Cristina Saralegui is a Cuban American journalist, actress and talk show host. Saralegui was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 29, 1948 to a wealthy family. They fled to Miami's Cuban exile community in 1960 when Cristina was 12 years old. She attended the University of Miami, majoring in mass communications and creative writing. She got her start in the media world as an intern Vanidades Continentel. She worked for many magazines until 1979 she was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan-en-Español. In 1989 she was given an opportunity to become executive producer and host of her own television shoe, El show de Cristina. The show, show which became known for discussing controversial topics was a hit and won an Emmy Award in 1991. She even launched her own magazine Cristina la revista ("Cristina the Magazine"). Though Saragelui's talk show went off the air in 2010 after 21 years, she successfully transitioned into the business world with her company Cristina Saralegui Enterprises, Inc. She has her own lines of furniture and clothing and operates her own television production facility. In 2005 she was named one of the "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America" by Time magazine, and received the Corporate Leader Award from the National Network of Hispanic Women.