Biography

I would like to thank all my friends for encouraging me to put together this collection of my recordings and photographs. “The Music of my Life” allows me to share many of my most cherished memories with you.

From the time I was a little girl in Buenos Aires, Argentina, music has been my companion, my comfort, my support and my inspiration. Therefore, for those close to me it came as no surprise that I became more and more involved in music. The first person that put me in front of a microphone was my dear mother, Maria, when I was three years old. The image of her holding me on a stool to reach the microphone in order to record my “first album”, foreshadowed my destiny in the musical field. For me, the two songs recorded on that occasion are like a hidden treasure, which I kept to myself for many years. They are being published for the first time in this special collection, so that I can share this tender moment with my friends.

At the ripe old age of 4, I started my musical education at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. For the next 14 years, I had studies and recitals in various subjects, majoring in voice and piano, concurrent with my regular school curriculum. Consequently, I did not have time to participate in the typical activities that other young girls enjoyed. At the age of 18, I not only graduated from high school, but I also received a Masters Degree in Music with a major in both Piano and Voice from the Conservatory.

At the age of 19, I was selected as the best amateur singer of Argentina by “Radio Libertad”, and I began my professional musical career in Buenos Aires by recording several albums as a vocalist with the Microfon label. It was at this point that I took the stage name of Marina Dorell. The sale of the records went so well that I became an artist with RCA Records, which truly launched my international singing career.

I moved to Mexico City and expanded my profession by acting in films, theatre and television, and directing TV programs for the Televisa Mexico Network. For some years, I worked as a freelance contractor for Televisa Mexico. During this period, I also performed at numerous live concerts in many European capitals and various cities in the Orient, Latin America, and the United States, often before large audiences in stadiums and amphitheaters. I recorded the first Spanish/English version of the song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, from the musical “Evita”. I am very pleased my version continues to be included in several romantic CD collections. This project will always hold a very special place in my heart because Eva Peron is such an important part of my Argentine history.

One day, I moved to California to pursue a dream I had for many years; to obtain an educational degree in a field of human service so that I could help others. I chose the field of Psychology. Over the course of the next eleven years, I obtained a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, a Doctorate in Human Behavior and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and I established a private practice. During all this time, I continued my work with Televisa Mexico. They contracted me to produce, direct, and host investigative reporting programs aimed at the Hispanic audience in the USA and dealing with a series of social and community interests. One of these was capped by a two-hour live program entitled “AIDS in the Latin Community”, followed by several segments on “Child Abuse and Street Children”. My in-depth investigative reporting created a strong interest in the subject and generated a very positive response from the community. Also, Televisa signed me up to direct, to host and coordinate the five-hour live “Miss Baja California Beauty Pageant” show. During the course of the program, I also sang and entertained the audience.

Then later on, Televisa Mexico asked me to produce and host a live program using my professional expertise in the field of psychology. Listeners would call in to receive help with their questions and personal problems. This program became very successful in addressing specific community problems.

I was much honored that Univision also invited me to participate in a series of live programs where I presented their audience solutions to cope with many different physiological issues.

As a professional entertainer, I have had numerous opportunities throughout my career to help and assist the Hispanic people. Now that I am a psychologist, I see many beneficial ways to combine both of my careers to better serve the needs of not only the Latino community, but also other groups. Hopefully, by sharing our love, support and some heartfelt songs we may all look toward a brighter future.