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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 7 October 1976Caracas, Venezuela
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yeniffer Behrens was born in Caracas, Venezuela but her grandfather's position as a diplomat led to the family's move to Washington, D.C. when she was just 3 years old. Even as a small child, Yeniffer's dazzling smile and effervescent personality were easily apparent and she was inspired to become a performer by the age of six. At age nine, the family would move to Miami and naturally, the energetic Yeniffer grew to be a sparkling cheerleader and win the Miss Teen Miami Pageant. She also proved that she had brains and determination, as well as beauty, when she earned her Associate of Arts degree in theatre from Miami-Dade Community College. She continued her theatre training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts.

Yeniffer made her film debut in the Sylvester Stallone blockbuster The Specialist. She then landed numerous television roles in both Anglo and Hispanic markets, including Morelia and Te Amare en Silencio, the first novela filmed in Los Angeles. Yeniffer's star continued to rise when she landed a recurring role in La Familia Fernandez, produced by Univision's Sabado Gigante. In 1997, Yeniffer starred as the title character in the Independent film Angel Blue, opposite Sam Bottoms and Karen Black. Angel Blue was later released by Lifetime network under the title My Neighbor's Daughter and Yeniffer was singled out for excellent reviews including: "Pic definitely benefits from Behrens' poise and energy" - Variety 4/98.

She also had supporting roles in Exit, and Seven Sundays, directed by Cousin Cuisine director Jean-Charles Tachella. Yeniffer then co-starred in My Fathers' Love and Gabriela. Director Vincent Miller wrote, "Yeniffer Behrens projects the charisma and unique beauty only found in stars. She's seductive and vulnerable yet always real in her performance. Her talent and quality will take her far." Yeniffer also landed a role in the short film, Lili, from 20th Century Fox's Search Lab and recurring roles in Trials of Life and the PBS mini-series A Question of Citizenship.

Yeniffer took on a lighter acting load for a little while as she set out to "travel and see the world". Her journey took her around the globe to some exotic locales such as India, The Caribbean, Spain, Peru, England, Nepal, Italy, Venezuela, Paris, and more. While she would occasionally take on an acting role or two during this period, Yeniffer used this opportunity to enjoy the world as her classroom and she credits the trek for helping her to grow as a person and as an actor.

When Yeniffer returned, she hit the ground running by garnering a role in the controversial film, A Day Without A Mexican. While she landed an impressive line up of commercial spots, Yeniffer turned in strong performances in her guest starring roles in network shows Boston Legal, JAG, The Agency, the critically acclaimed Nip/Tuck and a steamy performance on ABC's legendary General Hospital.

Yeniffer works hard to polish her craft as an actor at several highly respected institutions such as Peter Murietta's improv group, Unitard, The Acting Class, with Silvana Gillardo, Margie Haber Studios, the Jeremiah Comey Studios and Sheila Kelley's The S Factor. She is also proud to have been part of several exclusive showcases such as the ABC Showcase, Urban Graffiti and Billy Bob Thornton's Not Just Another Showcase.

In 2005, Yeniffer helmed a fund-raiser event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness for breast cancer and made numerous red-carpet appearances including her role as presenter to Wilmer Valderrama at the 34th Annual Golden Eagle Awards. She can often be seen and heard in a strong slate of television and radio campaigns and she starred in the film shorts, 3some, and Late Bloomer.

Yeniffer finished up 2005 in strong fashion with a guest-starring role on television's #1 show, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. She also delivered fiercely dramatic roles in the films Virginia and Trapped In Perfection, both slated to open in 2006.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Meltdown Entertainment

Trivia (1)

How she got the Y in her name: She always wrote her name as Jeniffer with a "J" with one "n" and two "f"s until she was 15 and applying for her driver's permit. When she saw the finished permit, Yeniffer mentioned to the clerk that she had made a mistake and accidentally misspelled her name with a "Y". It was then that the clerk pointed out to her that the name on the permit was printed exactly as it was written on her birth certificate. To her astonishment, this is when she first discovered that her name was actually spelled with a "Y"! Her parents were also surprised and then confirmed that the unique spelling was actually due to a typographical error committed at the hospital when she was born.

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