María Celeste Arrarás

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Maria Celeste Arrarás
Born Maria Celeste Arrarás
(1960-09-27) September 27, 1960 (age 54)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Residence Miami, Florida
Education Loyola University New Orleans
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1980s-present
Employer Telemundo USA
Known for Primer Impacto
Al Rojo Vivo
Children 3
Parent(s) José Enrique Arrarás
Awards Emmy Award

Maria Celeste Arrarás (born September 27, 1960 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican journalist and actress and the host and producer of Spanish language news program, Al Rojo Vivo. She is also the host of daily radio program En Voz Alta con Maria Celeste on WSUA Radio Caracol.[1]


Maria Celeste Arrarás was born September 27, 1960 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She is one of seven children born to politician, sports leader, lawyer, and educator José Enrique Arrarás.[2]

In her youth Arrarás competed internationally in swimming. In 1971, she won three medals (one gold, one silver, and one bronze) at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships. She had hopes of competing at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but had to give up on that goal after she had contracted infectious mononucleosis ("kissing disease") after having shared a glass of water with someone.[2]

At age of 20, Arrarás attended Loyola University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she majored in communications and public relations.

Arrarás began her broadcasting career when she was employed by local Puerto Rican television station Canal 24 (Channel 24) as a reporter. In 1986, she was hired by the New York Telemundo affiliate WNJU as a reporter. Her work there drew the attention of the executives of the Univision network, who decided to hire her in 1994 as the co-anchor of their Miami, Florida based television news program, Primer Impacto. Along with her co-anchor Myrka Dellanos, she would continue to hold that position until 2002 when she left the show and the network.

In 2002, Arrarás moved to the Telemundo USA network to work as the anchor woman in a new television program that would replace her former competitor, Ocurrio Asi. Her new show was named Al Rojo Vivo.[3] That same year Arrarás tried her hand at acting by appearing in two episodes of the American soap opera Passions in November 2002, in which she played herself.[4]

In April 2003, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin let Arrarás have the first interview that he had done in Spanish in two years. On May of that year, Arrarás was honored by the displaying of a plaque with her name and hand-prints on it in Mexico City's Paseo de los Grandes (Walk of the Great Ones).

Since the NBC network owns the Telemundo company, executives at NBC decided that it would be a good idea for Arrarás to be a panelist for the candidates' debate during the "Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum" in 2004. Arraras mistakenly referred to Representative Dennis Kucinich as "Senator Kucinich" instead of "Congressman Kucinich", and he needed to correct her.[5]

On March 2004, a celebrity gossip magazine ran a story about Arrarás's filing for divorce from her then husband Manny Arvesu.[6] Also, in an interview her Telemundo co-worker, Laura Bozzo, expressed a disliking of her. All this was published shortly after Arrarás attended the wedding of her friend, Lucía Méndez, in Mexico. Arrarás declared that attending the wedding while in the middle of her own marital crisis was hard for her.[7]

On Friday, June 23, 2006, Arrarás became the first Telemundo hostess to co-host the Today Show on NBC. She did this again July 7, 2006, July 30, 2006, and for several days during the first week of July, 2009.[8]

In 2003 and 2006, Arrarás served as a judge for the Miss Universe pageant. She has also become the latest Hispanic celebrity mom to be a part of the Hispanic "Got Milk?" campaign in January 2007, as part of the "Think About Your Drink" campaign.[9]

In 2010 Arrarás was involved in an alleged domestic abuse controversy with her future husband Raul Qunintana. During a late-night fight with him, she called 911 to report that Quintana was choking her.[10] Later, she recanted her charges[11] and Quintana was cleared.[12] They patched up their differences and were married in 2012.[13] The marriage is kept in the background to promote the image of Arrarás as "superwoman/mother of three."[14] Raul Quintana's background does not fit with that image. Beyond the arrest for battering Arrarás, he has been involved with a high profile lawsuit with the Fisher Island Condo Association regarding the shooting of a pornographic film[15] and was charged by the FBI in April, 2015 with mortgage fraud and is currently in custody in Miami.[16]

Over the years Arrarás has interviewed many presidents and other people of note, including Yolanda Saldívar, the woman convicted of murdering Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.[17]


Arrarás is also an investigative reporter and writer, and has authored several books. In her book, Selena‘s Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death (released in Spanish as El Secreto De Selena: La Reveladora Historia Detrás De Su Trágica Muerte) she describes how she investigated the events surrounding the death of singer Selena Quintanilla.[17][18]

In 2007, Arrarás also wrote a book The Magic Cane, published in Spanish as El Bastón Mágico.[19][20] The book made for children from the ages of four to eight features brightly colored comic book style illustrations that will appeal to readers providing a modern touch for an old-fashioned type of storytelling.

