Family fled Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power; relocated to Venezuela when she was five (date approximate)
Named Miss Teenager of the World
Crowned Miss Venezuela
Appeared in four feature films and ten soap operas in Venezuela before moving to the USA
US film acting debut in "Moscow on the Hudson"; also sang
TV-movie debut, "Blood Ties" (Showtime)
Co-starred in the futuristic thriller "The Running Man"
Acted opposite Sean Penn and Robert Duvall in "Colors"
Starred in the NBC sitcom "One of the Boys"
Played the female lead in "Predator 2"
Was one of the few actors of South American heritage cast in "The House of the Spirits", an adaptation of Chilean author Isabelle Allende's novel, starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Winona Ryder
Starred opposite Edward James Olmos in "Roosters", directed by Robert M Young; film released theatrically in 1995
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Texas"
Made Broadway debut in title role of "Kiss of the Spiderwoman"; succeeded Vanessa Williams in the part
Reteamed with Olmos and director Young for "Caught"
Starred as a Cuban immigrant bus driver taken hostage in the ABC fact-based TV-movie "Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus # 17"
Hosted Spanish-language talk show for Telemundo
Played a TV talk show host in the Spanish-language feature "Shout Out/El Grito en el Cielo"
Co-starred in "Volaverunt", a historical drama directed by Bigas Luna speculating on why there are two versions of the Spanish artist Goya's painting "Volaverunt"
Cast as a dying woman in "Knockout"
Portrayed the lesbian lover of a closeted performer in the E! Entertainment Television original comedy "Best Actress"
Played the US Vice President in the thriller "Chain of Command" (aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release)
Had featured role as the sheriff's mistress in the TNT remake of "High Noon"
Cast on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," as Gabrielle's mother, Lucia
Cast opposite Hilary and Haylie Duff in the comedy "Material Girls"