Yareli Arizmendi

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Yareli Arizmendi is a Cuban-Mexican-American actress, writer, and director.

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Yareli Arizmendi was born in Mexico and is married to Sergio Arau whom she met on the set of Like Water for Chocolate. Her most notable roles are as Rosaura in the film Like Water for Chocolate.[1] Her one woman show Nostalgia Maldita: 1-900- Mexico was performed on a stairmaster. Moving through many characters Yareli details how she wound up on the other side of the border in her pursuit of Donny Osmond.[2] She also starred in the 2004 film A Day Without a Mexican which she wrote and produced with her husband Sergio Arau who directed it.

“The function of art is to renew our perceptions. The role of the artist is not to say or show what we can all speak or see, but that which we are unable to reveal” –Anais Nin Yareli Arizmendi

Award winning film and television actress Yareli Arizmendi is regarded as one of the most talented and respected actresses of the modern era. Arizmendi is best known for her tour de force performances in Like Water for Chocolate, the cult classic A Day Without a Mexican and Emmy-winning television shows such as Six Feet Under, Heroes, House, The Agency, 24, Medium, NYPD Blue and Chicago Hope.[citation needed]

Born in Mexico, raised in the United States, the grand dame of Latin American cinema had to coin a word, AmeXican to describe herself.

"It is a declaration of identity for the 21st century; my own account on how I prepared to wage battle in a world spilling over its human-made borders," explains Yareli.

Forever committed to social change, she worked with Luis Valdez and Teatro Campesino and toured with Teatro de la Esperanza to Nicaragua. She translated and staged Latin American plays, as well as developed bilingual in-schools programs with The Old Globe Theater.

In 1995 Arizmendi received the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette Award for Outstanding Achievement and Professional Development from Princess Caroline of Monaco. Her PBS Series Nostalgia Maldita 1-900-Mexico is based on a one-woman show that received critical acclaim in the United States.

Recent work includes the motion pictures Don’t Let me Drown and AMERICA with Edward James Olmos. Arizmendi is also promoting the film Naco es Chido a movie destined to be a classic of Latin cinema.

Arizmendi received a BA in Political Science and her MFA in Theatre at University of California, San Diego.

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