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Bolocco was born in Santiago, Chile to father Enzo Bolocco, a businessman, and mother Rose Marie Fonck. Siblings include, Juan Pablo, Verónica, Diana and Rodrigo (deceased).
Bolocco attended primary and secondary school at the Santiago College school. She took a year of Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile before dropping out to pursue Costume Design at Incacea Institute.
She was chosen Miss Chile for Miss Universe on April 20, 1987. She won the Miss Universe beauty contest on May 26, 1987, the first Chilean in doing so. During her year-long reign, she settled in Los Angeles, California.
She began a television career in Chile with the show Porque hoy es sábado (Because it's Saturday) on National Television . She then co-hosted Martes 13 (Tuesday the 13th) on Channel 13.
Bolocco moved to Miami, Florida to work as anchor-woman for the Spanish section at CNN on June, 1990. Then, on Telemundo, where she hosted the show La buena vida (The Good Life), Ocurrió así (The Way It Happened) and Esta noche con Cecilia Bolocco (Tonight With Cecilia Bolocco), for which she won two Emmy awards.
Around the mid-90's she ended her relationship with husband Michael Young. The marriage was annuled, because no divorce law existed in Chile at the time.
She co-hosted the closing night of the 36th Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar on February, 1995, in Chile.
In October, 1996, already separated, she took the job as co-host in one of the shows with the highest ratings in Chilean television history, Viva el lunes (Long Live Monday), along Kike Morandé and comedian Álvaro Salas. At the same time, she had a radio show and appeared in her own television show, La noche de Cecilia (The Night of Cecilia).
In February, 2000, she became an established hostess for the Viña del Mar Festival, with partner and long time host Antonio Vodanovic . During this time she was romantically linked with former Viva el lunes partner Kike Morandé and songwriter Keko Yungue.
By July of 2000 there were rumors in the press that she and former Argentine president Carlos Menem, whom she met while interviewing at the Casa Rosada presidential house in Argentina, were dating. She married 70 year-old Menem on May 26, 2001 in La Rioja, Argentina, to a full crowd.
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