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Ana Ortiz        

Puerto Rican American Actress and Singer; Known for her Role in "Ugly Betty" & "Devious Maids"

Ana Ortiz is a Puerto Rican American actress and singer. She is a native of Manhattan, New York but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her breakout role came as Hilda Suarez, the sister to the title character in ABC's "Ugly Betty." The role earned her the ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007.

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

Switching to singing, Ortiz attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the school of "Fame") 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 Dali Make Me Hot."

On television, Ortiz's resume includes "NYPD Blue," "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman," "ER" and her first full-time series role, Kristin and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Ortiz found major success on "Ugly Betty" which ran for four seasons. She currently stars on Lifetime's "Devious Maids" from creator Marc Cherry.

Ortiz lives in Los Angeles, California. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, softball, water sports, and writes poetry. She married musician Noah Lebenzon on June 9, 2007 in Rincón, Puerto Rico.

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