Charlotte Ayanna

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Charlotte Ayanna
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Charlotte Lopez
(1976-09-25) September 25, 1976 (age 38)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation Film and television actress, beauty queen
Title(s) Miss Vermont Teen USA 1993
Miss Teen USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss Vermont Teen USA 1993
(Winner)
Miss Teen USA 1993
(Winner)

Charlotte Ayanna (née Lopez; born September 25, 1976) is a Puerto Rican American actress and former Miss Teen USA.

Early life[edit]

Ayanna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but moved to Vermont at an early age. She had a troubled childhood, spending sixteen years in foster homes after her mother, Emma, was judged to be mentally unfit to look after her children.[1] In 1994, at age 17, she was adopted into a foster home.[2][3] She has since become a spokeswoman for foster children.

Career[edit]

Her first national exposure was in 1993, when she became Miss Teen USA.[4] Charlotte co-authored a book titled Lost in the System, published in 1996, detailing her childhood and subsequent rise to Miss Teen USA. She later changed her last name to "Ayanna", meaning "blessed" in Cherokee.[5]

Following her pageant victory, she made guest appearances on television shows including Weird Science and Entourage. She also appeared in the music video for fellow Puerto Rican Ricky Martín's hit She's All I Ever Had. She also starred opposite Martin Freeman from The Office in the Parisian band, Ilya's music video, Bellissima.

Her film roles include Jawbreaker (1999), The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000), Kate & Leopold (2001), Training Day (as Ethan Hawke's wife), and Love the Hard Way (2003) with Adrien Brody. She also starred with Sean Patrick Flanery as the sexy vampiress in the horror-made-for-DVD movie The Insatiable (2007).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Trojan War Nina
1998 Telling You Allison Fazio
1999 Jawbreaker Elizabeth 'Liz' Purr
1999 Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2 Tracy
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Jessie
2001 Stealing Time Samantha 'Sam' Parkes AKA, Rennie's Landing
2001 Love the Hard Way Claire Harrison
2001 Training Day Lisa
2001 Kate & Leopold Patrice
2002 Spun Amy
2005 Once Upon a Wedding Margarita
2006 Push Lisa
2006 Push, TheThe Push Macey
2006 No. 6 Mila Short film
2007 Insatiable, TheThe Insatiable Tatiana
2010 Errand boy Candi Short film
2010 Rain from Stars Nora

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Weird Science Annie Episode: "Dead Can Dance"
1996 Weird Science Jessie
Wendy
Episode: "Puppet Love"
Episode: "Phantom Scampi"
1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Beth Rawlings Episode: "Here We Go Again"
1996 Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey Show Jody Episode: "Pool Sharks Git Bit"
1996 Secret World of Alex Mack, TheThe Secret World of Alex Mack Hannah Mercury Episode: "The Understudy"
1997 Secret World of Alex Mack, TheThe Secret World of Alex Mack Hannah Mercury Episode: "Without Feathers"
1998 Profiler Kristen Episode: "Cravings"
2004 Entourage Joanne Episode: "Date Night"

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2002 she won the Best Actress award at the Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films for Love the Hard Way (2001) tied with Kajol for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001).

Won best actress of the season, at The Equity Dorset Summer Theater Festival for her role as Brook Ashton in the farce, Noises Off.

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

Diane Sawyer Turning Point Documentary, The Charlotte Lopez Story "Can Dreams Come True" for ABC.

Aug 1993 USA Today

Good Morning America with Joan Lunden, August 1993

Today Show, August 1993

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