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Born: December 11, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Puerto Rico Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Rio 2 (2014)
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014)
A Florida retiree hires an acerbic New York dance instructor, and the two learn how much they really share in common.
Nicky Deuce (2013)
Casa de Los Babys (2003) as Senora Munoz
Six American women travel to an unnamed South American country to adopt babies. According to local law, the women are forced to establish residency and live among the native people. The women include: a working-class Southerner who is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous; a neurotic Jewish New Yorker; a
Open House (2003) as Lydia
After her husband leaves her, a divorced mother takes in a couple of boarders and finds love once again.
Pinero (2001) as Miguel'S Mother
A non-linear telling of the chaotic true life story of the late acclaimed Puerto Rican poet-playwright-actor Miguel Pinero, who captivated New York City's cultural elite in the 1970s and 80s. His life is a study in contrasts. Pinero did time in Sing Sing for drug dealing and petty theft. However, he
Blue Moon (2000) as Maggie
At 65, the gruff, macho Frank, who's been successful in the textile business, has entered a late-midlife crisis. His wife, Maggie, urges him to retire to Florida like may of his friends, but Frank refuses. Exasperated by their constant bickering, Maggie coerces Frank into agreeing to spend a quiet (
Resurrection (1999) as Mimi
Television movie based on the 1980 film of the same name about a woman who develops healing powers after an automobile accident. Clare Walker and her husband are in an automobile accident that kills him and leaves Clare's legs paralyzed. Moments after the accident, Clare experiences a vision -- a ne
Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads, The (1999) as Rita Capkovic Landale
Ernie Landale, a longtime friend of private detective Jim Rockford, strongly resembles a wanted man identified by the media as a serial rapist. He becomes frightened and embarrassed when the town begins to accuse him of the crimes. Ernie relies on Rockford to find the actual perpetrator and clear hi
Slums of Beverly Hills, The (1998) as Belle
A personal memoir of growing up on the wrong side of the 90210 zip code - based on the true stories from "nomads of divorce," a tale about a family out of its element and a teenager on the brink of sexual discovery. The Abramowitzes of Beverly Hills provide a skewed portrait of family life in Americ
Angus (1995) as Madame Rulenska
Angus is highly intelligent, good natured and steady on the football field. Faced with peer pressure and growing pains, he deals with his problems through lively humor and a boisterous attitude. Accompanied by his amusing and geeky best friend Troy, Angus spends most of his time living in the shadow of golden boy Rick Sanford, and admiring his secret love, cheerleader Melissa Lefevre. Anchored by an eccentric family, including his mother and grandfather, Angus must find himself in a riotous search for his true high school identity.
Wharf Rat (1995) as Mom
Two brothers live on opposite sides of the law: one is a cop; the other, a crooked businessman working the waterfront. When the policeman is mysteriously murdered by his unlawful partner, his brother tries to avenge his death.
Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King (1995) as Interviewee
Profile of the life and career of actor Yul Brynner.
Cosby Mysteries, The (1994) as Angie
A retired criminologist and specialist in forensics is lured out of retirement by a detective in the New York City Police Department to help solve a complex crime.
I Like It Like That (1994) as Rosaria Linares
A young Latino woman tries to escape the stereotypical role of wife and mother by taking a job at a record company after her wayward husband is arrested for looting during a blackout.
Italian Movie (1994)
A hard-working, first generation Italian immigrant is forced to take a job as a male escort in order to pay off gambling debts and support his multi-generational family.
Age Isn't Everything (1991) as Seymour'S Mother
The story of a 25 year-old Harvard graduate who doesn't know exactly what to do with his life.
