Cynthia Klitbo

Cynthia Klitbo
Born Diana Cynthia Klitbo
(1967-03-11) March 11, 1967
Zacatecas, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984-present
Spouse(s) Jorge Antolín (1987-1989)
Francisco Gattorno (1995-1997)
Ruben Lira (2005-2007)
David Gerstein (2012-present)
Children Elisa Fernanda (b. 2006)

Cynthia Klitbo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsintja ˈklitβo]; born Diana Cynthia Klitbo on March 11, 1967 in Zacatecas, Mexico) is a Mexican actress of telenovelas, theater and Mexican cinema. She is best known for her roles as Laura in Televisa's telenovela La Dueña (Mexico) (1995), as Tamara de Duval in Televisa's telenovela El privilegio de amar (1998) and as Juana Godoy de González in Televisa's telenovela Teresa (2010 telenovela).


Cynthia Klitbo was born on March 11, 1967, in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, to a Danish father and a Mexican mother. She began her television career in 1987 playing a secondary character in the telenovela Como Duele Callar Amor en Silencio, Mi Segunda Madre, Yo Compro Esa Mujer, and Cadenas de Amargura soon followed.

After a brief hiatus in the mid-1990s, she returned to the small screen in La Dueña, once again playing a villainess. Notable performances in Alguna vez Tendremos alas, El Privilegio de Amar, and La Casa en la Playa established Cynthia as one of the best known actresses of her generation.

Klitbo's work in telenovelas made her recognizable internationally. Although she has starred as a protagonist, she is best known for her performances as a villain. An example is Klitbo's portrayal of the envious and psychotic Laura in La Duena opposite Angelica Rivera. Her portrayal in El Privilegio de Amar as Tamara won her a prize in Premios TvyNovelas as best antagonist. In the said telenovela, Klitbo had to shave her head in a scene to portray her character's defeat and insanity.

In 2005 Klitbo also worked as director of the telenovela Alborada produced by Carla Estrada. However, the two television personalities conflicted and Klitbo left the production days later. Later in the year she participated in the reality show Bailando por un sueño ("Dancing for a dream"), the Mexican version of Strictly Come Dancing, (the United States version is Dancing with the Stars).

On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 she gave birth to an 8.5 pound baby girl via caesarian section. She named her Elisa Fernanda. On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Cynthia married the sculptor David Gerstein in a civil ceremony. The religious ceremony took place in February 2013. She currently lives in Mexico City.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Ellos trajeron la violencia Film debut
1991 Asalto Elena
1995 Morena María
1996 El amor de tu vida S.A. Eugenia
1999 La paloma de Marsella
2003 Ladies' Night Victima
2004 Desnudos Berta


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Cómo duele callar Cristina Cisneros Co-Protagonist
1988 Amor en silencio Aurora Supporting Role
1989 Mi segunda madre Leticia Antagonist
1990 Yo compro esa mujer Efigenia

Supporting Role

1990 Mi pequeña Soledad Special Appearance
1991 Cadenas de amargura Sofía Gastélum Antagonist
1991 Vida robada Leticia Avelar Main Antagonist
1993 Videoteatros: Véngan corriendo que les tengo un muerto Various roles
1993 Sueño de amor Ana Luisa Main Antagonist
1995 La dueña Laura Castro Villarreal Main Antagonist
1996 Mujer, casos de la vida real Various roles
  • "Un problema para dos" (Season 12, Episode 19)
  • "Si pudiera amarte" (Season 12, Episode 28)
1997 Alguna vez tendremos alas Rosaura Ontiveros Antagonist
1998-1999 El privilegio de amar Tamara de la Colina Main Antagonist
2000 La casa en la playa Paulina Villarreal de Rojo Protagonist
2000 Mi destino eres tú Amara Trujillo Antagonist
2003 Velo de novia Raquela Villaseñor Main Antagonist
2005 Peregrina Abigaíl Osorio Antagonist
2007 Sexo y otros secretos Laura
  • "Sexo y más secretos" (Season 1, Episode 12)
  • "Amigas por siempre" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2007-2008 Palabra de mujer Delia Ibarra Main Antagonist
2008 La rosa de Guadalupe Elisa Episode: "A la orilla del cielo"
2009-2010 Atrévete a soñar Bianca Peña Main Antagonist
2010 Locas de amor Doctora Ayala Supporting Role
2010 Mujeres asesinas Mercedes "Luz, Arrolladora" (Season 3, Episode 12)
2010-2011 Teresa Juana Godoy Co-Protagonist
2012 Por ella soy Eva Mujer Borracha Special Appearance
2012 Cachito de cielo Adela Silva Antagonist
2013-2014 De que te quiero, te quiero Carmen Garcia Co-Protagonist
2014-2015 La sombra del pasado Prudencia Mendoza de Zapata Antagonist
2016 Vino el amor Marta Co-Protagonist

Awards and nominations

Year AwardCountryCategoryWorkResult
1988 TVyNovelas Awards Mexico Best Female Revelation Como duele callar Nominated
1990 Palmas de oro Best New Stage Actress La desconfianzaWon
1991 Estrellas de plata Best Female Villain Cadenas de amargura
TVyNovelas Awards Best Female Antagonist
1992 Estrella de plata Best New Stage Actress La desconfianza
1993 UCCT Award
1995 APT award Best New Actress Juicio suspendido
Palmas de oro Best Female Villain La Dueña
Estrella de plata
El Heraldo Best New Film Actress El amor de tu vida, S.A.
Amistad Award Best Actress La Dueña
1996 Framingo Award United States
ACCA Award
ACE Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
TVyNovelas Awards Mexico Best Female Antagonist Nominated
1999 Gran águila Award Venezuela Best Actress El privilegio de amarWon
TVyNovelas Awards Colombia Alguna vez tendremos alas
El Heraldo Mexico Best Antagonist El privilegio de amar
TVyNovelas Awards Best Female Villain
Ace Awards United States Best Film Actress El amor de tu vida, S.A.
Estrella Awards Venezuela Best Actress El privilegio de amar
Mara Awards
Bravo Awards Mexico Best Female Villain
Quetzal Awards
El sol de oro Best Actress
Palmas de oro Best Antagonist
2000 El Sol de oro Best Actress Rosa de dos aromas
Las palmas de oro
Ace Awards United States Best Actress in a Telenovela La casa en la playa
2004 TVyNovelas Awards Mexico Best Female Antagonist Velo de noviaNominated
2006 Peregrina
2009 Palabra de mujer
2010 Atrévete a soñar
2014 Best Co-star Actress De Que Te Quiero, Te QuieroWon
Best First Actress Nominated


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