March 27, 1967
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Desiree More|
Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the youngest of four children born to parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico. During her early childhood, her parents moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where Soto and her siblings were raised and educated.
At the age of 15, Soto signed with Click Model Management and began modeling during summer vacations. Weeks after being signed, she traveled to Paris where she appeared in a layout for Vogue shot by Bruce Weber. She returned to Northampton after the summer to resume her schooling and would continue to model on occasion until she graduated from high school. She later appeared on the covers of American and British Vogue, British Elle, Mademoiselle, Glamour and Self magazines.
She also appeared in her first music video with former boyfriend Nick Kamen, Madonna's "Each Time You Break My Heart", directed by Tony Viramontes. Soto and Kamen were often used as models by Ray Petri: the late fashion stylist and creator of the 80's London "Buffalo Boy" look.
In 1988, when Soto returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of "India" in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1989, she was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond film Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.
Soto has participated in more than twenty films, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Island of the Dead as Melissa O'Keefe; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, one of Johnny Depp's many love interests in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony's music video for "I Need to Know". In 1996, Soto played the title role in the campy film Vampirella based on the comic book character.
In 1990, Soto was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 1995, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue". She was ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.
In 1997, Soto married actor Costas Mandylor and they were divorced in 2000. She married actor Benjamin Bratt on April 13, 2002, in San Francisco. The couple have two children, a daughter Sophia Rosalinda and a son, Mateo Bravery.
|1988||Spike of Bensonhurst||India|
|1989||Licence to Kill||Lupe Lamora|
|1990||Silhouette||Marianna Herrera||Television film|
|1992||The Mambo Kings||Maria Rivera|
|1993–1994||Harts of the West||Cassie||15 episodes|
|1994||Don Juan DeMarco||Doña Julia|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Princess Kitana|
|1996||Spy Hard||Seductress in Hotel Room||Credited as Desiree More|
|1997||The Corporate Ladder||Susan Taylor|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Princess Kitana||Alternative title: Mortal Kombat 2|
|1998||C-16: FBI||Rosemary Vargas||2 episodes|
|2000||That Summer in LA||Marisabel|
|2000||Flight of Fancy||Mercedes Marquez||Alternative titles: Facing Fear
|2000||Island of the Dead||Melissa O'Keefe||Television film|
|2002||Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever||Vinn/Rayne|
Awards and nominations
|1989||ShoWest Convention||Won||Female Star of Tomorrow||
|2002||ALMA Award||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Piñero|
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- Miller, Samantha (2002-04-29). Benjamin's Surprise 57 (16). ISSN 0093-7673.
- "Talisa Soto: Catwalk Queen Strides To New Life". New Sunday Times: 2. 1989-07-23.
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- "Talisa Soto Biography (1967-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- "50 Most Beautiful People". People: 57. 1990-05-09. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- "The 2002 Hot 100 List". maxim.com. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-12-17). "New Bratt in the House for Ben, Talisa". people.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- "Benjamin Bratt & Wife Have a Boy". people.com. 2005-10-07. Retrieved 20 November 2009.