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This profile was last updated on 3/15/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Director

Instituto Nacional de Cultura
 
Background

Employment History

  • Attorney

Education

  • degrees , Law and Political Science
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Web References
The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo
gosouthamerica.about.com, 15 Mar 2006 [cached]
The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo
TV host, feminist, activist
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At the beginning of the show, Laura appears and announces the theme, always involving relationships, domestic and sexual abuse, infidelity, teenage pregnancies, prostituion, homosexuality, physical handicaps, addictions, illness and other human problems. Laura is definite in her opinions. She is a feminist and activist: pro-woman, pro-motherhood and fiercely protective of children. Her guests come to her for help with difficult issues. Millions of people watch her show and write her with encouragement and for advice. She is called señorita, Laura, Laurita and viewers know how she regards her guests by her greeting. For some she rises from her chair and shares a kiss on the cheek and a hug, the abrazo. Others she greets coolly and waves them to a seat.
After the initial chat, Laura brings on the others involved in the story. It can get complicated with multiple relationships and hidden associations. She is not shy about revealing sins and peccadillos. With investigators and a film crew with hidden cameras, she’s got the backstory and often incriminating evidence on one or more of her guests. She is always supportive of mothers and children and comes down hard on parents who abandon their responsibilities. Quite often, a guest, male or female, will be led away to be charged at the local police station with one or more offenses.
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Laura, of Italian descent, tall, slender, elegant and palely blonde, is a total contrast to her guests, poor and mostly under-educated Peruvians who live in difficult circumstances. Wearing designer clothes and high heels, her hair and makeup always just so, Laura towers over some of her guests whose facial features and skin color demonstrate their ethnic backgrounds. Laura founded and maintained a social charity through which she assists her guests with continuing education, jobs, medical, legal and psychological help. She gives children and teenagers scholarship money, medical care and shelters them from abusive family situations. She oversees pregnancies, helps adults find work, often presents a followup to a particularly successful case story. The show while filmed at a studio in Lima, is not shown on Peruvian television. Laura makes her home in the same studio as the set.
Why?
Laura Bozzo studied law in Lima, and received degrees in Law and Political Science. She taught constitutional law, states rights, penal law and other courses in various universities before being named the Director of the Instituto Nacional de Cultura where She organized a number of projects dealing with Peruvian cultural heritage. In 1993, she was elected regidora, or alderman, for metropolitan Lima. She was responsible for social legislation where she became intimately aware of the problems of poor Peruvian women.
Following an appearance on television, she was invited to host a series of political interviews and so started her career in television. She went on to host other shows, earning high ratings which led to Laura en America, the foremother of her current show.
Influenced by Eva Perón, Laura formed the Instituto Nacional de Cultura in 1998 as a charitable foundation to not only assist the guests on her show, but thousands of others with legal, medical and psychological help in Peru and other Latin American nations.
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After Fujimori left Peru, Laura was accused of helping Montesinos steal public money.
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The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo
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The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo
Travel Articles About Peru
gosouthamerica.about.com, 15 Mar 2006 [cached]
The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo Laura, presents a puzzling case. Her show is taped from the studio in Lima where she lives under house arrest for alleged complicity in a political scandal and is not shown on Peruvian TV. An attorney, Laura Bozzo demands a trial to demonstrate her innocence while millions of her fans write supporting emails. Guilty or innocent?
III. The Formats and the Personalities | Ellen Hume
www.ellenhume.com, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
A Peruvian show,Laura in America, hosted by attorney Laura Bozzo, specialized in physical battles and insults.
About.com South America Travel: Most Popular Articles
gosouthamerica.about.com, 12 Dec 2007 [cached]
Doctora Laura Bozzo, host of the wildly popular Peruvian talk show, Laura, presents a puzzling case.
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An attorney, Laura Bozzo demands a trial to demonstrate her innocence while millions of her fans write supporting emails. Guilty or innocent?
Sun-Sentinel: News Nation World
www.sun-sentinel.com, 18 Jan 2003 [cached]
LIMA, Peru · Laura Bozzo, the Jerry Springer of Spanish-language television, loves other people's dirty laundry.
She pries into the intimate lives of her guests, unmasks adulterous husbands and looks on sternly when fistfights break out."I judge, I sanction, I punish.I'm brutally frank," she says.
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Prosecutors say that Vladimiro Montesinos, the de facto head of Fujimori's secret police, had presented the expensive jewelry to Bozzo.
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Bozzo, an attorney, scoffs at the rumors of an affair, says her father gave her the necklace and denies the corruption charges.
She says her support of Fujimori was born of conviction, not bribery.
Bozzo's show, Laura, once the most popular television program in Peru, is no longer on the air in Peru.It was pulled in December 2002 as broadcasters and advertisers shunned it in the aftermath of the Fujimori scandal.She is living in the studio where she tapes her program for Telemundo under house arrest while she awaits trial.
These days, Bozzo, who once lived luxuriously in Miami, sleeps on a mattress on the floor in a makeshift apartment carved out of her dressing room and closet in the TV studio.
Telemundo is standing by its star.
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Vargas Valdivia is collecting evidence against Bozzo.
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The prosecution also has tapes of executives at Peru's biggest TV networks, including America TV, which broadcast Laura, cutting deals to give the government final say over the contents of their shows in exchange for money.However, no Vladivideo has surfaced to prove Bozzo ever received money.
Bozzo is subject to a gag order by an investigative judge and can't talk about the case.
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Bozzo says she wants nothing further to do with politics.
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