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Also Known As: Miriam Soto Died:
Born: March 27, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, model

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Highly attractive model-turned-actress, Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, but admittedly retains the Puerto Rican accent of her household. Soto walked into modeling when she was 15, working in Italy as well as for British VOGUE out of Paris. Despite a successful modeling career that saw her land the covers of Vogue, Glamour and Mademoiselle, among others, she yearned to act. Returned to States, her break came as India, the Puerto Rican girlfriend, in "Spike in Bensonhurst" (1988). The next year, she was Bond Girl Lupe Lamora in "License to Kill". TV work followed, including the USA network movie "Silhouette" (1990) and the HBO anthology, "Prison Stories: Women Behind Bars" (1991), in which Soto's dramatic skills were on display. Although she had supporting parts in the films "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and the direct-to-video "Hostage" (also 1992), Soto continued to try her hand at TV in the series "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993-94). In the latter, she was featured as the granddaughter of a Native American owner of the town's general store. In 1995, Soto found herself in two high-profile features, opposite Johnny Depp in "Don Juan De Marco" and as the...

Highly attractive model-turned-actress, Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, but admittedly retains the Puerto Rican accent of her household. Soto walked into modeling when she was 15, working in Italy as well as for British VOGUE out of Paris. Despite a successful modeling career that saw her land the covers of Vogue, Glamour and Mademoiselle, among others, she yearned to act. Returned to States, her break came as India, the Puerto Rican girlfriend, in "Spike in Bensonhurst" (1988). The next year, she was Bond Girl Lupe Lamora in "License to Kill". TV work followed, including the USA network movie "Silhouette" (1990) and the HBO anthology, "Prison Stories: Women Behind Bars" (1991), in which Soto's dramatic skills were on display. Although she had supporting parts in the films "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and the direct-to-video "Hostage" (also 1992), Soto continued to try her hand at TV in the series "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993-94). In the latter, she was featured as the granddaughter of a Native American owner of the town's general store.

In 1995, Soto found herself in two high-profile features, opposite Johnny Depp in "Don Juan De Marco" and as the "secret weapon" Princess Kitana in "Mortal Kombat". (In 1997, Soto reprised Kitana in the sequel "Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation".) She also returned to her modeling roots posing for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and appeared on its accompanying TV special. She also landed a supporting role in Michael Cimino's "Sunchaser" (1996), starring Woody Harrelson.

Soto stayed out of the limelight for the next several years but reemerged in the 2001 film "Pinero" about Miguel Pinero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. It starred Benjamin Bratt whom Soto married in May of 2002, causing her perhaps the most media attention of her career. Also in 2002, she appeared in the film "Ecks vs. Sever" alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mission, La (2009)
2.
 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Vinn/Rayne
3.
 Pinero (2001) Sugar
4.
 Flight of Fancy (2000) Mercedes
5.
 Flypaper (1998)
6.
7.
 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) Kitana
8.
 Sunchaser, The (1996) Navajo Woman
9.
 Vampirella (1996) Vampirella
10.
 Mortal Kombat (1995) Princess Kitana
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Born in Brooklyn, New York
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Raised in Western Massachusetts
1982:
Began modeling--first assignment for LEI Magazine, Italy
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Appeared on the covers of <i>Vogue, Glamour, Mademoiselle</i> and <i>Self</i>
1988:
Feature film debut, "Spike of Bensonhurst"
1989:
Played Bond Girl Lupe Lamora in "License to Kill"
1990:
TV-movie debut, "Silhouette" (USA Network)
1991:
Appeared in HBO anthology series, "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside"
1993:
TV series debut as a regular, "Harts of the West" (CBS)
1995:
Starred as Princess Kitana in "Mortal Kombat"
1995:
Was a <i>Sports Illustrated</i> swimsuit model
1996:
Had title role in "Vampirella"; aired on Showtime as part of "Roger Corman Presents"
1997:
Reprised role in the sequel "Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation"
2000:
Co-starred in "Flight of Fancy"
2001:
Appeared opposite Benjamin Bratt in "Pinero"
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Notes

"Soto's reserve makes her intriguing on screen. She's very quiet and withheld, and the more she withholds, the more you're attracted to her. She's kind of a femme fatale. She has a kind of dignity."--director Paul Morrissey quoted in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, May 28, 1989.

"I was never gullible. I don't care who you are or what your title is or what you've accomplished, you don't impress me, you know what I mean?" -- Talisa Soto in Esquire

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husband:
Costas Mandylor. Actor. Together since 1991; married in May 1997; divorced in 2000.
husband:
Costas Mandylor. Survived him.
husband:
Benjamin Bratt. Actor. Co-starred together in "Pinero"; reportedly dating as of fall 2001; married May 2002.
husband:
Benjamin Bratt. Has been in a relationship with another male actor since c. 1996; met at college.
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daughter:
Sophia Rosalinda Bratt. Actor.
daughter:
Sophia Rosalinda Bratt. Born December 6, 2002; father Benjamin Bratt.

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