Ana Ortiz

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Ana Ortíz

Ortiz at the 2012 ALMA Awards.
BornAna Ortiz
(1971-01-25) January 25, 1971 (age 41)
Manhattan, New York
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Noah Lebenzon (2007-present)
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Ana Ortíz

Ortiz at the 2012 ALMA Awards.
BornAna Ortiz
(1971-01-25) January 25, 1971 (age 41)
Manhattan, New York
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Noah Lebenzon (2007-present)

Ana Ortiz (born January 25, 1971) is an American actress and singer. She is a native of Manhattan, but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a regular cast-member on the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty, in which she plays the title character's older sister, Hilda Suarez. The role earned her the ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007.


Life and career

Ortiz was born in Manhattan and is the daughter of Angel L. Ortiz, a former Philadelphia City Council member of Puerto Rican descent, and an Irish American mother.[1][2][3]

As a child, Ortiz originally dreamed of becoming a ballerina, and she studied ballet for eight years, until the pain of dancing en pointe forced her to pursue a different artistic discipline.

Switching to singing, Ortiz attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and later the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before making her professional stage debut in a regional theater production of Dangerous Liaisons. Her additional stage credits include portraying Chrissy in a European touring production of Hair, regional theater productions such as Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer and in the South Coast Repertory Theater's production of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot.

After joining LAByrinth Theatre Company,[4] she appeared off-Broadway in In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, which also co-starred Puerto Rican actress Liza Colón-Zayas and was directed by Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and named one of the 10-best plays of 1999 by the magazine Time Out New York.


On television, Ortiz's resume includes NYPD Blue, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Commander In Chief, Boston Legal, ER, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Over There, her first full-time series role, Kristin and Everybody Loves Raymond. Ortiz also had a guest-starring role on Army Wives during its second season as a waitress named Sandi.[5]

In addition to her role on Ugly Betty, she was active in films, which include starring roles King of L.A., Tortilla Heaven and the 2009 TV movie Labor Pains co-starring her former Ugly Betty co-star, Lindsay Lohan.

Ortiz was one of two Philadelphians who were regulars on Ugly Betty, the other being Mark Indelicato, who played her son Justin. Another connection to the city is co-star Becki Newton (who played Amanda Tanen), who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Originally, Ortiz had auditioned for the Betty Suarez role, but it went to America Ferrera instead. Ortiz said in 2008, "I was super plain. I just put on some glasses and kept my hair kind of flat and layered on the clothing", describing what she wore when auditioning for the role of Betty. "I just wanted them to remember me, so that I could be involved in the future".[6]

Ortiz also appeared in the 2010 music video for Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra's "Cuando me enamoro".[7]

Personal life

Ortiz graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ortiz lives in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, softball, and water sports, and writes poetry. She married musician Noah Lebenzon on June 9, 2007 in Rincón, Puerto Rico.[8] The couple were expecting their first child on June 25, 2009.[9] On Saturday, June 27, 2009, Ana and Noah welcomed a daughter, named Paloma Louise Lebenzon. Paloma was born at 4:25 p.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces. [10] The second child, a son named Rafael, was born on September 24, 2011.

Ortiz is active in raising awareness against domestic abuse, citing her own experiences when she was in her 20s and involved in a romantic relationship that turned physically abusive. In an article for USA Today, Ortiz notes that the final scene from the Ugly Betty episode "How Betty Got Her Grieve Back", in which Hilda sat on her bed staring at the bathroom after realizing that Santos had died, was drawn from that experience: "I used some of that subconsciously ... It's something that is always with me".[11]


1995Condition RedC Block InmateFirst feature film
2002Lehi's WifeKelly (as Anna Ortiz)
2003CarolinaPerfect Date Assistant Christen
2007Tortilla HeavenChicana #1
2008Meet the Browns
The Winged ManWandaIndependent film
Batman: Gotham KnightAnna RamirezSegments "Crossfire" and "In Darkness Dwells"


2009Labor PainsDonna
Noah's Ark: The New BeginningTierVoice Only
2011Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonGail
1999Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The MoviePregnant WomanTelevision movie
2000King of the KornerIsabel
2001KristinSanta ClementeMain role
Everybody Loves RaymondNatasha Leonetti1 episode: "Raybert" (6.10)
2002Greetings from TucsonAngela1 episode: "Eegee's vs. Hardee's" (1.22)
NYPD BlueLuisa Lopez1 episode: "Dead Meat in New Deli" (9.21)
Strong MedicineElena Delgado1 episode: "Family History" (3.09)
Do OverMrs. Rice1 episode: "Rock 'n' Roll Parking Lot" (1.06)
Mr. St. NickLorenaTV Movie
ERLaura1 episode: "Hindsight" (9.10)
2003Life on ParoleLorettaTV Movie
A.U.S.A.Ana RiveriaMain Role
2004Foster Hall [disambiguation needed]TV Movie
North ShoreAna Green1 episode: "Secret Service" (1.06)
2005Blind JusticeLetitia Barreras1 episode: "Past Imperfect" (1.08)
FreddieGina1 episode: "Rich Man, Poor Girl" (1.01)
Over ThereAnna7 episodes
2006Commander in ChiefIsabelle Rios1 episode: "Wind Beneath My Wings" (1.12)
Boston LegalA.D.A. Holly Raines4 episodes
The New Adventures of Old ChristineBelinda1 episode: "Some of My Best Friends Are Portuguese" (1.12)
2006–2010Ugly BettyHilda SuarezMain role
2008Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera StoryValerie VallejaTelevision Movie
2011HungLydiarecurring role, season 3
2012Devious MaidsMarisolSet To Air on Lifetime in 2013


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