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America Ferrera          

Award-Winning Actress & Producer; Humanitarian

Speaker America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of "Betty Suarez" on the ABC hit comedy "Ugly Betty," but she is also a devoted humanitarian who dedicates her time, energy, and dazzling star power to generating attention to the causes that are near and dear to her heart, particularly those impacting children and their education.

A gifted and fearless actress, Ferrera received a Special Jury Award for acting with her debut in "Real Women Have Curves," a performance she followed up with roles in such films as Lords of "Dogtown," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," and the Oscar-nominated animated film "How to Train Your Dragon." She appeared in "The Dry Land," which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and which Ferrera also executive produced.

Ferrera recently wrapped production on Diego Luna's biography, "Chavez," which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, Ferrera starred opposite Michael Pena and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann.

Ferrera can be seen in the television series for PBS and international broadcast, the "Half The Sky project." Ferrera joins reporter Nicholas Kristof, and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde in an inspiring program that captivates the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change.

In tandem with her work on the series, Ferrera served as ambassador on a campaign called "America4America" joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aims to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter ID laws, education, and immigration.

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America Ferrera Graduating From College After 10 Years ...

"It's finally happening! Took me 10 years, but it feels great," the Ugly Betty star tweeted of her imminent graduation from the University of Southern California.

America Ferrera Eyes TV Comeback On ABC

America Ferrera may return to ABC. The former "Ugly Betty" actress' telenovela project "Pedro & Maria" is in development at the broadcast network as a potential  ...

Why America Ferrera Is Saying 'Thank You!' to Donald Trump - ABC ...

Actress and activist America Ferrera joined the growing ranks of Donald Trump opponents today, arguing in an online missive that the real estate mogul's recent  ...

America Ferrera: Other Women Are Life Partners, Not Competition

America Ferrera knows just how valuable it can be to forge bonds between women.

In conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at the MAKERS conference on Monday night, Ferrera spoke about how she has been influenced by women over the course of her life. She was raised primarily by her mother, who she described as "an incredible force of nature," in a house of six children -- five of whom were girls. "There were so many women in my life," said Ferrera. "Strong women -- not always mentally sane women -- but strong women."

Latino Celebrities Speak Out Against Anti-Immigrant Fear-Mongering

Today, celebrities including Benjamin Bratt, Ivonne Coll, America Ferrera, Dolores Huerta, George Lopez, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, Carlos Santana, and others released an open letter calling on Latino communities to stand up to the anti-immigrant fear mongering of the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrera Defy Her Inner Critic

It wasn’t a dream. I was standing onstage holding an Emmy. I’d imagined being in this room, clutching this statue ever since watching my first Emmy broadcast at 7 years old. Now, I was actually at the podium and accepting the award on national television. It was 2007, and I was 23. I had worked very hard to get this far, I was shooting 16-hour days to make “Ugly Betty,” and I was loving every minute of it.

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