers whose work Dúrcal favoured was Juan Gabriel. She also appeared on television, first in the 60s and again in the late 70s, and was in the late 90s series Los Negocios De Mamá and Mujeres...
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