Jaime Bayly

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Jaime Bayly
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Jaime Bayly in the Miami Book Fair International 2011
Born Jaime Bayly Letts
(1965-02-19) February 19, 1965 (age 57)
Lima, Peru
Pen name The Terrible Boy, El Niño Terrible (de la Televisión)
Occupation Writer, journalist
Nationality Peruvian
Period 1983 – present
Notable awards Emmy Awards (1997, 2008, 2009)
Premio Planeta de Novela (runner-up)
Herralde Award (1997)
Spouse Silvia Nuñez del Arco (2011–present)
Sandra Masías (1993–1997)

Jaime Bayly Letts (born February 19, 1965) is a Peruvian writer, journalist and television personality.[1] He is the third of 10 children and is known as "el niño terrible" (the terrible boy).[2]

He has won the Emmy Award 3 times and 2 of his books have been adapted into international movies.

Early life

Bayly was born to an Anglo-Peruvian family of upper class. He was the first son and the second of the ten children of James Bayly Llona and his wife, Doris Letts Colmenares.

A student at Markham College, a British private school in Lima, and later at Colegio San Agustín of Lima. In his early youth he was coerced by his mother to work at daily newspaper La Prensa of Lima in order to become more responsible through a part-time job. He spent every afternoon after school working in journalism until late.

In 1982 he was accepted to the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. After studying for four years, he had to leave the university as he could not pass a mandatory subject.


His first television appearance was in 1983 during Peruvian municipal elections, interviewing candidates and politicians. Later on, he began a career as a late show host interviewing celebrities.

Bayly's first late-night show, '1990 en America', got the attention of TV audiences and critics. The following year he hosted a copy of David Letterman's Late Show called 'Que hay de nuevo?', also highly popular.[3]

During the 1990s Bayly hosted late-night shows in the United States at CBS Telenoticias Network Latin America and Telemundo for six years.

After President of Peru Alberto Fujimori sought asylum in Japan in 2001 following a ten-year term in order to avoid prosecution on charges of corruption, independent news media found itself in a better position. Bayly was able to host political program 'El Francotirador' ('The Sniper'), interviewing candidates to the 2001 presidential election. In that program, he apparently offended several personalities with his political opinions, and finally had to quit. Inspired by the experience, Bayly wrote a book, taking the title from the show. Later he resumed the program. His interviewing style is somewhat incisive, irreverent & controversial leaving him looking calm & collected but reflecting poorly on his guests.[4]

In 2006, he supported right-wing Lourdes Flores for presidency. In 2010, Bayly announced he intended to run for president in the Peruvian general election, 2011 to succeed Alan García. Later that year, he supported leftist candidate Susana Villaran in her successful campaign to become mayor of Lima. As a consequence, broadcasting company Frecuencia Latina cancelled his show.[5]

On his U.S. program which airs on the Miami-based MegaTV channel, Bayly is well known for his views which have included sharp criticism of the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez.

Run for the Presidency

Bayly returned to Peru in July 2013 for an interview hosted by Jaime de Althaus in his program of Channel N (8). In the interview, he made a statement that he will run for the Presidency under de banner of the party Popular Action. In 2011, he intended to run under various parties like the Christian People's Party. He thought once about the Peruvian Aprista Party, but only thinking that is a monarchy because Alan García is sitting there. A week later, old leaders Popular Action (Peru) agreed on Jaime Bayly candidacy for the party. But it needs to be approved by the bases of the party.


His novel No se lo Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) inspired a screenplay in 1998 directed by Francisco Lombardi starring Santiago Magill and Christian Meier. He wrote other novels, all of them on politics, sexual freedom and friendship. Several of his books contain recurring semi-autobiographical elements (e.g. bisexual cocaine using Peruvian newscaster who moves to Miami). The character for "El Cojo" is supposedly based on his father who was also crippled. His characters are often heartless, and reflect moral ambivalence, which makes it difficult to identify with them.

  • No se lo Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) (1994); film by Francisco Lombardi in 1998.
  • Fue Ayer y No Me Acuerdo (It Was Yesterday, I Don't Remember It) (1995).
  • Los Últimos Días de La Prensa (The Last Days of La Prensa) (1996).
  • La Noche es Virgen (The Night Is Virgin) (1997).
  • Yo Amo a Mi Mami (I Love My Mommy) (1999).
  • Los Amigos que Perdí (The Friends I Lost) (2000).
  • Aquí no hay Poesía (There Is No Poetry Here) (2001)
  • La Mujer de mi Hermano (My Brother's Wife) (2002), film by Ricardo de Montreuil in 2005.
  • El Huracán Lleva tu Nombre (The Hurricane Has Your Name) (2004)
  • Y de Repente, Un Ángel (Suddenly, An Angel) (2005), finalist of Premio Planeta
  • El Canalla Sentimental (The Sentimental Jerk) (2008).
  • El Cojo y el Loco (The Crippled and the Crazy) (2009).
  • Morirás Mañana: El Escritor Sale a Matar (You Will Die Tomorrow: The Writer Goes On to Kill) (2010).

See also


  1. Rohter, Larry (August 18, 1996). "Miami, the Hollywood of Latin America". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Jaime Bayly 'El niño terrible de la televisión' indaga sobre lo que sucede a su alrededor. "Tantas casas vacías"". www.elmundo.es. January 23, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Jaime Bayly bio".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Jaime Bayly in Board's".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Sus inicios políticos en la TV a los 18 años y desarrollo en política hasta enero de 2010". El Quinto Suyo. January 28, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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