David Delfin, Alaska and Mario Vaquerizo – 2014 Marie Claire Prix de la Moda Awards – Arrivals – Callao Cinema – Madrid, Spain –  Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: María Olvido Gara Jova

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: 13 June, 1963

*father – Spanish Asturian
*mother – Cuban [Spanish, including Andalusian, Extremaduran, as well as Catalan, Portuguese, possibly Indigenous], distant English, Welsh and possibly Mexican

Alaska is a Mexican-born singer, songwriter, actress, DJ, and businessperson. She is also a Spanish citizen.

Alaska is the daughter of América Jova Godoy and Manuel Gara López. Her father was born in Asturias, Spain, and was living in Mexico in exile during the Spanish Civil War. Her mother was born in La Habana, Cuba, and also lived in Mexico in exile due to the Cuban Revolution. Alaska is married to Spanish singer, songwriter, journalist, writer, manager, and radio and television personality Mario Vaquerizo.

Alaska’s maternal grandfather was named Julio Jova Pichardo (the son of parents surnamed Jova González-Abreu and América Pichardo Arias). Julio’s paternal grandparents were Juan Jova y Jova, who had roots in Sitges, Catalonia, and of María Jacinta González-Abreu y Jiménez, whose grandfather was born in Marchena, Andalusia.

Alaska’s maternal grandmother was María Caridad Godoy Cuebas (the daughter of Felipe Godoy Herbert and Belén de las Cuebas). Felipe was born in France, and was a possible descendant of Manuel Godoy, who was Prime Minister of Spain, from 1792 to 1797, and who had been born in Extremadura, of Portuguese descent; and of Philip Herbert, the 4th Earl of Pembroke and 1st Earl of Montgomery. Alaska’s great-grandmother Belén was of possibly Indigenous Cuban and Mexican descent, from Yucatán.

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