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Hope Portocarrero Debayle

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, United States
Death: October 5, 1991 (62)
Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nestor Augusto Portocarrero Gross and Blanca Debayle Sacasa
Wife of <private> Baldochie
Ex-wife of Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle, Presidente de Nicaragua
Mother of <private> Somoza Portocarrero; Julio Somoza Portocarrero; <private> Somoza Portocarrero; <private> Somoza Portocarrero and <private> Somoza Portocarrero
Sister of <private> Portocarrero Debayle

Occupation: First Lady Of Nicaragua
Managed by: Patricia Duque Estrada Sacasa
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About Hope Portocarrero Debayle


Hope Portocarrero Debayle (1929 – 5 October 1991) was the First Lady of Nicaragua, the wife of dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle and mother of Anastasio Somoza Portocarrero. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1968.

Early life

Born in Tampa, Florida, she was the daughter of Dr. Nestor Portocarrero Gross and Blanca Debayle Sacasa de Portocarrero. She and her brother, Nestor, were the only two children produced by their marriage.

She was of Spanish, French and German descent. Her grandfather was Dr. Luis Henri Debayle Pallais, good friend of Rubén Darío, married to Casimira Sacasa Sacasa. Her great-grandfather was Roberto Sacasa Sarria, former President of Nicaragua. The Debayles and Portocarreros were among Nicaragua's wealthiest families.

She spoke fluent English, Italian, Spanish, and French and had an appreciation for Art and culture. After 1943, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she often spent time with her cousin Lillian Sevilla-Sacasa (née Somoza). She later attended Barnard College in New York City.


Portocarrero and her cousin Anastasio Somoza Debayle were married on 10 December 1950 in Managua's Cathedral in by Archbishop Jose Antonio Lezcano. Over 4,000 guests attended the ceremony. The reception was given by President Anastasio Somoza García in the luxurious and modern Palacio de Comunicaciones. They traveled to South America for their honeymoon.

Hope and Anastasio had five children: Anastasio, Julio, Carolina, Carla, and Roberto.

First Lady of Nicaragua

In 1967 she became the First Lady of Nicaragua and was covered in the media for her fashionable wardrobe. She served as a hostess for many state visits, among them former U.S. President Richard Nixon and former Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

She was also president of the Junta Nacional de Asistencia y Previsión Social (National Social Security). She created the National Cultural Center, The General Archives of the National Library, National Conservatory of Music, National School of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes), National Museum and Plurar Gallery. Her biggest legacies were the constructions of Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío (The National Theater of Nicaragua), the Children's Hospital, a clinic for Nicaraguan women and a Center for Orphans "The Hope".

In December 1969 there was a gala of the Ruben Dario Theater, named after the native son who became one of the world's foremost Spanish language poets. Construction of the large, columned edifice was on the shores of Lake Managua, a short distance from the National Palace.

Final years

Due to ongoing marital strife, Anastasio commenced a relationship with a mistress, Dinorah Sampson. Hope later relocated to London, and by the late 1970s, she divorced Somoza and married Archie Baldocchi, a wealthy Italian American businessman. She died of cancer in Miami on 5 October 1991.

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Hope Portocarrero Debayle's Timeline

June 28, 1929
Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, United States
October 5, 1991
Age 62
Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States