Mónica Santa María

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Mónica Santa María
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Born Mónica Janette Santa María Smith
(1972-12-06)6 December 1972
Miraflores, Lima, Perú
Died 13 March 1994(1994-03-13) (aged 21)
La Molina, Lima, Perú
Occupation Television host, model
Years active 1982–1994

Mónica Janette Santa María Smith (6 December 1972 – 13 March 1994) was a Peruvian model and TV hostess. She was born in Lima, Peru. From 1990 to early 1994, she co-hosted the Peruvian children's TV show Nubeluz.

Early life[edit]

Monica was the second daughter of Danilo Santa María (nationality: Peruvian) and Judith Smith (nationality: Canadian). Mónica attended Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a Catholic private school in Miraflores. At the age of nine, she began modeling and landed her first TV commercial shortly thereafter. At the age of eleven, she starred in a TV commercial for a popular shampoo named "Ammen". When she turned 13, she became the face of a well-known Peruvian cosmetic company, Yanbal.

After successfully finishing high school in December 1989, she was chosen to be one of the hostess of a new children's TV show Nubeluz. Nubeluz became one of the most popular TV shows nationwide. Monica and Almendra Gomelsky, the most popular hostess, hosted Nubeluz from late 1990 to early 1994. Both were named "Dalinas", this was a short word for "Dama Linda" which means "Pretty Lady". Monica was named "La Dalina Chiquita" and was by far the most successful hostess in the show, earning the most money out of them all.


Mónica Santa María was found dead on her bed on 14 March 1994 with an apparent gunshot wound. Her family members altered the crime scene hoping to hide that she had committed suicide. However, police concluded that she had in fact shot herself with a handgun between 2:30 am and 3:00 am on March 13 after an altercation with her then boyfriend, Constantino. Police discovered that Monica had left a message on Constantino's cellphone where she described her intention to commit suicide. Monica had tried to commit suicide before. She had been dead for 32 hours when her body was found. After Mónica's death Nubeluz began to decline until it ended in the summer of 1996. Monica was buried in the cemetery Jardines de la Paz in La Molina, Lima, Perú.[citation needed]