Elizabeth Peña Biography

Birthday: 1961-09-23
Place of Birth: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Wiki Biography: Her love for the arts came naturally as her father was a well-known playwright, actor, director and novelist, so its not hard to understand that by the time she was eight, Cuban-American Elizabeth Pena already had designs to become an actress. Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, her parents, who opened off-Broadway's Latin American Theatre Ensemble, were more than encouraging. Elizabeth attended NY's High School of the Performing Arts and found occasional work in repertory theatre and in television commercials. Her film debut in the independent Spanish-speaking feature El Super (1979) started her on a long line of feisty, rebellious characters that showed plenty of attitude. During the early 80s she played everything from a knife-threatening waitress to a disco queen as she waited for her big break. That big break came in the form of the hugely successful comedy film Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) co-starring Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte, in which she stole many scenes as the sultry, politically-minded maid Carmen who lusts for Nolte. This propelled her to move to Los Angeles where she continued to spice up both the big and small screen, including the part of Ritchie Valens' stepsister-in-law in the well-received biopic La Bamba (1987). Honors also came by Elizabeth's way when she received the Independent Spirit and Bravo awards for the film Lone Star (1996) and the ALMA Award for Tortilla Soup (2001). On TV she hasn't found the one series role to thrust her front and center. Co-starring roles in "Tough Cookies," "I Married Dora" and "Shannon's Deal" were short-lived. She is married and has two children,

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 Comedy
I Married Dora 1987 Comedy
Lone Star Pilar 1996 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 Comedy
La Bamba 1987 Drama, Music
The Waterdance 1992 Drama
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 Family, Adventure, Drama
Lone Star 1996 0, Game Show, Biography
The Second Civil War 1997 Comedy, Drama
Strangeland 1998 Reality Tv
Tortilla Soup 2001 0, 0
Down in the Valley 2005 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Transamerica 2006 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Adrift in Manhattan 2007
Love Comes Lately 2008 Comedy, Drama
Goal! II: Living The Dream Rosa Maria 2008 Drama, Sport
Goal II: Living the Dream Rosa Maria 2008 Drama, Sport
Nothing Like the Holidays Anna Rodriguez 2008 Comedy, Drama, Romance