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Peru is the one-stop destination for travellers who like it all in their single holiday - spectacular scenery, glowing sunsets, sophisticated culture, wildest landscape, oldest civilization and finest and urbane construction. From the snow-capped Andean peaks to the deep Amazon rainforests, from the deeply-guarded traditions to the bustling urbane nightlife, Peru offers everyone a never-experienced-before dream vacation. But know that it is but a side of Peru - the country has been home to numerous renowned musicians, sports stars, actors, scientists, authors who have contributed through their personal endeavours. Prominent Peruvian sports personnel include Paolo Guerrero, Nolberto Solano, Cecilia Tait, Juan Manuel Vargas, Kina Malpartida and so on. This apart, Peru has been the address of other internationally famous Peruvians such as Oscar nominated writer/director Claudia Llosa, photographer Mario Testino, surfer Sofia Mulanovich, chef and restaurateur Gaston Acurio, economists Hernando de Soto, singer Juan Diego Florez, diplomat Javier Perez de Cuellar and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Go through this segment and find out in detail about the famous Peruvians and their life. Their impressive profile and noteworthy contribution is sure to leave you spellbound.
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Nathalie Kelley
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Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima
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Juliane Koepcke
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)
Juliane Koepcke
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Juliane Koepcke is a German Peruvian mammalogist. She is well-known for being the only survivor of the Líneas Aéreas Nacionales S.A. Flight 508 plane crash; she survived ten days in the Amazon rainforest after surviving a fall of 9843 feet while strapped to her airplane seat. Her story inspired films like Miracles Still Happen (1974) and Wings of Hope (1998).
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Pilar Pallete
(Peruvian Actress and Third Wife of the Popular American Actor John Wayne)
Pilar Pallete
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Birthdate: September 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paita District, Peru

Pilar Pallete is a Peruvian actress whose professional career has been greatly overshadowed by her personal life, including her high-profile marriage to legendary American actor John Wayne. Through her marriage with John Wayne, Pallete was blessed with many grandchildren, including actress and musician Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June fame.

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Henry Ian Cusick
(Peruvian-Scottish Actor and Television Director)
Henry Ian Cusick
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Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trujillo, Peru

Henry Ian Cusick is a Peruvian-Scottish actor and television director. He is best known for playing Desmond David Hume in the popular ABC television series Lost. Henry Ian Cusick received a nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Desmond Hume.

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Mario Vargas Llosa
(Latin America's Most Significant Novelist and Essayist and Winner of 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Mario Vargas Llosa
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arequipa, Peru
In March 2020, Chinese e-book platforms virtually banned Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa after he suggested that China was largely responsible for the origin of the COVID-19 virus. One of Latin American’s most respected authors, he has penned bestsellers such as The Feast of the Goat.
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Paolo Guerrero
(Peruvian footballer)
Paolo Guerrero
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima
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Yma Súmac
(American-Peruvian soprano)
Yma Súmac
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: November 1, 2008
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Lina Medina
(World's Youngest Mother)
Lina Medina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huancavelica Region, Peru

Lina Medina is a Peruvian woman who gained international recognition when she gave birth to a baby boy at the age of five, becoming the youngest confirmed mother. According to medical reports, she had undergone precocious puberty, due to which she had fully mature sexual organs, at the age five, and experienced her first menstrual cycle at eight months of age.

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Atahualpa
(Last Inca Emperor)
Atahualpa
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Birthdate: 1502 AD
Birthplace: Inca Empire
Died: July 26, 1533

Atahualpa was the last Inca Emperor. He reigned for a short time between 1532 and 1533 before the Spanish conquest ended his reign. The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa and killed him after a while. Even though many brave warriors led the Inca resistance against the invading Spaniards, they could not stop the empire from disintegrating.

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Alberto Fujimori
(Former President of Peru)
Alberto Fujimori
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima

Alberto Fujimori is a Peruvian politician who served as the President of Peru from 1990 to 2000. He is a controversial figure accused of several charges of human rights abuses and corruption. He has also been proclaimed guilty of murder, causing bodily harm, and kidnapping. In 2009, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Túpac Amaru II
(Revolutionary)
Túpac Amaru II
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1738
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surimana-Canas, Cuzco, Viceroyalty of Peru
Died: May 18, 1781

Túpac Amaru II  was the leader of a large Andean uprising against the Spanish in Peru. His wife was also a revolutionary and played a key role in the uprising. They were both captured, tortured, and put to death by the Spaniards. Following his death, he became known as a mythical figure in the Peruvian struggle for independence. 

