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|Birth name||Rocío Espinosa López-Cepero|
|Also known as||Laura Valenzuela|
18 February 1931 |
|Occupation(s)||Presenter, actress, model|
|Years active||1954–2000s (retired)|
Laurita Valenzuela (born Rocío Espinosa López-Cepero; 18 February 1931, Seville) is a Spanish television presenter of the 1950s and 1960s. Before becoming known in Europe for hosting 1969 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, she was a model and appeared in many publications around the world. She was one of the first faces that Spain saw on television when Televisión Española (TVE) was launched in 1956.
She acted in many films since the early 1950s up through the late 1960s. In 1971, when she married film director José Luis Dibildos and had her daughter, presenter Lara Dibildos, she retired from public life, until she returned to TV in 1991 on private channel Telecinco. Later on, she returned to TVE.
She retired again in the 2000s when she was treated for breast cancer. She recovered but remains retired, apart from occasional collaborations or interviews, such as on 7 December 2006, when she hosted TVE's 50th Anniversary Show together with younger presenters Anne Igartiburu and Paula Vázquez.
- "Laurita Valenzuela en Houston para operarse de un cancer", abc.es; accessed 1 October 2014 (in Spanish).
- Valenzuela breast cancer battle, tiempodehoy.com; accessed 1 October 2014 (in Spanish).
- Laurita Valenzuela at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile, eurovision-spain.com; accessed 1 October 2014.
- Profile, eurovision.tv; accessed 1 October 2014.
|Eurovision Song Contest presenter