Cristina Saralegui

By Josh Redd

Cristina Maria Saralegui

Cristina Maria Saralegui was born January 29, 1948 in Cuba. She is a Cuban-born American journalist, actress and talk show host of the Spanish-language eponymous show. After graduating from the Academy of the Assumption in 1966, Saralegui enrolled at the University of Miami. In 1973, she began an internship at the magazine Vanidades. By 1979, Saralegui was editor of the Spanish version of Cosmopolitan magazine. She continued in this role through most of the 1980's. She is now currently alive and still doing her show today.

''To realize the American Dream, the most important thing to understand is that it belongs to everybody. It's a human dream. If you understand this and work very hard, it is possible." -Cristina Saralegui

El Show de Cristina

In 1989, Cristina transferred her success to television by launching her Miami-based television show, El Show de Cristina on Univision. She would end off each episode with a double thumbs up salute and a cuban expression.

''We Latin women are liberated from the neck up, not the neck down.'' -Cristina Saralegui

Cristina's Family

Both of Cristina's parents and husband,Marcos Avila a former member of the Miami Sound Machine, are from Cuban descent. She currently has three children, two brothers, and two sisters.

A Winner

Cristina has won many awards for her acting and television shows, including the GLAAD media vanguard award, ALMA Community service award, and the GLAAD media award for outstanding magazine article. She has also written multiple books like ''Rise and Shine'' and ''Latina Power.''
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