Itati Cantoral, Soraya Montenegro
Itatí Cantoral as Soraya Montenegro in Televisa's popular telenovela, "María La Del Barrio." YouTube/VideosRichardTV

For many cyber space users out there, Itatí Cantoral is just a face featured in a group of hilarious memes that can be found on social media under the hashtag “InSpanish.” With sayings such as “Gasps In Spanish,” “Judges Your Look In Spanish,” “Plots Your Death In Spanish,” and “Cries In Spanish,” Cantoral has managed to conquer the Internet world with one of her most memorable Telenovela roles, Soraya Montenegro.

For Telenovela connoisseurs, the 40-year-old actress is remembered as one of the best villains the small screen has ever seen. Even though Cantoral was born into the entertainment business, she didn’t make her on screen debut until 1986 in Televisa’s “La Telaraña,” a TV series that helped launch the careers of many well-known actors such as Eugenio Derbez and Andrea Legarreta.

Here are 17 things to know about the “Cries In Spanish” lady:

1) She was born on May 13, 1975.

2) Her real name is Itatí Guadalupe Cantoral Zucchi.

3) She is the daughter of Mexican composer and songwriter Roberto Cantoral.

4) Her mother is an Argentine actress of Italian descent.

5) She has three brothers Carlos, Roberto and José.

6) She is an actress, singer, dancer and producer.

7) She is best known for her roles as Soraya Montenegro in “María la del Barrio,” Alejandra Álvarez del Castillo Fernández in “Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe,” and Isabel Bocelli de Velasco in “Amores Con Trampa.”

8) She has also done theatre in her native Mexico, including the acclaimed musical “Cabaret” and Carmen Salinas’s production “Aventurera.”

9) She was married to actor Eduardo Santamarina, with whom she had twin boys, Roberto Miguel and José Eduardo.

10) In October 2015, she announced she was going to portray Mexican icon Frida Kahlo in an upcoming production.

11) She recently played another Mexican legend, Jenni Rivera, in El Dasa’s TV show “El Vato,” which premiered on NBC Universo last weekend.

12) She has been accused of being an alcoholic numerous times, and has reportedly made TV appearances in an inebriated state.

13) Her current partner is Carlos Alberto Cruz.

14) She is very good friends with Telenovela producer Emilio Larrosa.

15) She has also starred in Mexican films such as “Cansada de Besar Sapos” and “La Dictadura Perfecta.”

16) She has won several Best Actress Awards, including Premio TVyNovelas for Best Lead Actress and Premio People En Español for Best Actress in “Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe.”

17) In 2012, she won the Association of Theatre Journalist Award for Best Actress for her role as Annie Wilkes in a production of Stephen King’s “Misery.”

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