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The theme that she chose for the contest was the traditional song "La sombra vendo". Luis Sanz, a Madrid manager who watched the show, was impressed by her talent and personality. Sanz contacted the program for the name and the address of the young contestant. The plot of the film portrayed a teenager with her own personality. The movie scored huge box office and critics success. This success was repeated in other Spanish-speaking countries where the movie was shown. Following this, she got her first record deal with transnational Phonogram now Universal Music. That same year, she appeared in her first theater play, Un domingo en Nueva York , in which she was revealed as a great theatrical actress.
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In these shows, Marietta her familiar nickname, pronounced Mar-ee-etta charmed the audience with her clear and melodic voice that also made her a winner in many other radio contests that she participated in those years. In , when she not yet 15, she appeared in the TV show 'Primer Aplauso' 'First Applause' where a Spanish movie producer discovered her. With thousands of fans worldwide and records sales in their millions, this Madrid-born lady was, undoubtedly, one of the brightest stars of Spanish language show business. In , Rocio Durcal was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus that unfortunately was later found to have spread to her lung and brain. Sign In. Showing all 18 items. The most of the songs she performed and recorded were written by Juan Gabriel. She was discovered in a TV quiz, "Primer Aplauso", and debuted in the cinema in She is a singer-actress.