Silvia Lemus

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Silvia Lemus de Fuentes is a journalist and host of the interview television programme Tratos y Retratos. She is the widow of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. Galician in origin, Silvia is strongly attached to Mexico and has been known to promote the country abroad, first as Ambassadress of Mexico to France and the United States with her husband.

Together, Carlos and Silvia had two children, Carlos and Natasha, deceased aged 25 and 30. Silvia and her husband then founded the "Carlos y Natasha Fuentes Lemus Foundation".[1] They now live in London, but spend part of the year traveling between New York, Mexico and Europe.

Silvia gained recognition when she started Tratos y Retratos; Beyond the fame, there is a human being,[2] an internationally acclaimed television show in which she interviews her friends and other famous artists and intellectuals. Amongst the interviewees are Anthony Quinn, Carlos Montemayor, Henry Kissinger, José Saramago, Salman Rushdie, Fernando Botero, Susan Sontag, Toni Morrison, Steven Spielberg, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Allende and Mia Farrow, as well as her husband's long-time friend Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There are 52 programs in all, traveling through the diversity of peoples, geographies, scenarios, periods, times and cultures.[2]

Silvia is commonly seen in tabloid publications in the company of celebrated figures,[3] such as King Juan Carlos of Spain and Hillary Clinton. More recently she was seen at the wedding of HRH The Crown Prince Felipe of Spain.[4]

On May 15, 2012, Carlos Fuentes died in Angeles del Pedregal hospital in southern Mexico City from a massive haemorrhage.[5] He received a state funeral the following day.[6]


  1. ^ "Portal de Registro y Autentificación El Mercurio". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b "City University Television » Tratos y Retratos » Antonio Banderas (Actor Español), (Pt. 1 of 2)". Cuny Tv. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Summer Soirees". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  4. ^ REMOFC05 (2004-05-24). "Enlace matrimonial de Su Alteza Real el Príncipe de Asturias con Doña Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Carlos Fuentes, prolific Mexican novelist, essayist, dies at 83; mourned around globe". The Washington Post. Associated Press. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gaby Wood (May 17, 2012). "Presidents and Nobel winners honour Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 17, 2012.