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Date of Birth 12 December 1956Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Birth NameAna Alicia Ortiz

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Mexico City, Mexico on December 12, 1956, Ana-Alicia grew up in El Paso, Texas, where she lived with her grandmother, widowed mother, and three siblings. After winning a full scholarship to the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Alicia was drawn to acting. She then decided to leave Wellesley, after which, she transferred to the University of Texas, where she attended school and performed in dinner theatre.

After graduation, Alicia moved to Los Angeles and struggled to attain success as an actress. Her big break came when she won the part of Alicia Nieves on Ryan's Hope (1975). According to Alicia, working on the show in New York was exciting - not only because it was an acting job, but because she was a fan of the the show. Although the role was a secondary one - Nieves had romances with policeman Bob Reid and Dr. Pat Ryan - it provided her with much-needed exposure. After 15 months, Alicia's role was written out and she decided to move back to Los Angeles. After a grueling schedule of going on auditions during the day and attending Southwestern University Law School at night, Alicia secured some television work, but was so tired from studying that she lost a lot of acting opportunities. It was at this point that she regrouped and composed a list of what she hoped to achieve in life.

This approach proved very successful, as soon after New Year's Eve, she landed the role of Melissa Agretti on Falcon Crest (1981). Ana was on the show for seven years, playing the ambitious, scheming Melissa Agretti, and playing opposite Jane Wyman as Angela Channing and a plethora of handsome men. In October of 1988, Alicia was written out of Falcon Crest (1981), and the show subsequently dropped considerably in the ratings. In a last ditch attempt to revitalise the show, she was brought back to the show later that season as a look-a-like of Melissa's, named Samantha Ross. The guest stint was short-lived and Alicia has since moved on to other projects, including the TV movies Miracle Landing (1990) and Rio Shannon (1993), as well as the feature film, Romero (1989). Alicia has also devoted much of her time to various environmental and political causes. She is the national spokesperson for the Humane Society, and has presented awards promoting Hispanic achievents in the media on behalf of the Golden Eagle Awards. Lorenzo Lamas was co-presenter.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: crittifer

Spouse (1)

Gary R. Benz (24 April 1994 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Grew up in El Paso, Texas, USA.
Received a full scholarship to the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts
Received a BA in drama from the University of Texas.
At the age of four her father died and her mother moved with Ana and her three brothers to El Paso, Texas where she has won a beauty contest at the age of sixteen.
Also works as a national spokeswoman for The Humane Society.
Has a daughter, Cathryn Dylan, with her husband Gary R. Benz.
She appeared in the penultimate episodes of both Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Galactica 1980 (1980).

Personal Quotes (1)

Such "limited" characterisation is the responsibility of a lot of people-writers, producers, directors. The bottom line is what you think of yourself and what you think you're capable of. I don't take it personally. You can't waste that kind of energy because I've been fired before. You just have to use your energy to take yourself to the next step.

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