Ana Alicia

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Ana Alicia
Ana Alicia.jpg
BornAna Alicia Ortiz
(1956-12-12) December 12, 1956 (age 57)
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
CitizenshipAmerican[2]
Alma materWellesley College
University of Texas at El Paso
Southwestern University[3]
OccupationActress
Voice actress
Singer
Years active1977–1997
Known forRyan's Hope
Falcon Crest
Spouse(s)Gary R. Benz (1994-present; 2 children)
 
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Ana Alicia
Ana Alicia.jpg
BornAna Alicia Ortiz
(1956-12-12) December 12, 1956 (age 57)
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
CitizenshipAmerican[2]
Alma materWellesley College
University of Texas at El Paso
Southwestern University[3]
OccupationActress
Voice actress
Singer
Years active1977–1997
Known forRyan's Hope
Falcon Crest
Spouse(s)Gary R. Benz (1994-present; 2 children)

Ana Alicia (born December 12, 1956) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as scheming heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.

Early life[edit]

She was born as Ana Alicia Ortiz in Mexico City to a clothing manufacturing executive mother and a father who worked in business.[1] Her family moved to El Paso, Texas when she was a child. Upon graduating high school in 1973, Ortiz earned a scholarship to Wellesley College, but eventually left, instead pursuing her bachelor's degree in drama at the University of Texas at El Paso to be closer to her mother and three brothers.[3] Her first professional role under an AEA contract was as one of the Pigeon Sisters in a production of The Odd Couple starring Bob Denver at The Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theater in El Paso. [4]

Career[edit]

After earning her degree in 1977, Ortiz moved to Los Angeles and started auditioning for roles in various productions. She won the part of Alicia Nieves on Ryan's Hope, a daytime soap opera, moving to New York City for taping. After fifteen months on the show, Ortiz moved back to Los Angeles part-time and kept auditioning while attending law school at Southwestern University at night back in Texas. Eventually, her acting opportunities suffered and she decided to pursue acting full-time.[5]

Now going by "Ana Alicia" professionally, she landed several guest roles in episodic television, including Starbuck's love interest, Aurora, in the 1979 Battlestar Galactica episode "Take the Celestra" and Gloria Alonzo in the episode "Space Croppers" of the series sequel Galactica 1980. Between these she appeared as Falina Redding in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Vegas in Space." Next Alicia auditioned for the role of spoiled, selfish vineyard heiress Melissa Agretti on Falcon Crest as a replacement for actress Delores Cantú who had played Melissa for one episode in early 1982. Melissa went on to become the series' "love to hate" character and a firm fan favorite, as a worthy rival for the show's arch-villainess Angela Channing, played by Jane Wyman.[citation needed] In 1979 Alicia appeared in the made for TV movie The Sacketts as Drusilla, the love of Tyrell Sackett. The movie was based on the Louis L'Amour books The Sacketts and The Daybreakers. Alicia appeared in the 1983 TV-movie, Happy Endings, opposite John Schneider and her former Ryan's Hope co-star, Catherine Hicks.

In 1989, Ortiz appeared with Raúl Juliá in the movie Romero, her only non-television film role apart from Halloween II in 1981. Then in 1990, Alicia appeared in the 1990 made for TV movie Miracle Landing as flight attendant Michelle Honda. The film is based on an in-flight accident aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 that occurred in April 1988. Alicia continued to play guest roles on episodic television, including two episodes in the action series Renegade which reunited her with her former Falcon Crest screen husband Lorenzo Lamas. This was her last known acting role. She has since moved back to El Paso to raise her family.[citation needed]

Alicia sang two songs on the soap, Falcon Crest. The first song was called Goody Goody and is a famous 1936 song composed by Matty Malneck with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was first sung by Bing Crosby. The second song was Body and Soul. It was written by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton and Johnny Green in 1930. The song was presented by Libby Holman in the revue Three's a Crowd and used as the theme of the 1947 film, Body and Soul, becoming a jazz favorite.[6]

In October 2010, Alicia appeared in a promotional video for the Norwegian television show Gylne Tider. She and other celebrities filmed a cover of The Beatles song "Let It Be."[7]

Alicia is the national spokesperson for the Humane Society. She has given out awards promoting Hispanic accomplishments in the media from the Golden Eagle Awards. [3]

Family[edit]

