María Belón

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12, 1966
Madrid, Spain
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12, 1966 (age 53)
Madrid, Spain


Spanish physician and motivational speaker best known for surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami when she was vacationing in Thailand. Her life was recounted in the popular 2012 film The Impossible

Before Fame

She worked as a doctor in Spain before she went on vacation to Thailand in December of 2004. While sitting poolside with her family, the tsunami came and separated her from her family. After reuniting with her son Lucas, 


She is known for being the Spotlight Guest Speaker at the Share Iuvare Business Convention in 2015 as well as the speaker at the World Business Forum in 2015. 

Family Life

She was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She married Enrique Alvarez and together they had three sons Lucas, Simon, and Tomas. 

Associated With

She specifically chose Naomi Watts to play her in the film adaptation of her life after loving her performance in 21 GramsNaomi Watts went on to receive the Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards in 2012 for her performance.