Esmeralda Santiago is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known for her novels and memoirs.
Santiago was born on May 17, 1948 in the San Juan district of Villa Palmeras, Santurce, Puerto Rico. During her early life her family moved from the city, to the countryside, and vice versa. During those times they dealt with poverty. In 1961, she moved to the United States when she was thirteen years old and the eldest in a family that included eleven children. Santiago attended a junior high school in Brooklyn, and went on to attend New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. She eventually met Frank Cantor and married him.
The couple founded CANTOMEDIA, a film and media production company, which has won numerous awards for excellence in documentaries. Santiago currently lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband.
Her writing career evolved from her work as a writer of documentary and educational films. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in national newspapers including the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and on mass market magazines like House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, and Good Housekeeping...
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