Judith Grace González
Judith Grace González Hicks (born on September 07, 1962, in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, México) is a Mexican television personality and former Señorita México. She competed in the Miss Universe 1981 pageant.
Born on September 7, 1962 in Monterrey, MX she was the first contestant from the state of Nuevo León to win the Miss Mexico pageant, which then opened the doors for her in local television. She first started off being the host of one of the most successful TV shows from Televisa in Monterrey, México, "Estilo". The show lasted for about 14 years. After that, in Mexico City she was the host of "Al ritmo de la noche" along with Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo and some other acting gigs on Mexican telenovelas, like Marisol for Televisa. She then became the director of the state television network "Canal 28" and changed the name of the network to "TV NL", she was recognized by the governor for being able to get federal aid to improve the network's condition.
In 1997, she ran for mayor of the city of Monterrey on the Labor Party (Partido Trabajo) ticket, and in 2000 she was the Alliance for Mexico candidate for senator from the state of Nuevo León, she broke a record for the numbers of votes that she got on her favor, even more so than the candidate of the same party running for president.
She was the host of Casos de Familia for ten years (Which translates literally as "Family Cases", but translates better within the show's context as "Family Issues"), a talk show produced in the United States by Venevisión, and broadcast in the U.S. on the Univision Network since 2004. As of July 2012, Judith Grace finished her contract and moved to different projects, among them, being the latinamerican face for the Obama Care campaign from the healthcare department during president Obama's presidency. The show "Casos de Familia" continued with a different unknown hostess, but it was canceled only six months after.
Judith recently participated on Top Chef Estrellas, earning her the second place on the competition. She is now offering conferences around the Latin American countries who still today air "Casos de Familia".
- Yolimer Obelmejias Valdez, "Entrevista Judith Grace González, conductora de 'Casos de familia': 'Los talks shows pueden ayudar muchísimo a esta generación'" El Universal (Caracas), November 29, 2010.
- Ignacio Ramírez, "De Señorita México a candidata al Senado: Postulada por la Alianza por México, la neoleonesa Judith Grace destaca su lucha por la gente necesitada" Archived 2011-06-15 at the Wayback Machine., El Universal (Mexico City), June 29, 2000.
- "Renueva la conductora mexicana Judith Grace contrato con Venevisión", El Porvenir (Monterrey, Mex.), November 17, 2007.
- Univision Premieres "Casos de Familia," U.S. Produced Talk Show Devoted to Family Issues, Hispanic PR Wire.com, January 27, 2004.