Grand Theft Hotel (1990) as Kimberly Baskin
At a jewelers' convention in the Bahamas, B.L. Stryker, Oliver, and Chief McGee try to keep a thief from stealing a priceless necklace.
High Rise (1990) as Kimberly Baskin
Detective B.L. Stryker attempts to rescue two friends taken hostage by jewel thieves. A presentation of "The ABC Saturday Mystery."
Plates (1990) as Kimberly Baskin
Detective B.L. Stryker becomes involved with a beautiful model who ocassionally denies who she really is. Meanwhile, he encounters bike-riding UFOs, a crooked car-towing service and a corrupt DEA agent. A presentation of "The ABC Saturday Mystery."
Dancer's Touch, The (1989) as Kimberly Baskin
The first of twelve television movies starring Burt Reynolds as B.L. Stryker, a retired New Orleans policeman, who moves to Florida to start a new career as a private investigator in Palm Beach, where his lifestyle and principles clash with the powers that be. He is pursued by a killer with a twiste
Auntie Sue (1989) as Kimberly
Detective B.L. Stryker's Auntie Sue has a grand but illegal plan to leave the Sunnydale Retirement Home with two close friends and take up housekeeping in an old mansion that is up for sale. She asks her nephew to make the deal with the real estate people.
Blues For Buder (1989) as Kimberly
Detective B.L. Stryker attempts to save an obnoxious schoolboy preacher from a corrupt evangelist who is after the youth's substantial trust fund.
Portrait of a Showgirl (1982) as Rosella Deleon
The life and loves of Las Vegas dancers, with Lesley Ann Warren as the recent arrival from New York, fleeing an unhappy affair; Dianne Kay as the naive newcomer, and Rita Moreno (earning an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress) as the chorus line veteran and mother hen. Tony Curtis is M
The Four Seasons (1981) as Claudia Zimmer
Three middle-aged couples who vacation together find their loyalties to one another and their marriages tested when one of the couples divorces and the husband re-marries a much younger woman.
Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980) as Lucille Pompi
Anatomy of a Seduction (1979) as Nina
A romantic drama about the love affair between a divorced woman and the college-age son of her best friend, alienating her teenage son who is just a few years younger than her lover.
Boss' Son, The (1978) as Esther
Bobby Rose starts working on the delivery vans in his father's carpet factory. Included in his new group of work friends is a driver who is suspected of stealing. When an investigation into the crime starts, Bobby finds himself in the uncomfortable position of siding with his father and against his
Ritz, The (1976) as Googie Gomez
Heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo is hiding from his murderous mobster brother-in-law in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan. There, Gaetano meets a colorful variety of characters, including aspiring entertainer Googie Gomez. Googie thinks that Gaetano is a famous producer, he thinks that she is a man in drag. Things become even more complicated when Gaetano's wife locates his hideout and believes that her husband must be gay.
Carnal Knowledge (1971) as Louise
Onetime college friends cope with the sexual revolution of the '60s.
The Night of the Following Day (1969) as Vi
Things start to go wrong for a group of criminals after they kidnap a young heiress and hold her for ransom at a beach house in France. Fighting among the co-conspirators boils over shortly after the ransom is picked up, leading to a violent end for most.
Popi (1969) as Lupe
A Puerto Rican immigrant hatches a series of zany schemes to insure his children''s future.
Marlowe (1969) as Dolores Gonzales
Detective Philip Marlowe probes the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of a woman's missing sister.
Cry of Battle (1963) as Sisa
The son of a wealthy businessman finds himself in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese in World War II.
Samar (1962) as
Summer and Smoke (1961) as Rosa Zacharias
A small-town spinster''''s repressed love for the local rebel spells danger.
West Side Story (1961) as Anita
A young couple from dueling street gangs falls in love.
This Rebel Breed (1960) as Lola Montalvo
