Lisa Vidal

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Lisa Vidal
Lisa Vidal.jpg
Vidal in 2012
Born(1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Whitestone, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesLisa Vidal Cohen
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Jay Cohen (1990-present)
 
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Lisa Vidal
Lisa Vidal.jpg
Vidal in 2012
Born(1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Whitestone, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesLisa Vidal Cohen
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Jay Cohen (1990-present)

Lisa Vidal (born June 13, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her roles in television series Third Watch, The Division, ER, and The Event. In 2013, Vidal began starring in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane.

Early life[edit]

Vidal was born in Whitestone, Queens, the daughter of Josie, a secretary, and Manny Vidal, a tax consultant and businessman.[2] Her parents moved from Puerto Rico and settled in Manhattan, New York, where Vidal and her two sisters Christina and Tanya were born. She also has a brother named Christian. After Vidal finished her elementary education, she auditioned and was accepted in the High School of Performing Arts. When she graduated, Vidal went to work with La Familia Theater Company, alongside Raul Julia and Julia Roberts. Vidal was 14 years old when she acted in the theater series Oye Willie and later on made her feature debut with a small role in Delivery Boys. Soon, she was working in T.V. with parts in shows such as The Cosby Show.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

From 1994-1995, Vidal appeared in New York Undercover in a recurring role as a reporter named Carmen. In the series she was sister to Det. Eddie Torres, played by Michael DeLorenzo. In 1995, she did some Off-Broadway and worked in The Commish. Vidal has also appeared in number of films, such as Odd Girl Out (2005), Naughty or Nice (2004); Chasing Papi (2003); I Like It Like That (1994); The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and in Night and the City (1992), alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, directed by Irwin Winkler.[3][4]

Vidal was series regular in the ABC police drama High Incident (1995-1996), and on The Brian Benben Show in 1998, and later had major recurring roles on Third Watch from 1999-2001 as Dr. Sarah Morales, and ER from 2001-2004 as firefighter Sandy Lopez. From 2001 to 2004, Vidal starred opposite Bonnie Bedelia in the Lifetime drama series The Division, for which she received the 2002 nomination for the ALMA Award in the Best Actress Category. In 2006, she had a brief role in the short-lived action series Smith, as one of the federal agents looking for Ray Liotta's group of thieves. In 2010 she starred in NBC drama The Event.[3][4]

In 2013, Vidal began starring opposite Gabrielle Union in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to real estate agent Jay Cohen since 1990 and has two sons, Scott (b. 1992) and Max (b. 1998) and daughter Olivia (b. 2003) and lives in Los Angeles, California with them. She used to own a children's clothing store called Oodles in Studio City, California.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Delivery BoysTina
1986Christmas EveMariaTV Movie
1988Nightmare BeachGirl at Pool
1992Night and the CityCarmen
1994I Like It Like ThatMagdalena Soto
1995Mighty AphroditeChorus Voice
1997Destination UnknownMarisol
1997FallSally
1997The Third TwinLisaTV Movie
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
1998The Wonderful Ice Cream SuitRamona
1998The Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeBabs CardozaTV Movie
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
1998Naked City: Justice with a BulletLori HalloranTV Movie
1998Naked City: A Killer ChristmasTV Movie
1999Hit and RunDetective RicoTV Movie
1999Active StealthMariaDirect-to-video
2001The Blue DinerElena
2003Chasing PapiCarmen
2004Naughty of NiceDiana RamiroTV Movie
2005Odd Girl OutBarbaraTV Movie
Imagen Award for Best Actress on Television
2007Dark MirrorDeborah MartinNominated — Imagen Award for Best Actress - Film
2009Signal LostTV Newswoman
2009Star TrekBarracks Officer
2010BabyDominiqueShort film
2011A Day Without RainAna LanzaShort film
2014VictorLila

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Oye WilliePBS series
1987The Cosby ShowMrs. Miron1 episode
1987, 1991ABC Afterschool SpecialGloria Rodriguez2 episodes
1988Miami ViceAngel Montepina1 episode
1992Law & OrderLena Armendariz1 episode
1994-1995New York UndercoverCarmenRecurring role, 6 episodes
1995The CommishConnie Muldoon2 episodes
1996-1997High IncidentOfficer Jessica HelgadoSeries regular, 22 episodes
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996)
1998The Brian Benben ShowJulieSeries regular, 8 episodes
1999WastelandUnknown Role2 episodes
1999-2001Third WatchDr. Sara MoralesRecurring role, 19 episodes
2001-2004The DivisionInspector Magdalena "Magda" RamirezSeries regular, 88 episodes
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama (2004)
2001-2004ERSandy LopezRecurring role, 12 episodes
2006Boston LegalIrma Levine2 episodes
2006Criminal MindsGina Sanchez1 episode
2006-2007SmithValezRecurring role, 4 episodes
2007Numb3rsJennifer Malloy1 episode
2009Without a TraceDetective Bianca Gonzalez1 episode
2009CSI: MiamiPatricia Busick1 episode
2009-2010SouthlandMia Sanchez3 episodes
2010-2011The EventChristina MartinezSeries regular, 14 episodes
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television (2011)
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseStacy RamosAfterbirth episode
2012-2013GrimmLauren Castro2 episodes
2013 —Being Mary JaneKaraSeries regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Vidal Biography (1965-)". Filmreference.com. 1965-06-13. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d NNDB People
  4. ^ a b c "Lisa Vidal". BET. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lisa Vidal". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ Brian Lowry TV Columnist @blowryontv. "TV Review: BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  7. ^ "'Being Mary Jane' Broadcast Premiere Tonight, 10:30PM ET/PT, On BET | Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 

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