Talisa Soto

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Talisa Soto
BornMiriam Soto
(1967-03-27) March 27, 1967 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other namesDesiree More
OccupationActress, model
Years active1984–present
ChildrenSophia Bratt
Mateo Bratt
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Talisa Soto
BornMiriam Soto
(1967-03-27) March 27, 1967 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other namesDesiree More
OccupationActress, model
Years active1984–present
ChildrenSophia Bratt
Mateo Bratt

Talisa Soto (born March 27, 1967) is an American model and actress.

Early life[edit]

Soto (birth name: Miriam Soto) was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] She is the youngest of four children born to parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico.[2] During her early childhood, her parents moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where Soto and her siblings were raised and educated.



At the age of 15, Soto signed with Click Model Management and began modeling during summer vacations. Weeks after being signed, she traveled to Paris where she appeared in a layout for Vogue shot by Bruce Weber. She returned to Northampton after the summer to resume her schooling and would continue to model on occasion until she graduated from high school.[3] She later appeared on the covers of American and British Vogue, British Elle, Mademoiselle, Glamour and Self magazines.[4]

She also appeared in her first music video with former boyfriend Nick Kamen, Madonna's "Each Time You Break My Heart", directed by Tony Viramontes.[3] Soto and Kamen were often used as models by Ray Petri: the late fashion stylist and creator of the 80's London "Buffalo Boy" look.[5]


In 1988, when Soto returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of "India" in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1989, she was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond film Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.[6]

Soto has participated in more than twenty films, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Island of the Dead as Melissa O'Keefe; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, one of Johnny Depp's many love interests in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony's music video for "I Need to Know". In 1996, Soto played the title role in the campy film Vampirella based on the comic book character.[6]

Magazine covers[edit]

In 1990, Soto was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.[7] In 1995, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue".[4] She was ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Soto married actor Costas Mandylor and they were divorced in 2000.[6] She married actor Benjamin Bratt on April 13, 2002, in San Francisco. Talisa was pregnant with his child. The two met ten years earlier during the casting audition of Blood In Blood Out and afterwards they saw each other on and off. It was not until the filming of Piñero that they began to develop a relationship. The couple have two children, a daughter Sophia Rosalinda Bratt (born 6 December 2002)[9] and a son, Mateo Bravery Bratt (born 3 October 2005) in Los Angeles.[10]


1988Spike of BensonhurstIndia
1989Licence to KillLupe Lamora
1990SilhouetteMarianna HerreraTelevision film
1992The Mambo KingsMaria Rivera
1993–1994Harts of the WestCassie15 episodes
1994Don Juan DeMarcoDoña Julia
1995Mortal KombatPrincess Kitana
1996Spy HardSeductress in Hotel RoomCredited as Desiree More
1996SunchaserNavajo Woman
1996VampirellaVampirellaDirect-to-video release
1997The Corporate LadderSusan Taylor
1997Mortal Kombat: AnnihilationPrincess KitanaAlternative title: Mortal Kombat 2
1998C-16: FBIRosemary Vargas2 episodes
2000That Summer in LAMarisabel
2000Flight of FancyMercedes MarquezAlternative titles: Facing Fear
2000Island of the DeadMelissa O'KeefeTelevision film
2002Ballistic: Ecks vs. SeverVinn/Rayne
2009La MissionAna

Awards and nominations[edit]

1989ShoWest ConventionWonFemale Star of Tomorrow
2002ALMA AwardNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PicturePiñero

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Candelaria, Cordelia; Aldama, Arturo J.; García, Peter J. (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 778. ISBN 0-313-32215-5. 
  2. ^ Miller, Samantha (2002-04-29). Benjamin's Surprise 57 (16). ISSN 0093-7673. 
  3. ^ a b "Talisa Soto: Catwalk Queen Strides To New Life". New Sunday Times: 2. 1989-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b Talisa Soto at the Fashion Model Directory
  5. ^ Limnander, Armand (2009-10-19). "Ray Petri’s Enduring Style". nytimes.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Talisa Soto Biography (1967-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "50 Most Beautiful People". People: 57. 1990-05-09. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "The 2002 Hot 100 List". maxim.com. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-12-17). "New Bratt in the House for Ben, Talisa". people.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Benjamin Bratt & Wife Have a Boy". people.com. 2005-10-07. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 

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