Alina María Hernandez, Cuban-American transsexual actress, Died at 46

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Alina María Hernández was born Alberto, on November 12,1970, and died on October 8, 2016.

She was better known in the entertainment world as Cachita.

She was a Cuban transsexual television actress.

She debuted on television as a participant in a singing contest at Don Francisco’s Sábado Gigante (“Gigantic Saturday”) show, on Univision. After winning the contest, Alina used the 500 US dollars she earned to buy a car. She was still a struggling actor when she found work at Univision’s El Gordo y la Flaca show, in 1998.

There, the actress became friends with co-hosts Raúl De Molina, Lili Estefan and Marta Rodriguez. Guest entertainers often told her that she looked much like Estefan.

She admitted, in an Internet interview, that she had sex change surgery, becoming female.

Alina told her fans that she had always felt she had a female mind and was trapped in a male body.

Alina María Hernandez also admitted wearing a blond wig; her normal hair color was dark.

Her last medical step towards her becoming a female came in late November 2005, when TVNotas, a magazine she worked for, paid for her sex-change surgery.

She was famous among Univision TV viewers for her entrances to the El Gordo y la Flaca show: She always fell to the floor when she entered the studio.

Because the show consists mainly of gossiping, Cachita was often brought in to talk about scandals; such was the case when she intervened on the show the Monday after Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Alina María Hernandez passed away at 46 years old.

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