Cristina's Biography

CRISTINA SARALEGUI is a seasoned journalist who is recognized as one of the most influential role models for today's Hispanic woman. She is strong-willed, successful, savvy and committed to making a difference. Time Magazine named her one of the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America." CRISTINA sees her #1 role in media and in life as a motivator for women and a champion of a healthy, gracious and self-empowered lifestyle.

In 1989, CRISTINA made her television debut as host and executive producer of "The Cristina Show" on the Univision Network. The program broke barriers and became a ratings hit. For 21 years, Cristina and "The Cristina Show" entertained, uplifted, and educated the Hispanic community in the U.S. and throughout the world. Cristina made it okay for Hispanics to openly discuss issues that had never been talked about on Spanish-language television; topics like sexual education for teens, AIDS awareness and education, as well as human rights issues facing the Hispanic community throughout the world. In the process, "The Cristina Show" became a platform, a voice for millions of Hispanics who may not have otherwise been heard, earning 12 Emmys and making Cristina a household name.

In October of 2011, Cristina launched a new prime-time weekly television program "Pa'lante con Cristina" (Moving Forward with Cristina.) The program aired during the 2011- 2012 season on the Telemundo Network.

In January of 2012, she launched "The Cristina Channel" a 24/7 radio network for Sirius XM. The channel (146) offers programming on a variety of subjects including news, entertainment, health, beauty, family and relationship guidance, travel, political issues and self-empowerment.. Her one hour radio show "Cristina Entre Amigos" (Cristina Between Friends) airs Monday thru Friday at 5P(EST).

The Cuban-born media mogul is the first Spanish-language television personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, she has received numerous awards such as the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television's "Gracie Allen Tribute Award," AmFAR's "National Community Service Award," The Simon Weisenthal Center's 2004 "International Distinguished Achievement Award" as well as The Hispanic Heritage Foundation's "Arts Award" and the Imagen Foundation's "Lifetime Achievement Award." She is the first Latina to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, where she joins such television legends as Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and Johnny Carson.

CRISTINA has also participated in many prestigious events such as the Museum of Television and Radio's William S. Paley TV Festival and The National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE) Women in Communications panel. CRISTINA and Elizabeth Taylor together addressed The United Nations on the subject of AIDS research and education, one of the many causes for which she passionately works. She has been presented with proclamations and keys to cities around the world and is also listed in numerous biographical references including "Who's Who in Professional and Executive Women" and "The Top 100 Hispanic Influential People in the U.S." CRISTINA's life story was part of The Museum of Tolerance exhibit: Finding Our Families/Finding Ourselves, an effort by the museum to highlight our human similarities, especially as it pertains to the multi-racial rainbow of American immigrants.


CRISTINA's brand name recognition among Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America is unparalleled and in high demand by leading corporations seeking to tap into the burgeoning Hispanic consumer market. A 2004 poll conducted by Synovate U.S. Hispanic Market Report found the following perceptions about CRISTINA among Hispanic decision-makers between the ages of 25-54: CRISTINA Overall Trust Score: 80%; CRISTINA provides styles and fashion to fit your lifestyle: 71%; CRISTINA is a role model (females): 70%; a new line of furniture by CRISTINA would appeal to you: 80%.

During her three decades of entertaining and educating people, CRISTINA's personal warmth and style have inspired millions of loyal followers who look to her for information on everything from relationship issues to celebrities, family life, home décor and entertaining.

In 2004, CRISTINA created the Casa Cristina™ Collection, the first complete collection of home furnishings inspired by her personal style. In November of 2006, CRISTINA was selected as one of "The 50 Most Influential People in Home Furnishings Style and Design" by Home Furnishings News (HFN).


CRISTINA SARALEGUI is the granddaughter of Don Francisco Saralegui, a venerated Cuban magazine publisher who had already established several magazines in his native Cuba before the family was forced to immigrate to Miami, Florida in 1960, when CRISTINA was only 12 years old. CRISTINA attended The University of Miami and began her media career as an intern at the Spanish-language magazine, Vanidades. CRISTINA quickly moved up the ranks and soon became Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan en Español, sister publication to Hearst's Cosmopolitan. She held that position from 1979 to 1989 when she resigned to become Executive Producer and host of her own TV talk show, the internationally famous "The Cristina Show."

Under the banner CRISTINA SARALEGUI ENTERPRISES, INC. (CSE), CRISTINA and her husband and manager Marcos Avila have built a media company, which is housed at the sprawling Blue Dolphin Studios. It was inaugurated on May 6, 2001 and consists of state of the art television production facilities with three sound stages available to outside productions.


Aside from her career as an EMMY? award-winning talk show host and CEO of a media and licensing empire, CRISTINA devotes her time to a myriad of social causes. She and her husband Marcos Avila founded the "Arriba la Vida/Up with Life Foundation" in 1996, a private foundation dedicated to AIDS awareness and education among Hispanics, as well as other AIDS related causes that touch the lives of Hispanics everywhere.

CRISTINA has received the Valor Award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in recognition of her pioneering efforts in educating her viewers on gay and lesbian issues as well as AIDS awareness and education; The ADCOLOR Award's All-Star Honoree celebrating outstanding achievements by diverse professionals in advertising, marketing and media; as well as the Raúl Julía Award of Excellence by The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

CRISTINA is on the Board of Directors of The Museum of Television & Radio and is a member of the National Council of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR).

Her husband, Marcos Avila, a former musician and founding member of the highly successful musical group, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, manages CRISTINA. The couple, who has three children, resides in Miami. You can follow Cristina on Twitter @CristinaOpina and on Facebook at