Great-grand-niece of the President of the Goverment of Spain Antonio Maura.
Fluent in French and some English, but almost always does her interviews in her native Castellano (Spanish).
Won the "Goya Award" (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar) in 1989, 1991, 2001 and 2007.
Headed an art gallery and performed in night-clubs before starting her acting career.
Her role as transsexual on Law of Desire (1987) made her a gay icon.
Mother, with Francisco, of Carmen and Pablo.
Her ex-husband, Francisco, is a lawyer.
Was originally offered the role of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas's housemaid in The War of the Roses (1989) that was ultimately played by German actress Marianne Sägebrecht.
Has a granddaughter called Carla (b. 2003).
Had a brief affair with Fernando Colomo. They remain very good friends.
Filming a new Spanish adaptation of The Golden Girls (1985). [July 2010]