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Overview (3)

Born in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Birth NameCelia Maria Newman
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Cehlia Barnum Newman was born in San Miguel De Allende in October of 1968. Newman's parents had lived there for 7 years before she was born, and just a few short years after her birth they moved to Texas. Cehlia attended and received a degree from The University of The Incarnate Word, where she majored in Child Psychology and Minored in Theater and Fine Art.

Cehlia Newman began acting in 1974 as a young child in stage productions at the San Antonio Little Theater. She continued to act in theater productions off and on throughout her youth. Newman appeared in several episodes of "Dallas" as well as numerous television and print advertisements. She did a MFTV and some appearances on series.

Her first feature film role was a in the cult classic "Legend of Billie Jean". She met with the producer and director and it was decided that even though she wasn't right for the role for which she auditioned (she would have had to cut her hair into "Billie Jean's" style) they would write one in for her.

Newman went on to work periodically in several theater productions, honing her skills and exploring her option in the film world. In 1988 Cehlia was cast as "Paco's girlfriend; Maria" in "Lost Angels" with Donald Sutherland, Adam Horowitz and Amy Locane. Newman was convinced by her new agent, David Shapira, to move to LA and "seriously" pursue the acting gig. Newman moved to LA 1990 at that time she also acquired manager Mike Atkissson.

After hundreds upon hundreds of auditions for film and television, Newman realized she was only being cast as the "ethnic" character, i.e. biker's girlfriend, victim, gang member, etc... Cehlia had several casting directors suggest she change her name from the "Mexican" sounding Cehlia to something more "American". She was also encouraged to dye her hair, a more "90s" acceptable blond color.

Completely disgusted with the industry's lack of foresight, Cehlia began concentrating on her artwork. As the child of two professional artists, she was ultimately forced to accept her "genetic" path and pursue a more fulfilling career in Fine Art.

In early '91 Newman returned to Texas and worked as a computer program designer for several years before entering UIW and completing her degree.

Cehlia Newman is currently living in Texas with her husband(Jose Menendez)and son and daughter. She serves on several community boards, maintains a passionate interest in public policy and continues to support her husband's political career.

Cehlia owns an on-line jewelry company and designs one-of-a-kind jewelry. Newman is still creating and displaying her artwork, with private and public shows in San Antonio and Austin.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: NS

In 2000, Cehlia (AKA Celia Newman) Newman-Menéndez' husband was elected to the, Texas State House of Representatives. That same year, Cehlia, gave birth to their first child, Dominic Michael. Newman-Menendez and her husband spoke about numerous people, as possible "godparents" for their first born.

When the decision was finally made, it was clear, there were only four choices; their close friends, and life long partners Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, Debra Guerrero and Henry Muñoz. They were honored with the acceptance of their request, but, also knew they needed to be respectful of sharing Mr. Phariss' and Mr.Holmes. status with "just anyone, because of the close-minded society in which we live.

The couple(Phariss and Vic) is now able, to be open, and share their relationship with everyone, as an amazing, example of true love, and preside as Godparents, to all three, of the Newman-Menéndez children; Dominic, Tori, and Austin; alongside, Godmother Debra Guerrero, and Godfather Henry Muñoz.

Newman-Menéndez left the acting industry in 1998, after she was diagnosed, with an MS related disease. Cehlia's main goals, in recent years, have been, to shed light on the growing issues which affect women, individuals who are unjustly treated, e.g. hate crimes. and helping those who cannot speak for themselves, find a voice.

Celia is an accomplished, professional artist and jewelry designer, is writing a soon to be published book, about personal strength and overcoming obstacles in one's life. Newman-Menéndez does not completely rule out a future in acting, but, as she was once quoted, "The Stars, moons and planets would have to be aligned perfectly."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: NS

Spouse (1)

Jose Menendez (9 September 1995 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

Is an artist and author, working on two books.
Attended St. Anthony's elementary and Junior High school with director Robert Rodriguez.
Her husband was just elected to the State House of Representatives in Texas after serving as a Councilman for 2 1/2 years.
Has two children - a son, Dominic Michael and a daughter, Victoria Elise.
Modeled and acted with Julie Condra in Texas as a pre-teen and teenager.
Husband was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for District 124.
Relative on her father's maternal side - Will Rogers. Relative on her mother's Paternal side - Phineas Taylor "P.T." Barnum.
First language was Spanish.
Started acting at the age of 5 in San Antonio Little Theatre.
Is Cherokee Indian/Irish (father's side) and Prussian/English (mother's side).
Is a coloratura soprano.
Has three children Dominic, Victoria and Austin.
Designs custom jewelry, for private clients, based upon her artwork.
Was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008.
Named her first son, Dominic, after her cousin, Dominic, to whom, she was very close, as a child.
Son, Austin, gets his name, from her father's family (not from the Capitol of TX). Newman's great grandfather (five times removed), was close friends, with Moses Austin, Stephen F's father, and the "Austin" name, has been handed down, through six generations.
(1992 - 1997) Went to Undergrad (where she received her second degree in Theater) at The University of The Incarnate Word; with Ricardo Chavira.
At her home in Texas working on a book about childhood illnesses and taking care of her two children. [May 2002]
Celia's father passed, in August of 2013, from Cancer, after being diagnosed, only, nine weeks, earlier.
Newman, was friends, with, then unknown, director, Robert Rodriguez.
Newman-Menéndez is an accomplished poet as well as writer, and soon to be published author.
Newman-Menéndez is a professional artist who has sold her painting around the world, from Texas to Spain, Austria and elsewhere.
Newman has been playing equestrian POLO since 1981. Celia did not play professionally, but, the game is in her blood. Adair's second cousin was Will Penn Adair Rogers,a noted POLO player and political satirist. Newman took an hiatus from the sport after an accident, she has only started stick and batting recently, to slowly get back into the game.

Personal Quotes (1)

In response to an interviewer's question, " My job is Mother, my boss is God and I don't want to be fired."

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