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Jefferson Farfán
(Football player - Winger)
Jefferson Farfán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Rose of Lima
(Patron Saint of Peru and South America)
Rose of Lima
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 20, 1586
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: August 24, 1617

Rose of Lima is revered as the patron saint of Peru. Legend has it that she had chopped off her hair and damaged her skin to avoid getting married. A member of the Dominican Order, she was the first from the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

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Claudio Pizarro
(Football player)
Claudio Pizarro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Callao District, Peru
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Keiko Fujimori
(Peruvian Politician and Popular Force Leader Who Is the Daughter of Former President Alberto Fujimori)
Keiko Fujimori
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

The daughter of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori and politician Susana Higuchi, Keiko Fujimori is the current leader of the right-wing Peruvian party Popular Force. She has been a Member of Congress and the First Lady of Peru, too. She has been in an out of jail on charges of money laundering.

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Pachacuti
(Emperor)
Pachacuti
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Birthdate: 1418 AD
Birthplace: Cusco, Peru
Died: 1471 AD
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Abimael Guzmán
(Political Activist)
Abimael Guzmán
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arequipa, Peru
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Martin de Porres
(Christian Saint)
Martin de Porres
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1579
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: November 3, 1639

Martin de Porres was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order. He was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI. He lived an austere life and often went hungry. He abstained from meat and was said to be able to communicate with animals. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and those who seek racial harmony. 

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Stephanie Cayo
(Peruvian Actress, Songwriter, and Singer)
Stephanie Cayo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Stephanie Cayo is a Peruvian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing the female lead Paloma Velacochea in the popular telenovela, Besos robados. Stephanie Cayo has also played main roles in other popular telenovelas like La marca del deseo, El Secretario, and La hipocondríaca.        

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Claudio Puelles
(Mixed martial artist)
Claudio Puelles
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Valentina Shevchenko
(Peruvian Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Valentina Shevchenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Ollanta Humala
(President of Peru)
Ollanta Humala
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima

Ollanta Humala is a Peruvian politician whose presidency, which lasted from 2011 to 2016, was marred by several corruption scandals. Originally regarded as a left-wing nationalist and socialist, Humala founded the Peruvian Nationalist Party. Despite leading the party to success, Ollanta Humala eventually lost his popularity and was arrested in 2017 on corruption charges.

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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
(Former Prime Minister of Peru)
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: March 4, 2020

Former prime minister of Peru, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar had also been the country’s foreign relations minister and the Peruvian ambassador to many countries, such as France and Switzerland. He had also served the UN as its secretary-general. A former Club of Madrid member, he led the Union for Peru party.

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Alexis Amore
(Peruvian Feature Dancer, Pornographic Actress, and Columnist)
Alexis Amore
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Alexis Amore is a Peruvian feature dancer, pornographic actress, and columnist. Best known for appearing in lesbian pornographic films, Amore has received a couple of NightMoves Awards. In 2018, she was inducted into the Urban X Award Hall of Fame and AVN Award Hall of Fame. Alexis Amore has also contributed as a columnist for a Peruvian magazine named Oye.           

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Juan Diego Flórez
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Christian Meier
(Peruvian Singer and Actor)
Christian Meier
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Birthdate: June 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Christian Meier is a Peruvian singer and actor. Over the course of his acting career, Meier has achieved popularity in Latin America and in the Spanish speaking world. As a musician, Christian Meier achieved fame after forming an alternative-rock band named Arena Hash, where he performed as a keyboardist and occasional singer during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Alessandra de Osma
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Christian Cueva
(Peruvian footballer)
Christian Cueva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trujillo, Peru
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Susana Higuchi
(Former First Lady of Peru)
Susana Higuchi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Susana Higuchi was a Peruvian engineer and politician. She is best remembered for her role as the First Lady of Peru from 28 July 1990 to 23 August 1994. Higuchi was stripped of her title as the First Lady in 1994, when she condemned her husband Alberto Fujimori as a tyrant. Susana Higuchi divorced Fujimori in 1996.

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Renato Tapia
(Footballer)
Renato Tapia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima
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Huayna Capac
(The 3rd Sapa Inca of the Inca Empire)
Huayna Capac
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Birthdate: 1468 AD
Birthplace: Cusco, Peru
Died: 1524 AD

The Inca Empire’s 3rd Sapa Inca, Huayna Capac was the son of Topa Inca. Though he didn’t have to face any major battles initially, he grew up to be an efficient emperor who inspected the administration of all his empire’s regions. He was responsible for the improvement of roadways and built many temples too.

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Gustavo Gutiérrez
(Peruvian Catholic Theologian, Philosopher, and Dominican Priest)
Gustavo Gutiérrez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Gustavo Gutiérrez is a Peruvian Catholic theologian, philosopher, and Dominican priest. A respected theologian, Gutiérrez has served as a visiting professor in many prestigious universities in Europe and North America. Gustavo Gutiérrez has also taught at the Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, and the University of California, Berkeley among other schools.

