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Roselyn Sanchez Biography

Roselyn Sanchez was born on April 2nd, 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She grew up there with her mother, father (a marketing businessman) and three older brothers. Despite a lifelong interest in the entertainment industry, Roselyn decided to study marketing at the University of Puerto Rico, in order to do what her brothers had not done -- namely, take over the family business. After three years, however, she decided to quit, and pursued her dreams by studying acting, singing and dancing.

homeland celebrity

In the mid-'90s, she landed a spot as dancer and co-host of Puerto Rico's No. 1 comedy-variety show, Que Vacilon, which brought her fame in her native country. Her good looks brought her success in other areas, too, particularly beauty pageants. She was named Miss Puerto Rico Petite in 1993, and the following year she represented her country and became Miss America Petite 1994.

Having done so well in her homeland, Sanchez then decided to go for the big time and left Puerto Rico for New York. Getting started was as difficult for her as it is for any aspiring actor, but she soon found her way by working on her one-woman show, Out Here On My Own, and appearing in the 1992 comedy Captain Ron, as an Island Girl. Perhaps more substantially, she won the first Latina role in the almost 50-year history of the soap opera, As the World Turns, and portrayed Pilar Domingo from 1996 to 1997.

can't beat the rush

After a handful of other relatively small roles on television (including Fame L.A. and Ryan Caulfield: Year One) and in the small-budget film Held Up, Roselyn got her breakthrough in 2001 with Rush Hour 2, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. In the sequel to the Hollywood blockbuster, she plays an undercover secret service agent who performs challenging fight scenes and even strips down to her lingerie. By all accounts, she had hit the big time.

Sanchez did not hesitate to capitalize on her newfound stardom. She appeared in no less than five films between 2002 and 2003. In Boat Trip she played the straight lady to the comedic antics of Cuba Gooding Jr., while in Nightstalker she covered the thriller genre.

After her latest big-budget film, Basic, with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, Roselyn enjoyed the release of two films featuring the Spanish tongue: Chasing Papi (co-starring fellow hotties Sofia Vergara and Jaci Velasquez) and Angel, a Puerto Rican production. She can now be seen on the modern version of TV's Dragnet, as Detective Lisa Macias.


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