Laurita Valenzuela

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Laurita Valenzuela
Birth name Rocío Espinosa López-Cepero
Also known as Laura Valenzuela
Born (1931-02-18) 18 February 1931 (age 83)
Seville, Spain
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.[citation needed] Later on, she returned to TVE.

She retired again in the 2000s when she was treated for breast cancer.[1][2] 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.

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  1. ^ "Laurita Valenzuela en Houston para operarse de un cancer",; accessed 1 October 2014 (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Valenzuela breast cancer battle,; accessed 1 October 2014 (in Spanish).

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Preceded by
United Kingdom Katie Boyle
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
Succeeded by
Netherlands Willy Dobbe