Alicia married Gary Benz on April 24, 1994; they have 2 children.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Halloween IIJanet
1985The Joy of Natural ChildbirthHerself
1989RomeroArista Zelada
1994To Die, to SleepKathy's Mother(Voice)
2012The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween IIHerself
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1977-1978Ryan's Hope (TV series)Alicia Nieves102 Episodes
1978The Next Step Beyond (TV series)Angela MendozaEpisode "Portrait of the Mind: (1.9)
1979The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV series)Suzanne CliffordEpisode "Life on the Line" (3.10)
1979Battlestar Galactica (TV series)AuroraEpisode "Take the Celestra" (1.20)
1979The Sacketts (TV)Drusilla
1979Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV series)Falina ReđingEpisode "Vegas in Space" (1.3)
1979The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV series)Millie RogersEpisode "The Boom Boom Lady" (1.9)
1980Galactica 1980 (TV series)Gloria AlonzoEpisode "Space Croppers" (1.9)
1980Quincy M.E. (TV series)Nurse Nancy BergerEpisode "No Way to Treat a Patient" (5.22)
1980Roughnecks (TV)Thelma Messenkott
1981B.J. and the Bear (TV series)DoloresEpisode "Seven Lady Captives" (3.11)
1981Coward of the County (TV)Violet
1981The Ordeal of Bill Carney (TV)Lisa Saldonna
1982McClain's Law (TV series)Episode "A Matter of Honor" (1.8)
1982Tattletales (TV series)Herself5 Episodes
1983Happy Endings (TV movie)Veronica
1984Hollywood '84 (TV Mini-Series)HerselfEpisode (1.2)
1984The Love Boat (TV series)Samantha GregoryEpisode " My Mother, My Chaperone/Present, The/Death and Life of Sir Alfred Demerest, The/Welcome Aboard: Part 1: (8.11)
1984The Love Boat (TV series)Samantha GregoryEpisode "My Mother, My Chaperone/Present, The/Death and Life of Sir Alfred Demerest, The/Welcome Aboard: Part 2" (8.12)
1985Hotel (TV series)Mary Ellen CarsonEpisode "Bystanders" (2.17)
1986The CBS Easter Parade (TV Special)Herself - Host
1987Sex Symbols: Past, Present and Future (TV)Herself
1988Moonlighting (TV series)Mary Erin-GatesEpisode "And the Flesh Was Made Word" (4.14) (as Ana-Alicia)
1982-1988Falcon Crest (TV series)Melissa Agretti Cumson Gioberti173 Episodes
1983Battle of the Network Stars XV (TV)Herself - CBS Team
1989Falcon Crest (TV series)Samantha Ross5 Episodes
1990Miracle Landing (TV)Michelle Honda(as Ana-Alicia)
1991Life Goes On (TV series)Shanna GreyEpisode "Lighter Than Air" (2.21)
1993Rio Shannon (TV)Dolores Santillan
1994Murder, She Wrote (TV series)Sgt. Hilda DupontEpisode "Northern Explosion" (10.11)
1994Acapulco H.E.A.T. (TV series)Linda DavidsonEpisode "Code Name: Easy Riders" (1.12)
1994Renegade (TV series)Dr. Grace PrescottEpisode "Sheriff Reno" (2.19) (as Ana-Alicia)
1996Renegade (TV series)Angela BaptistaEpisode "Hard Evidence" (4.19) (as Ana-Alicia)
1997Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV series)Duchess of Earl / Businessman's DaughterEpisode "The Pied Piper" (5.2) (Voice)
2004E! True Hollywood Story (TV series)HerselfEpisode "Scream Queens"

Music[edit]

Singing
YearTitleSongNotes
1985Falcon Crest (TV series)"Mairzy Doates"Episode "Cold Comfort" (4.23)
1987Falcon Crest (TV series)"Goody Goody"Episode "Cold Hands" (6.23)
1987Falcon Crest (TV series)"Body and Soul"Episode "Body and Soul" (6.24)
1987Falcon Crest (TV series)"Body and Soul", "Goody Goody"Episode "Loose Cannons" (6.25)

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973"The Odd Couple"Pigeon SisterAdobe Horseshoe Dinner Theater
"Busybody"Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theater
"Boeing, Boeing"Adobe horseshoe Dinner Theater

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
YearAwardCategoryProductionResult
1986"Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial"Falcon CrestNominated
1988"Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime TimeFalcon CrestNominated
1990"Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress: Prime TimeFalcon CrestNominated

Books[edit]

YearAuthorBookPublisherNotes
1996Ana Alicia (under the pseudonym Robin)"You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again"Newstar Predited by Jennie Louise Frankel, Terrie Maxine Frankel and Joanne Parrent

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