• Sara Salazar is the third and last wife of legendary Mexican singer and balladeer José José.
• She was born in 1965 in Cuba and is the mother of 3 daughters from previous relationships.
• After meeting at a party in Miami, José José and Sara married in 1995 and had a daughter named Sarita.
• She has a net worth of $5 million, which comes from her late husband's estate.
• Sara enjoys Mexican and Italian cuisine, reading books, and watching TV soap operas.

Sara Salazar is mostly known for her being the third and the last wife of the legendary Mexican singer and balladeer, José José. The singer died in September 2019, leaving his grieving wife and their daughter, Sarita Sosa.

Early life and family

Sara “Sarita” Salazar was born in 1965, in Cuba. She matriculated from the local high school there in 1983, though hasn’t mentioned the college she later enrolled at.


Sara hasn’t left much information about her career – she has been a housewife most of her adult life, bringing up her children from at least two of her marriages.

Personal life, late husband José José

Sara met José José at a party he held in his apartments in Miami. She didn’t recognize the star at first, confusing him with a salsa dancer. However, their first meeting grew into a strong relationship, and the couple married in 1995, giving birth to their daughter, Sarita Sosa, the same year. Sara has two older daughters, Monique and Celine, whom she gave birth to in her previous relationship, though she hasn’t mentioned if she was officially married before.

Who is José José?

Early years and family

José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, who was mostly known under his stage name José José, was born on 17 February 1948, in Clavería, Azcapotzalco Mexico. His mother was Margarita Ortiz, and was a classical pianist. His father was José Sosa Esquivel, who was a famous operatic tenor. Being born into a family in which everyone was related to music, José started his music career when his was around 12 years old, by joining a bossa nova trio, and performing serenades at various events. Along with his singing, he learnt to play the bass and the double bass. By the age of 15 José was the only person who could help his mother to earn money as their father left them, suffering from alcohol addiction, and claiming José was grown up enough to take care of himself and his mother.

First successful steps in music career

When José turned 19, he joined the band called “Los Peg”, a Mexican bossa nova/jazz quartet. Even though he recorded many songs with the band, his lucky hour happened at the birthday party of his friend’s sister – José performed a song, which was heard by the birthday girl’s brother, who happened to be the managing director of the famous studio Orfeón Records. In no time José signed a contract with the studio, and released his first solo album under his new stage name José José. The album mostly consisted of romantic ballads and boleros, and was a huge success.

His first hit was called “La Nave del Olvido”, which José released in ‘70s, and it soon became super popular in Latin America and in Mexico in particular. However, his performance of the song “El Triste” on 15 March 1970 made him a true star. Frank Sinatra invited José to record a collaboration song in 1973, and in 1976 José signed a contract with the prestigious Ariola Records.

Hard times and failures

José recorded hits featuring Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo and Roberto Carlos, but still couldn’t fight his family curse – alcohol addiction. Due to his constant drinking, he started losing his voice, and failed his live performances a lot of times. By the early ‘90s his career was rolling down, and José needed a rehab as he couldn’t fight his addiction by himself.

José José

Even though he was married, it didn’t motivate him to work hard for his spouse Natalia “Kiki” Herrera Calles. He divorced her to get back to Ana Elena Noreña, also known as Anel, who he had dated her before leaving her for Natalia. Anel gave birth to his first son, José “José Joél” Francisco (born in 1975), and their daughter, Marysol Estrella (born in 1982). In 1991 José divorced Anel, and in 1995 married Sara. In 2008 Sara suffered from several diseases, and José admitted in his interview to People that her medical bills almost lost him all his wealth. However, the couple remained together until José’s death.

Death and heritage

José died on 28 September 2019 from health issues caused by pancreatic cancer – he was diagnosed in 2017. In 2014 he had had to sell his mansion in Coral Gables, Florida for $5 million to cover his and his wife’s medical bills, however, he left Sara his apartments on Miami Beach.

Daughter, Sarita Sosa

Sara’s younger daughter, Sarita Sosa, is very active on social media platforms, sharing the details of her personal life. In 2014 she married her long-term boyfriend, and still lives with him. She is a graduate of Miami Dade College. Sarita has recently given an interview to TVNotas, sharing her plans to become a professional singer, following her celebrity father. She is a very close friend of her older sister, Marysol, who is also a singer.

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Sarita often posts her photos with her father, José, thanking him for all the love he gave her during his life.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

  • Sara’s favorite actress is Julia Roberts, while her favorite actor is Tom Hanks.
  • Sara enjoys Mexican and Italian cuisines. Her favorite dishes are tacos, pizza and pasta carbonara.
  • Her spare time she chooses to spend it with her children, or alone reading a book or watching one of her favorite TV soap operas, such as “Una Familia con Suerte” (“The Lucky Family”) and “Atrévete a Soñar” (“Dare to Dream”).

Appearance, clothing style

Sara has middle-length blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and weighs around 121lbs (55kgs); her vital statistics are 35-27-36. As to her clothing style, she likes classy and fancy dresses and suits, which compliment her curvaceous body.

Net worth and salary

At the time of his death, Sara’s husband, José José, left her his wealth of $5 million, which in the absence of information regarding any other sources of income, is presumed to be the extent of her net worth.

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