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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1963Santa Clara, Cuba
Birth NameArnely Alvarez
Nicknames Cuban Missile
Tropical Tycoon

Mini Bio (1)

Nely Galán was born Arnely Alvarez in Santa Clara in Cuba's central province (the last name Galán comes from the husband she married and divorced as a young woman.) Her parents moved to Teaneck, NJ in 1965 when she was 2 years old which became home. During high school Nely submitted an article to Seventeen magazine which was so impressive she was asked to be a guest editor and this eventually led to a permanent position. By 22, she was the youngest radio station manager in the US, managing the Spanish language WNJU channel 47. Later, while working at Time Warner and HBO, she co-developed the production company Tropix geared to putting Latino actors in the public eye. Nely founded GaLAn Entertainment in 1994 of which she is president and CEO. GaLAn is a Venice California based production and marketing firm which focuses on creating "crossover" Latino programming for prime-time. Besides her own company, by 1999 at the young age of 36, Nely was President of Entertainment for Telemundo, the international Spanish-language network. Among her many accomplishments is producing the series of comedy specials called "Loco Slam" in the early '90s and later the "Bravo Awards," which honors achievements of Latinos in entertainment, and helping create and launch the Fox Latin American Channel, the Fox Kids Network in Latin America, and Fox Sports Américas.

Nely recently received the National Hispanic Leadership Fellowship from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She and Paul Rodriguez have a son Lucas who was born in 2000. It was the break up of their relationship that made Nely think of creating The Swan (2004) so she could feel lift her spirits and help other women have the same opportunity for cosmetic surgery and complete makeovers inside and out normally only available to the very rich, particularly actresses and models.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Slinkybinky (Ava-Alexandra Marisól Peeples)

Spouse (1)

Hector Galán (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Named one of the "the most powerful young executives in Hollywood" by Entertainment Weekly
Dated comedian Paul Rodriguez, with whom she had a son, Lucas, born in 2000. She and Rodriguez are no longer a couple.
As a child, her favorite TV shows were The Brady Bunch (1969) and The Partridge Family (1970).
Her show, The Swan (2004) provides cosmetic surgery to self-described "ugly duckings" to help them boost their self esteem. Galan has never had cosmetic surgery but isn't against it for herself, if she should ever decide to do so.
Wrote an article for Seventeen magazine entitled, "Who Says Christie Brinkley is Beautiful?" It questioned the notions that only blond hair and blue eyes are beautiful which at the time, in the 1970s, was the general idea. However, years later, Galan's TV show The Swan (2004) did lighten or bleach a few of its contestants' hair to make them "beautiful" but this was done because the contestant herself requested it; being blond or blonder is what the contestant felt was best for her own concept of beauty.
Her parents, Arsenio and Nelinda, combined their names to create a name for their daughter: Arnely. She hated it, so she used "Nely", a shortened version of the name.
"People en Espanol" magazine selected her as "One of the 50 Most Beautiful People" for 2004.
Received a Master in clinical psychology [Interview on "The View" on July 11, 2013].

Personal Quotes (6)

Cosmetic surgery is maintenance. It should be filed under maintenance. If you painted your house seven years ago and the paint is chipping, would you not paint it again?
I think Spanglish is the future. I speak English perfectly. I speak Spanish perfectly, and I choose to speak both simultaneously. How cool is that?
I've always felt, watching celebrities, that if I had a chef like Oprah Winfrey, if I could have lipo after a baby and if I could get therapy every week, I'd feel better about myself, too. I thought, 'Why not do a show that gives women those possibilities?
Latinos in the entertainment business need to learn a very Cuban lesson....we Cubans don't whine
When I see a normal pageant like Miss USA, that's demoralizing because I can never aspire to that since I wasn't born beautiful. If I see Miss USA, I'm a short girl, I don't feel happy watching that. If I watch The Swan and I'm overweight and sitting at home and feeling like the pits, I'm inspired because anybody can be a Swan.
On cosmetic surgery although Galan herself as of yet has never had it: I'm very pro-plastic surgery with the people who want it done. If something bothers you, why in God's name would you not fix it, and walk around with a complex the rest of your life?

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