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Delia Fiallo: the Cuban writer and screenwriter, “mother of the Latin American soap opera”, dies at 96

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Delia Fiallo

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Delia Fiallo would have turned 97 on July 4.

Cuban author Delia Fiallo, known as the “mother of the Latin American soap opera” because of the many highly successful radio and soap operas she wrote, died in Coral Gables, Miami, at the age of 96, her family reported Tuesday.

“She died in peace and surrounded by her loved ones,” one of the famous screenwriter’s sons told the Televisa channel, without giving further details.

Venezuelan actress Lupita Ferrer later confirmed the news.

Fiallo, who would have turned 97 on July 4, rose to international fame with soap operas such as “Crystal”, “Topaz”, “The Privilege of Loving” or “Emerald”, which in the 70s and 80s triumphed on televisions in Latin America and Spain, and also captivated a global audience.

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