FEATURED ICON: Xuxa - Brazilian Actress, Singer

Xuxa (Maria da Graça "Xuxa" Meneghel, born March 27, 1963, Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian Grammy Award Winner, television actress, singer and children's television show host. Her various shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Her achievements include the second best-selling album in the history of Brazil and being the singer with the second highest total of number-one hits by a female in the Brazilian charts, surpassed only by Daniela Mercury. Xuxa has some of the biggest box office results in Brazilian history and has amassed a fortune of over $100 million.

Xuxa's father, Luiz Floriano, was in the military and stationed in Rio de Janeiro when she was 7. At age 15, Xuxa was followed home by a magazine publisher who spotted the blue-eyed blonde on the train and invited her to audition to be a model. A year later, she was on the cover of a Brazilian magazine.

In 1980, Xuxa posed for another magazine with other Brazilian models and the great soccer legend Pelé.

She was in ELLE, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, NOVA and a centerfold in Playboy magazine's Brazilian edition in December 1982.

She was only 20 when she was given her own variety TV show, Clube da Criança (Children's Club). She was an instant hit; her candor on camera and her way with kids caught the attention of Latin America's media giant, Rede Globo. - READ MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuxa


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