Ana María Polo is a Cuban-American lawyer and TV personality, best known as the arbiter of Telemundo’s popular reality television show “Caso Cerrado”.
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Early life, family, educational background
Ana María Polo González was born on 11 April 1959, in Havana, Cuba, the oldest daughter of Joaquin Polo and Delia Polo. In 1962 her family moved to Miami, Florida USA, and later to Puerto Rico US, where she obtained her elementary education and high school diploma. She also attended Academia Del Perpetuo Socorro, and participated in various musicals in Puerto Rico, such as “Godspell” and “Show Boat”.
She was also a part of the chorus Jubilee, which was invited by Pope Paul VI to sing in the celebration of the 1975 Holy Year. After graduating from Florida International University with a degree in political science, Polo enrolled into the University of Miami, obtaining a Juris Doctorate in law in 1987.
Upon graduation, Polo became a member of Florida Bar and began exercising her profession in Miami-Dade County, working as a family mediator in various cases, ranging from divorce, adoptions and custodies to domestic violence. She also worked for the law firm, Emmanuel Perez & Associates, P.A. in Coral Gables, Florida.
Since 2001 she has served as the arbiter in the reality TV series “Caso Cerrado”, a popular show which has played a major role in influencing her fame. In addition, Polo has also served as a family lawyer expert for other TV shows, such as “Maria Laria Talk Show”, “Despierta America”, “El Show de Cristina” and “America en Vivo”, and worked on the CMQ Angel Martin radial show. She’s also written articles on various family issues for the electronic magazine Obsidiana.com.
In 2010, she launched “Persiguiendo Injusticias” (Pursuing Injustices), a new program on Hispanic television working on solving ‘cold case’ crimes. The same year, she published her first book, “Querida Dra. Polo Las Cartas Secretas de Caso Cerrado” (“Dear Dr. Polo: The Secret Letters of Case Closed”), based on the letters sent to her by viewers. The book saw great commercial success.
Polo has been honored with several awards, including the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award honoring organizations and individuals related to the communications industry demonstrating a humanitarian commitment.
As a breast cancer survivor who has worked with organizations attempting to find a cure for cancer, she was named the first Hispanic ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer.
She has also been involved in fighting for human rights and against discrimination, being listed as one of the most influential Hispanic personalities in the world, which led her to be invited by the Human Rights Organization to take part in their Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign in 2014.
The popular show began airing on 2 April 2001 on the Spanish-language network Telemundo under the name “Sala de Parejas” (Couple’s Court). It dealt with arbitration of marital issues between litigants, with Polo serving as the host, i.e. the arbiter. In 2005, when the show expanded to deal with other cases outside the domestic sphere, it was renamed to “Caso Cerrado” (Case Closed”). From then on, the half-hour show has dealt with settling various family disputes, in which Polo usually takes up to two cases and serves as an arbiter for people discussing all kind of marital issues, trying to solve their disputes, and at the end of the show she provides them with a solution.
Prior to appearing in the show, the litigants are required to sign contracts to agree that they will comply with Polo’s decision. Aside from hosting the show, Polo also composed and interpreted its theme song.
“Caso Cerrado” has become one of the highest-rated shows on Telemundo, and Polo has won over the hearts of viewers as she has maintained a great connection with the Hispanic community from all around the world. During an interview, she said: ‘I love doing “Caso Cerrado”, especially because through all these years it has given me a very unique connection with the Hispanic audience that I would like to keep for as long as I can’. It is the first Spanish language program nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award.
Mañana empiezo a grabar el Programa en inglés, para FOX, pero seguimos con Caso Cerrado por Telemundo pic.twitter.com/gt7Fv252kl
— Ana Maria Polo (@AnaPoloTV) June 26, 2017
During 2017, the show aired on Fox TV Stations in Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix, as well as nationally via Facebook Live.
According to sources, when Polo was 19, she married a man 10 years older than her. His identity is unknown to the media, however, the marriage eventually ended in divorce soon after they lost a baby. She has not remarried, but has a son named Peter, whom she reportedly adopted and raised alone, and the details of whom haven’t been disclosed to the media.
In 2003, Polo was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, which resulted in the loss of her ovaries, her right breast and the thyroid gland. She has since been involved in holding speeches and fundraisers for research into cancer.
Speaking about her relationship status, Polo made headlines after a report appeared in a Mexican tabloid magazine, claiming that she is in a relationship with her personal assistant and executive producer of “Caso Cerrado”, Marlene Kay. Several photos of Polo and Kay appeared in the media and news was spread that the couple has been in a relationship for more than 25 years.
Then, sources claimed that Kay had filed a lawsuit for more than $2 million against Polo in 2018. Reportedly, during the time when Polo thought that she wouldn’t survive cancer, she decided to give the name of the show to Kay. However, as she survived, she started to use the name of the show, which led Kay to file a lawsuit against her for using the name illegally and withdrawing more than half a million from their joint account. All this, however, has never been confirmed by Polo. She has never opened up about her sexuality, nor has she ever confirmed her relationship with Kay.
Buen dia, feliz Jueves para todos ustedes…Como todos saben soy una gran defensora de los animales, recuerda siempre…
Polo is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 141 lbs (64kg) – her other body measurements are not known to sources. Her hair and eyes are brown
According to authoritative sources, Polo has a net worth of approximately $1.4 million as of early 2020, with most of her wealth coming from her career in law and her involvement in the “Caso Cerrado” show. Her annual income is estimated at $350,000.