The Deerslayer (1957) as Hetty Hutter
In the wilderness of early Colonial days, trapper Tom Hutter lives with his two daughters in an isolated floating fort. Tom's one-man vendetta against Indians has brought the wrath of the Hurons down on him...thereby garnering the reluctant aid of wilderness wanderer Deerslayer and his Mohican blood-brother, Chingachgook. Among adventures, violence and escapes, a batch of dirty secrets emerges...
The Vagabond King (1956) as Huguette
In 1461, French nobles fearing King Louis XI may seize their lands, join forces with the rebellious Duke of Burgundy to overthrow the king. One of the Duke's captains suggests enlisting the aid of Francois Villon who is known to oppose the king and is leader of the Vagabonds, a group that robs the rich to aid the poor. In league with Burgundy, Villon and two of his cohorts enter Paris, but are captured by the king's men. The king, recognizing Villon's power over the people, proposes that Villon defend Paris against Burgundy and help uncover traitors in the court. Burgundy is routed, and France is reunited, but the king reminds Villon he must pay for his earlier crimes against the court with his life.
The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956) as Sandra Roberts
A middle-aged man is left to tend house while his wife is accepted by the Air Force training program and becomes a Lieutenant.
The King and I (1956) as Tuptim
The king of Siam clashes with the British governess hired to teach his children.
Untamed (1955) as Julia
When the great potato famine hits Ireland, the diaspora begins as thousands emigrate. Among those leaving the Emerald Isle is Katie O'Neill and her husband, who decide that the promised land is South Africa and make their way there. Once there, they discover the hardships that are the reality of the homesteader experience. To complicate matters, Katie meets up with the love of her life, Paul van Riebeck. Will there be betrayal on the veldt?
Seven Cities of Gold (1955) as Ula
In the XVIII century, an spanish expedition is looking for seven cities of gold in a territory now known as California. A very difficult task due the opposition of the aborigins, but perhaps a divine intervention could help the spaniards to save the life.
Garden of Evil (1954) as Cantina singer
A trio of soldiers of fortune on their way to the California gold rush are tempted with rewards by a woman who needs help in rescuing her husband from a goldmine cave-in in Mexico. They agree, but then find themselves the target of angry Indians who wish to protect the sacred hill on which the mine is located.
El Alamein (1954) as Jara
Jivaro (1954) as Maroa
At Rio Galdez's remote Brazilian trading post live assorted outcast Americans and Europeans, including Jerry Russell, ex-engineer who became obsessed with the Jivaro headhunters' treasure, quit his job, and took up with the bottle and local girl Maroa. But he still gets letters from his nominal fiancée in California, and unexpectedly the shapely, glamorous Alice Parker arrives, expecting to marry a rich planter. Disillusioned, Alice is almost ready to fall into Rio's arms when news comes that Jerry is missing in Jivaro country...
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) as Honey Bear
A western guide tries to stop an Indian attack on settlers.
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953) as Soubrette
The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph Wade, a spy who gets killed by spies Inez and Cyrus Kraft.
Fort Vengeance (1953) as Bridget Fitzgibbon
Outlaw brothers turned Mounties clash over their different attitudes toward law and order.
Latin Lovers (1952) as Christina
An heiress searches for true love while vacationing in Brazil.
The Fabulous Senorita (1952) as Manuela Rodriguez
Cattle Town (1952) as Quela
The mediator in a dispute between farmers and cattle men falls for the head rancher's daughter.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Zelda Zanders
A silent-screen swashbuckler finds love while trying to adjust to the coming of sound.
The Ring (1952) as Lucy Gomez
Pagan Love Song (1950) as Teuru
An American tourist romances a Tahitian beauty.
The Toast of New Orleans (1950) as Tina
A New Orleans fisherman fights snobbery to become an opera star.

