Dolores Prida

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Dolores Prida (September 5, 1943[1] – January 20, 2013[2]) was a Cuban-American columnist and playwright.[2] Catherine E. Shoichet of CNN said that she was a "Latina Dear Abby".[3]

She wrote for a weekly column of the El Diario La Prensa. She also contributed to Latina magazine and the New York Daily News. At Latina she wrote her "Dolores Dice" ("Dolores says" in Spanish) column.[1] Prida was a founding member of the Latina magazine.[2]


Prida was born on September 5, 1943 in Caibarién, Cuba.[1] She was the oldest of three children. She had two sisters, Lourdes and Maria.[2] While she was a teenager, Prida wrote poetry and short stories. Shortly after the completion of the Cuban Revolution, her father left for the United States,[1] fleeing in a boat.[2] In 1961,[1] two years after the departure of their father,[2] Prida and her mother and two siblings left Cuba. The family settled in New York City. Prida lived in New York City for the rest of her life. She attended Hunter College, taking night classes while working at a bakery. She later entered the publishing industry and became a journalist.[1]

In the 1970s and 1980s she became the senior editor of Nuestro magazine, the managing editor of El Tiempo, Visión magazine's New York correspondent, the director of information services of the National Puerto Rican Forum, the literary manager of the International Arts Relations (INTAR), and the publications director of the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA).[1]

Prida published her first play in 1977. For her playwrighting she won the Cintas Fellowship Award for Literature in 1976, the Creative Artistic Public Service Award for Playwriting in 1976, and the Excellence in Arts Award in 1987. The Manhattan Borough President presented her with the third award. Mount Holyoke College granted her an honorary degree, a Doctor of Humane Letters, in 1989.[1]

In 1998 Prida took control of Latina's advice column. She had no prior training in writing advice.[3]

She died on the morning of January 20, 2013, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her cause of death is not yet known, and her family placed a request for an autopsy.[2]



  • Beautiful Señoritas (1977)[1]
  • Beggars Soap Opera (1979)[1]
  • Coser y cantar (1981)[1]
  • Pantallas (1986)[1]
  • Botánica (1991)[1]
  • Casa Propia (1999, means "A House of Her Own")[1]
  • Four Guys Named José (2000)[1]
  • Una Mujer Named Maria (2000, "una mujer" means "a woman")[1]


  • 37 poemas (1967)[1]


In The New York Times, D. J. R. Buckner said that in Casa Propia, "[n]ot much more is needed for comedy than throwing these broadly drawn strong characters together" and that in regards to the characters, "Fanny, Olga, Manolo and Junior are likely to live with you for a long time."[4] He said that Prida "has a good ear for New York Hispanic street language, and this cast exploits it so hilariously that at times even a viewer with no Spanish may want to set aside the simultaneous translation earphones and take it in raw: the grimaces and gestures reveal what is meant, and the sound is too good to miss."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Remeseira, Claudio Iván. "Dolores Prida, beloved columnist and playwright, dies at 69." NBC Latino. January 21, 2013. Retrieved on January 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hernandez, Lee. "Legendary Playwright and Columnist Dolores Prida Dies." Latina. January 20, 2013. Retrieved on January 22, 2013. '"We live three blocks apart," added Junco. "And she went home and on the way home, she didn't feel good, so she called her sister and they took her to Mount Sinai. it's not known if she died of a heart attack or stroke. The family has requested an autopsy," she said.'
  3. ^ a b Shoichet, Catherine E. "Dolores Prida, Latina 'Dear Abby,' dies." CNN. Monday January 21, 2013. Retrieved on January 22, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Buckner, D. J. R. "THEATER REVIEW; O.K., You Love the House. Now Meet the Neighbors." The New York Times. March 17, 1999. Retrieved on January 22, 2013.