• Rebeca Valderrain Vera (Laura Leon) was born in Comalcalco, Tabasco, Mexico in 1952.
• She is a retired actress and singer, best known for her role in the telenovela ‘El Premio Mayor’.
• She has been married to Guillermo Vazquez Villalobos for many years and has two sons.
• She is an avid traveller, fashion designer and enjoys watching Mexican films and series.
• She is 67 years old, has blond hair, brown eyes and is 1.65 m tall. Her net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.
Who is Laura Leon?
Rebeca Valderrain Vera (Laura Leon) was born in Comalcalco, Tabasco, Mexico, on November 24, 1952 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she is a Mexican national. She is an actress and singerperhaps best known for her portrayal of the main character in the romantic comedy telenovela “El Premio Mayor”, which also starred Claudio Baez, Carlos Bonavides and Sergio Goyri, and aired 190 episodes in 1995 and 1996.
Where is she today and what is she doing now?
Laura retired from acting in 2013 and currently lives a seemingly peaceful life in her home in Mexico City.
Early life and education
Laura was raised as an only child in Comalcalco by her father, who was a factory worker, and her mother, Jaime Velderrain, who was a singer. She became interested in acting at a very young age, and was invited to play her first role (uncredited) while attending high school – at that time, Laura dreamed of becoming a famous model and singer, and had no plans to pursue an acting career .
She dropped out of high school after just one year to pursue her dreams, instead of focusing on her education.
Career as an actress
Laura made her screen debut in 1976, playing a supporting character in the romantic drama “Pink Zone”, which follows Leonor who works in a brothel and the love of her life Juan who had just escaped prison to be with her. . The same year, Laura made her TV series debut, when she guest-starred in a single episode of the crime mystery series “Mundos Opuestos”.
In 1979, she played Lucy, a bar singer in the action-crime movie “Tierra Sangrienta”, and then she appeared in the crime mystery movie “Noche de Juerga”, but which did not attract much attention. In the same year, Laura starred in the comedy film “Lagunilla, mi Barrio” alongside Manolo Fabregas, Lucha Villa and Hector Suarez, and played Prosituta Pelirroja in the comedy film “Semana Santa en Acapulco”, written and directed by Luis Alcoriza who also starred in the movie.
Laura rose to fame in Mexico in 1982, after being acclaimed for her performance as Bailarina in the action-crime movie “Presos Sin Culpa”, then appeared as Azucena in three episodes of the romantic series “El Amor Nunca Muere”, playing a guest star in a single episode of the drama series “Amor en Silencio”.
In 1991, she was invited to play the main character Esther Perez de Olivares, who appeared in all 200 episodes of the adventure series “Muchachitas”, a role she reprized in the movie “El Special de Muchachitas”, released in 1992.
Two years later, Laura starred as Ana Maria de Villegas in the drama film “Lo Que Se Vio y No Se Vio de Dos Mujeres, Un Camino”, and as the same character in the series “Two Women, One Road”, appearing in all 301 episodes in 1994.
In 1999, she was invited to play another main character – Yolanda Jimenez – in all 120 episodes of the romantic series “Mujeres Enganadas”, which also starred Andres Garcia and Arturo Peniche. Two years later, Laura guest-starred in the episode “La Envidia” of the thriller series “Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real”.
Three of Laura’s last roles before she retired from acting were in the drama series “Muchachitas Como Tu” playing Carmen Marquez in 2007, the romantic series “Double Life” starring Refugio Urbina de Lagos in 149 episodes in 2011, and in 2013 in the episode “Lo Menea” of the musical series “La Serie Gratis”, where she played Leonora.
Laura gained recognition as a singer after she sang theme songs in three of the telenovelas she appeared in: “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino”, “Mujeres Enganadas”, and “El Premio Mayor”.
Love life and husband
Laura prefers to keep her personal affairs to herself, but she is known to have been married to Guillermo Vazquez Villalobos for many years – Guillermo was the editor of the now-defunct newspaper “El Heraldo de Mexico”. The two married in a small ceremony attended only by their closest friends and family in the 80s, and after a year Laura gave birth to their son, followed by their second son who is known today by his stage name Santa Lucia, who is an actor and the singer of the musical group Banda Sinaloense El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizarraga. Both of Laura’s sons are married and have left home, and she is today the grandmother of five children.
It is believed that Laura was in a long-term relationship with a mystery man before she met Guillermo and that the two broke up after more than four years together, apparently because the man was not ready to get married.
Hobbies and other interests
Laura is interested in fashion and designs herself – she likes shiny and colorful clothes, and the pictures of her designs can be found uploaded to her Instagram account.
She loves to travel and her career as an actress has allowed her to travel all over the US while also visiting several European countries such as Italy, Spain and France – her dream travel destination is Paris in France.
She is a very sociable person, who focuses on spending her free time with her closest friends and family.
Late at night, Laura likes to watch Mexican movies and series, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Salma Hayek, while some of her favorite movies are the animated movie “Coco”, the thriller drama “Miss Bala” , and the comedy “Instructions not included”.
Age and height
Laura’s age is 67. She has long blond hair and brown eyes, she is 1.65 m tall and weighs about 59 kg.
As of August 2020, Laura’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.