Music (feature film)

Rio 2 (2014)

Cast (special)

Happy to be Nappy And Other Stories of Me (2004) as Narrator
A selection of animated stories and poetry that celebrate diversity and self-esteem.
Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno (2001) as Interviewee
Portrait of actor and dancer Rita Moreno.
Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music (2001) as Interviewee
The life of bandleader, percussionist and composer Tito Puente (1923-2000) is recalled through archival footage and interviews. Also includes excerpts from one of his last concerts in Puerto Rico.
When It Was a Game III (2000) as Narration (Passages)
A sequel to the 1991 documentary "When It Was a Game," a look at baseball's "Golden Age," the 1930s to 1950s, and to the 1992 documentary "When It Was a Game II," an examination of some classic moments in baseball from the 1930s to the 1960s.
5th Annual ALMA Awards (2000)
Coverage of the 2000 American Latino Media Arts Awards presentation from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The ALMA Awards, given by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), honor the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film, television and music.
Speak Truth to Power (2000)
The debut of a new dramatic work, "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," by poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, that is an affirmation of the work of human rights activists. A staged reading of the play at the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC, is intercut
30th NAACP Image Awards (1999) as Presenter
Coverage of the 30th NAACP Image Awards presentation from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Image Awards honor the positive portrayals of African-Americans in film, television, literature and recording. This year's theme, "30 Years of Celebrating, 90 Years of Courage," also celebrates the 90th anni
1999 ALMA Awards, The (1999)
Coverage of the 1999 Alma Awards presentation from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The Alma Awards celebrate the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film and television.
Guest artists perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Erich Kunzel live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Puerto Ricans: Our American Story, The (1999)
Documentary that explores the customs and traditions that have bonded Puerto Rican families for generations and how they form a unique American community.
Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett (1998) as Narration
Documentary examining the life and career of actor/comedian Carol Burnett.
70th Annual Academy Awards, The (1998)
Live presentation of the 70th annual Academy Awards.
ALMA Awards (1998) as Award Recipient (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Presentation of the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The ALMAs, which mean spirit or soul in Spanish, celebrate the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film and television.
American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise, The (1998)
A tribute to director Robert Wise, the 26th recipient of the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award.
12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, The (1998) as Presenter
Coverage of the 12th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards from the John F Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The awards honor Hispanic Americans for their achievements in sports, arts, literature, education and leadership.
Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy (1997) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actor Alan Alda.
1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards, The (1997)
Telecast of the 1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies (1996)
Retrospective celebrating the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II which was featured in seven films: "State Fair," "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "South Pacific," "Flower Drum Song" and "The Sound of Music." The special includes conversations with stars of the films, rare ou
Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special, The (1996)
Primetime holiday special based on the PBS children's science series "The Magic School Bus." Ms.Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire, and her class of enthusiastic adventurers ride the magically transformed bus to Murph's recycling plant. Another segment includes on-camera interviews and recording sessio
Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration (1995)
Hosted by comedian Paul Rodriguez, this variety special benefits the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF).
Best Defense, The (1995) as Judge Flores
A dedicated twenty-year veteran of the Seattle Public Defender's office tries to keep his sense of humor in spite of a politically-motivated boss, ineffective and self-obssessed co-workers, abrasive young legal hotshots and a judge whose court schedule must coincide with her travel itineraries.
Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl (1994)
Concert tribute at the Hollywood Bowl to songwriter Jerry Herman.
Woman's Health, A (1994) as Host
Documentary combining personal stories with information about the six health issues most often confronted by women: heart disease, smoking, domestic violence, breast cancer, depression, and osteoporosis.
CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1993, A (1993)
1993 Independence Day concert telecast live from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1993)
Broadcast of the 65th annual Academy Awards presentation.
All-Star Fiesta at Ford's (1992)
A musical/variety special saluting the Hispanic heritage of the United States. Taped during a performance from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Championship Ballroom Dancing (1991) as Host
A special featuring the annual ballroom dance competition from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The routines performed are from the categories of international modern, Latin, American Rhythm and American Smooth dance.
Closed Set, The (1988) as Julie Forbes
A dramatic adaptation of a short story by Gavin Lambert set in 1950s Hollywood concerning a young director seduced by the deadly charms of a fading movie star who forms her own production company to make her comeback. A "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" presentation.
Ice Capades With Kirk Cameron, The (1988)
Kirk Cameron hosts this variety special featuring the Ice Capades along with performances by guest stars.
Rita (1986) as Rita Barnes
A comedy pilot, not picked up by CBS, about Rita Barnes, a woman who has a supportive and loving husband, three children, and a satisfying career as a toy designer, and now has to come to grips with the fact that sometimes having it all means having too much.
Blondes vs. Brunettes (1984)
A lighthearted comedy special that attempts to dispel the myths about personality traits of blondes and brunettes.
Chemical People, The (1983)
A two-part program examining the scope of drug and alcohol abuse among schoolchildren. Viewers learn how to spot which children are taking drugs and where to ship them for rehabilitation.
Working (1982)
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book about the average working man and woman which takes the viewpoint that he or she is anything but average.
Rita Moreno Show, The (1978) as Marie Constanza
The story of Marie Constanza, owner of a hotel fraught with problems. In the pilot episode, Marie attempts to adjust to her new responsibilities, having just inherited the hotel from its late owner and her former employer.
Dominic's Dream (1974) as Anita Bente; His Wife
The story of Dominic and Anita Bente, a hard-working New York couple who move from the city to suburban Los Angeles to begin a new life. The would-be series was to depict their adventures trying to adjust to a new lifestyle.

Music (special)

CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1993, A (1993) as Song Performer ("Strike Up The Band" "America")
1993 Independence Day concert telecast live from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
All-Star Fiesta at Ford's (1992) as Song Performer ("Aranjuez")
A musical/variety special saluting the Hispanic heritage of the United States. Taped during a performance from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Spree, The (1998) as Irma

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Evita Peron (1981) as Renata Riguel
Faye Dunaway is the ambitious peasant girl from the Argentine village of Junin who claws her way to the top to help make her lover, Juan Peron, the nation's dictator-president and herself one of the world's richest, most powerful women. In her early forties, Dunaway was somewhat old for the role whi

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