In 2009, Arrarás published her latest book Make Your Life Prime Time: How to Have It All Without Losing Your Soul, published in Spanish as Vive Tu Vida Al Rojo Vivo: Secretos Para Triunfar En Todo.[21][22] The award-winning journalist shares advice through personal reflections and a series of anecdotes that will serve all those who read it as a compass to navigate the world.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Arrarás, who has been married three times, is the daughter of José Enrique Arrarás and is one of seven children.[21] Her siblings include Astrid, José Enrique, Jr., Patricia, Gabriel Enrique, Enrique Antonio and Isabel Celeste Arrarás.[2]

Arrarás, who married to Raul Quintana on in 2012,[24] currently lives in Miami with her three children. She has two children by her former husband Manny Arvesu (Julian and Lara Giuiliana).[4] She was one of the first Latina celebrities to adopt a child from an orphanage in Eastern Europe, when she and Manny Arvesu adopted a one-year-old Russian boy in 2000. They changed his name from Vadim to Adrian.

Arraras has been the victim of various hoaxes, including one in which her death was claimed by online media and also announced on different media on many countries on May, 2015.[25]

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  1. ^ "Al Día, VIP". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "JAIME BAYLY ENTREVISTA A MARIA CELESTE ARRARAS VOL 1 MEGA TV EXCLUSIVA". 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ "María Celeste Arrarás - El Rinconcito Sexy". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Find the work you love by María Celeste Arrarás". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "María Celeste Arrarás firma acuerdo de divorcio" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Maria Celeste Arrarás: Talk Show Divas Go Head To Head On Telemundo". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Maria Celeste Arrarás is newest Hispanic Milk Mustache Celebrity - Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations website and podcast | Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations website and podcast". 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Latina TV host Celeste stars in own abuse saga". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  11. ^ "Maria Celeste Arraras Takes Back Words on 911 Call". Latin Gossip. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Raul Quintana, La Ex Pareja De Maria Celeste Arraras, Salio Libre De Cargos Por Violencia Domestica". Infraganti Magazine. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Fotografías de María Celeste Arrarás con su futuro marido - Univision Foros | Forums - 445352324". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive Interview: TV’s Maria Celeste". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  15. ^ Garcia, Gus (2009-12-17). "Golf porn on ritzy Fisher Island". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  16. ^ "FBI — Six Individuals Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  17. ^ a b Arrarás, Maria Celeste (1997). Selena’s Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death. Simon & Schuster. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-684-83193-0. 
  18. ^ Arrarás, Maria Celeste (1997). El Secreto De Selena: La Reveladora Historia Detras De Su Trajica Muerte. Simon & Schuster. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-684-83135-0. 
  19. ^ Arrarás, Maria Celeste; Chuckry, Chris (2007). The Magic Cane. Scholastic Inc. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-439-57419-8. 
  20. ^ Arrarás, Maria Celeste; Chuckry, Chris (2008). bastón mágico. Scholastic Inc. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-545-00532-6. 
  21. ^ a b Arrarás, Maria Celeste (2009). Make Your Life Prime Time: How to Have It All Without Losing Your Soul. Simon & Schuster. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-4165-8581-7. 
  22. ^ Arrarás, Maria Celeste (2009). Vive Tu Vida Al Rojo Vivo: Secretos Para Triunfar En Todo. Simon & Schuster. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-4391-0188-9. 
  23. ^ [2][dead link]
  24. ^ "SuperXclusivo 5/21/12 - María Celeste Arrarás vuelve con su futuro marido Raúl Quintana 2/2". 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  25. ^ "Maria Celeste Arraras Not Dead (DETAILS) ‹". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 

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