Born and raised in South Florida (on Dec 3) of Cuban parents, Francesca Cruz began her entertainment career at the age of 12, studying theater, dance and later becoming a successful model. By 14, she had become the model host of Telemundo’s celebrity game show, La Feria de la Alegria. By the age of 19, Francesca was co-hosting the hip and avant music video program Onda Max, aired internationally by the Univision Network. With it came the opportunity to interview famed Hispanic artists Selena, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira.
Francesca then went on to become the youngest entertainment reporter on Telemundo’s highly acclaimed and Emmy award winning news show Occurio Asi. Opportunity then came knocking in the form of a big budget Hollywood movie, with acclaimed director Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Closer, Charlie Wilson’s War) and actors Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
For her participation in the film The Birdcage she was awarded the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Cast Member in 1997.
She has acted in productions such as Arli$$, South Beach, Los Teens, Lente Loco and Control.
After working on television, she transferred her writing and production skills to print media where she was part of the creation and development of two national bi-monthly magazines, simultaneously published in English and Spanish. In her capacity as Production Director and later Managing Editor of another bi-monthly, Nueva Magazine, she interviewed top Hispanic talent.
She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism and English Literature from the Florida International University, studied Art and Art History courses at La Sorbonne University of Paris, and moved to Mexico City in 2003 to pursue her Masters degree in Anthropology under the respected program of el Museo Nacional de Antropología (on going).
Francesca has had the opportunity to interview Arianna Huffington, Diane Rehm, Pete Hamill, Donna Karan, Salma Hayek, Carolina Herrera, and Isabel Allende.
Her work has been published in Home & Design, Florida InsideOut, Nueva, Ventitantos, The Miami Herald, Coral Gables Living, Ocean Drive. Presently she is the Senior Editor and Travel Writer for Brickell Magazine and Key Biscayne Magazine. As well as the Travel Writer for QH Magazine.