Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$30 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1948
SpouseMarcos Avila
FactInternational Spanish talk show host and journalist.

Cristina Saralegui is a Cuban-American journalist, television host, actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She is best known for her work on the Univision talk show El show de Cristina, which she hosted from 1989 to 2010.

Saralegui was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 29, 1948. Her parents were both Cuban journalists who had been forced into exile by the Cuban government. Saralegui was raised in Miami, Florida, and attended Catholic schools. She began her career in journalism as a teenager, writing for a Miami Spanish-language newspaper.

Saralegui’s career took off in the early 1980s when she began working as a radio host. In 1989, she began hosting El show de Cristina, a talk show that became one of the most popular programs on Univision. The show ran for 21 years and made Saralegui a household name.

In addition to her work on television, Saralegui has also been active in film and theatre. She made her film debut in the 1995 comedy Miami Rhapsody and has also appeared in the films The Perez Family (1995) and The Lost City (2005). On stage, she has appeared in productions of The Vagina Monologues and The House of Bernarda Alba.

Saralegui is also an entrepreneur. In 1994, she founded Cristina Saralegui Enterprises, a multimedia company that produces television shows, magazines, and websites. The company also has a line of home products, including bedding and home decor.

Saralegui has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Manuel Ortiz Guitart, with whom she had two children: Cristina Ortiz Saralegui (born 1974) and Manuel Ortiz Saralegui (born 1976). The couple divorced in 1987. Saralegui married Marcos Avila in 1988. The couple has one child: Marcos Avila Jr. (born 1989).

Saralegui has an estimated net worth of $100 million. She is one of the highest-paid television hosts in the United States, earning an annual salary of $10 million.

Saralegui is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

General Info

Full NameCristina Saralegui
Net Worth$30 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1948
ProfessionJournalist, Television producer, Television presenter, Talk show host, Actor
EducationUniversity of Miami


SpouseMarcos Avila
ChildrenCristina Amalia Ávila, Jon Marcos Ávila, Stephanie Ávila
ParentsCristina Santamarina, Francisco Rene Saralegui, Jr


AwardsGLAAD Media Vanguard Award, ALMA Community Service Award, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article (Spanish Language)
TV ShowsEl show de Cristina

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1(November 28, 2001) Univision network announces cancellation of Cristina's daily talk show.
2International Spanish talk show host and journalist.




George Lopez2003TV SeriesLydia
DKDA: Sueños de juventud1999TV SeriesPresentadora DKDA


Pa'lante con Cristina2007TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Cristina: El 15 aniversario2004TV Movie executive producer
A que no te atreves1999TV Series executive producer


Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Selena, su ultimo adios2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Every Woman2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Pa'lante con Cristina1989-2007TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself - Hostess
2006 ALMA Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Sacred Waters2006DocumentaryHerself
Selena: Noche de estrellas2005TV MovieHerself
Selena ¡vive!2005TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Squares2002-2004TV SeriesHerself
Cristina: El 15 aniversario2004TV MovieHerself - Host
Don Francisco presenta2004TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
2001 ALMA Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Premio lo Nuestro a la música latina 20012001TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Taina2001TV SeriesHerself
The Cristina Show1997TV SeriesHerself
Te sigo amando1996TV SeriesHerself
Navidades en familia1993TV ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Aunque usted no lo viera2005TV SeriesHerself
Man of the Year1995Herself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2002Lifetime Achievement AwardImagen Foundation Awards
2000Community Service AwardALMA Awards
1999Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 4 November 1999. At 7060 Hollywood Blvd.
1997Vanguard AwardGLAAD Media Awards

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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