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April 13, 1957 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Roger Squitero (1999-present)|
Early life and education
Santiago is the daughter of a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. When she was 13 years old her family moved to Homestead, Florida.
Santiago graduated from South Dade Senior High School and attended the University of Miami on a scholarship, majoring in psychology. As a University of Miami student, she became interested in acting. After graduation, she went on to post-graduate study in theater and arts at Southern Methodist University, eventually earning a master's degree. Santiago joined the company of regional summer stock theater, Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll Illinois, performing many roles including Maria in West Side Story in the 1980 season.
Santiago is best known for her role as Detective Gina Calabrese on the hit 1980s television show Miami Vice. She spent three years playing the role of crime boss Carmen Santos on the long-running CBS soap opera Guiding Light. Coincidentally, she appeared simultaneously in a recurring role on The Sopranos as Tony Soprano's next door neighbor, Jeannie Cusamano, and as her twin sister, Joan.
Saundra also had a role in the movie Beat Street (1984) as Carmen Carraro, the girlfriend of Ramo the graffiti artist.
Additionally, on television, Santiago did a short-term role on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live after leaving Guiding Light. She was a guest star on Law & Order in the 1992 episode "Prince of Darkness" (episode 3.8) and in the 2004 episode "Veteran's Day" (episode 14.15). In 2009, she returned to One Life to Live, taking over the role of Carlotta Vega. In 2012, she takes the role of Mrs. D'agostino in Person of Interest, episode 7.
- http://www.cubanow.net/pages/articulo.php?item=10155 Saundra Santiago, an Actress of Cuban Origin on Miami Vice and The Sopranos
- "One Life to Live: Patricia Mauceri Out, Saundra Santiago In!". Soaps.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
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