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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
(Former President and Prime Minister of Peru)
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is a Peruvian politician, economist, and public administrator. He is best known for his service as the President of Peru from 2016 to 2018. From 2005 to 2006, Kuczynski served as the Prime Minister of Peru. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski also served as the Minister of Economy and Finance on two occasions between 2001 and 2005.

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Gastón Acurio
(Peruvian Chef and Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine)
Gastón Acurio
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: October 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Hilda Gadea
(Peruvian Communist Leader and the First Wife of Popular Marxist Revolutionary, Che Guevara)
Hilda Gadea
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Birthdate: March 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: February 11, 1974

Hilda Gadea was a Peruvian Communist leader, economist, and author. Best remembered as the first wife of popular Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, Hilda Gadea is credited with introducing Guevara to several Cuban rebels. She is also remembered for her memoir, My Life With Che. 

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Manco Capac
(The First Sapa Inca and a Leading Figure of Inca Mythology)
Manco Capac
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Birthplace: Cusco, Peru
Died: 1230 AD

A prominent figure of Inca mythology, Manco Capac was apparently the founder of the Inca Empire, and thus, the first Sapa Inca, and its first governor. Said to be the son of Sun god Inti and Moon goddess Mama Quilla, he, according to legends, established the Inca capital Cuzco.

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Laura Bozzo
(Broadcaster)
Laura Bozzo
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Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Laura Bozzo is a Peruvian talk show host renowned for hosting her popular Spanish-language talk show, Laura. The occurrence of regular fights and the discussion of the sensitive subject matter have made her shows controversial in nature. In 2008, Laura Bozzo landed in trouble when the Peruvian press discovered that some of her shows were staged for entertainment purposes.

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André Carrillo
(Peruvian footballer)
André Carrillo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Yoshimar Yotún
(Footballer)
Yoshimar Yotún
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Callao
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Nolberto Solano
(Football player)
Nolberto Solano
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Callao, Lima, Peru
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Hernando de Soto
(Peruvian Economist Known for His Work on the Informal Economy)
Hernando de Soto
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arequipa, Peru

Well-known Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto heads the Institute for Liberty and Democracy as its president. Named to Time 100 in 2004, he has also won countless awards, such as The Economist Innovation Award in 2006. He is known for his pioneering work in areas such as the informal economy and property rights.

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Raúl Ruidíaz
(Footballer)
Raúl Ruidíaz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villa María del Triunfo, Lima
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Alan Perez
(President of Peru (1985 - 1990, 2006 - 2011))
Alan Perez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: April 17, 2019

Alan García went down in history as the only member of the Peruvian Aprista Party to serve as the president of Peru. Nicknamed Peru’s JFK, he was also the youngest president of his country and served two terms. He committed suicide before he could be arrested for the Odebrecht scandal.

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Alberto Vargas
(Painter, Illustrator)
Alberto Vargas
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Birthdate: February 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arequipa
Died: December 30, 1982
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Jesús Luzardo
(Baseball player)
Jesús Luzardo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
 46 
Jaime Bayly
(Peruvian Television Personality, Journalist, and Writer)
Jaime Bayly
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Birthdate: February 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Jaime Bayly is a Peruvian television personality, journalist, and writer. An Emmy Award winner, Bayly achieved international prominence when two of his books were adapted into films. Jaime Bayly is perhaps best known for writing novels that discuss sexual freedom, politics, and friendship.

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César Vallejo
(Peruvian Poet Who is Regarded as One of the 20th Century's Greatest Poetic Innovators in Any Language)
César Vallejo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Chuco, Peru
Died: April 15, 1938

César Vallejo was a Peruvian poet, playwright, writer, and journalist. He is regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest poetic innovators in any language, although he only published two books of poetry in his entire lifetime. César Vallejo's literary career has inspired and influenced several other writers and poets like Martin Wylde Carter, Sam Shepard, and Henry Charles Bukowski.

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Flavia Laos
(Peruvian Model, Actress, Singer, and TV Host)
Flavia Laos
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Flavia Laos is a Peruvian model, actress, singer, and TV host. She achieved popularity in 2005, when she won a variety show titled Miss Pequeñita. Her popularity increased in 2007, when she started hosting another variety show titled La Hora Warner, which she hosted until 2009. Apart from appearing in variety shows, Flavia also appears in TV series and films.

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Luis Palomino
(Mixed martial Artist)
Luis Palomino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
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Cristian Benavente
(Footballer attacking midfielder position)
Cristian Benavente
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Spain