It was one of the representative faces of the birth of RTVE and an essential name in the history of the small and big screen in Spain. The actress and presenter Laura Valenzuela He died this Wednesday in Madrid at the age of 92, sad news that mourns the world of culture and entertainment.
Born in Seville in 1931, Laura Espinosa Lopez-Cepero, Better known as Laura Valenzuela, she moved to Madrid with her parents when she was one year old, and in this city she later completed her studies at the Central School of Commerce, which opened doors for her to work in administrative work before leaving. make yourself known
Two decades of cinema
He made his leap to the cinema in 1954 with his role in The fisherman of couplets, movie they came after The Tenant, The Violet and Those cuplé times and about thirty more titles. It was the film producer José Luis Dibildos, who after her would be her husband and the father of her daughter Laura, who motivated her to continue her career as an actress.
With the movie Spanish in Paris got the award for Best Actress awarded by the Cinematographic Writers Circle Medals, an award that is added to other recognitions, such as the Osa Award, the TP de Oro, the Community of Madrid Award for a lifetime of cinema or the Iris Award for his professional career.
A television icon
Parallel to her film career, the also model was one of the pillars of public television in 1956, when she combined her role as a presenter with commercials.
In this area he worked directing programs such as We count on you either Galas on Saturday, along with Joaquín Prat, with whom he was one of the most famous television couples. In 1969 she was in charge of broadcasting the 14th Eurovision Song Contest throughout Europe. She then put herself in charge of Song 71, program after which retired from the professional field upon marriage with Dibildos in 1971.
He returned to television almost two decades after to present on Telecinco TV 5 tell me? and then drove nap is over, Take a break, The mornings of Tele 5 with José María Íñigo and My dear Spain. Likewise, he returned to RTVE in 1996 with Mornings of First, space that he presented together with his daughter Lara. Ten years later, she returned to the public channel to present the TVE 50th Anniversary Gala at the hands of Anne Igartiburu and Paula Vázquez.
The actress She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 70. reason why he underwent surgery in Houston. He found out after a bra he had been given caused him discomfort.
Some time ago, the person who suffered from this disease was his daughter Lara, who at the age of 20 had to be treated for papillary thyroid cancer. They were very hard moments for both of them in which, once again, They proved to be very close.
Back then, Valenzuela enjoyed spending time with his family. In fact, in 2012 she starred in her last appearance to collect on La 2 the award that was given to her by the Television Academy for her professional career. Thereafter, she disappeared. After more than 50 years in front of the camera, he decided to cling to his family and enjoy a full, calm life surrounded by good company.