It was barely three months after her birth on February 9, 1968, that Alejandra Gabriela Guzmn Pinal was already on TV. The Mexico City native is celebrity royalty, daughter of actress Silvia Pinal and rock legend Enrique Guzman, who hosted a TV show together.
It was obvious she inherited her father’s genes when her family would gather to watch her dance and sing in the living room. At age 5, she was taking ballet, jazz and tap dancing lessons, endowing her early with faultless rhythm and a hard, shapely body.
She craved the spotlight in her teen years, but her parents — wise in the ways of fame — didn’t allow her to pursue it until she finished school. In the meantime, she did some TV commercials, acted as an extra in soap operas, and lent her voice to the choir for the bands Kenny y los Electricos and La Union.
Her mother took Alejandra along amid her travels with her theatrical troupe, giving Alejandra a glimpse of the pressures and madness she could expect. Nothing deterred her. As soon as she graduated, 17-year-old Alejandra took part in the musical Mame alongside her mother. She knew she would be a singer.
Then came the hard part. Alejandra ran into walls wherever she went. Her parents’ renown didn’t help — in fact, it was a liability. Many saw her as the deluded offspring of stars who thought she could easily pick up where her folks were.
Not one to be discouraged, Alejandra ran into producer Miguel Blasco, who saw in her a future leading light. And from that union sprung Bye Mama, her first LP, released in 1988.
The accolades came pouring in. Alejandra won five different awards for Best New Artist and Bye Mama reached gold status. She was all Mexico could talk about and all they could hear on the radio.
She wasted no time getting back to the studio and in 1989, released her sophomore project Dame tu Amor, which showed she was no one-hit wonder. To wit, she was recognized by the music industry for her rapid success and raked in a Best Singer of the Year award from ERES magazine.
She was unstoppable. 1990 saw the release of Eternamente Bella, the album that cemented her place as a musical monarch. She was selling out venues for 17,000 people and jumping the border with tours to South and Central America, as well as the United States. Her name was on every most wanted and most famous list in Mexico.
And like a true star, she went on to movies, breaking ticket-sale records in Verano Peligroso (Dangerous Summer) in 1991. The soundtrack, as well, was a runaway hit.
The albums kept on coming and with them the awards. In 1991, she released Flor de Papel and had a daughter, Frida Sofia (whom she named after the legendary Mexican artist), the following year with Pablo Moctezuma. Her pregnancy with singer Pablo Moctezuma’s baby rocked the nation, as she was at the time unwed. But she shook off the controversy and kept on rocking.
In 1993, Alejandra switched over to BMG Entertainment, and again, under the wing of Miguel Blasco, she recorded Libre, her fifth album. It was the first album to see major sales not only in other Latin American countries, but in Spain and the U.S. as well.
In 1994 came Enorme, then, in 1996, Cambio de Piel (on which she collaborated with Latin music giants Fito Paez and Miguel Rios), and in 1997, La Guzman, which would become her affectionate handle.
Around this time, in 1998, Guzman married Farrell Goodman, an American. It wasn’t a prosperous marriage, mostly because Goodman was soon after arrested for drug trafficking.
Algo Natural, her ninth album, recorded in 1999, followed disastrous alcohol and drug abuse that landed her in rehab. Her career almost came to a halt, as did her public dignity, but Alejandra managed to flip the situation around, as she once again took the stage with her mother in a musical production of Gypsy.
It paved the way to her 2001 release, widely considered her best and most mature work. Soy was supervised by Desmond Child, the brains behind Cher, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and KISS, among others. It was an explosive rock tour de force that won her the 2002 Latin Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance.
2003 was a year marred by sadness, as Alejandra had a miscarriage. She had been sick with internal infections, and heavy bleeding on the day she would promote her new tour showed it had affected the baby, whom she conceived with boyfriend Gerardo Gmez de la Borbolla.
But stronger than ever, Alejandra returned in 2004 with Lipstick, her 11th CD and first venture into English language songs. The album received two Latin Grammy nominations, for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album and Best Rock Song.
Alejandra’s romantic resume is lengthy, having bedded such men as Ricky Martin in 1990 (it’s rumored she dumped him for her ex-husband) and singers Erick Rubn and Mauricio Robles in later years. In 2004, she announced that she’s set to marry and have a second child with her boyfriend, Gerardo Gomez de la Borbolla. Alejandra currently lives in Mexico City.