Coll at the 2015 PaleyFest presentation for Jane the Virgin
|Born||Ivonne Coll Mendoza
June 18, 1947
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Ivonne Coll (born June 18, 1947) is a Puerto Rican actress. She was Miss Puerto Rico in 1967 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant the same year. She later became an actress, appearing in films like The Godfather Part II and Lean on Me and TV series like Switched at Birth. In 2014, Coll began starring as the title character's grandmother in the CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin.
Coll was born Ivonne Coll Mendoza  in Fajardo, Puerto Rico where she received her primary and secondary education. She was an honor student and graduated from Nuestra Señora del Pilar school. She then enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico (Universidad de Puerto Rico) where she studied Social Sciences. Coll started her career as a fashion model. In 1966, she represented Fajardo in the Miss Puerto Rico pageant and won.
1971—1975: A girl named Ivonne Coll
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At the end of 1971, the owner of television channel 11 in Puerto Rico, Mr. Rafael Perez Perry spotted Ivonne's talent. Channel 11's competitor had a show with a young starlet by the name of Iris Chacón. Perez Perry believed that Coll could have a show of her own that would be able to compete with the other channels and with Chacon's show. Therefore, he sponsored the show which was called "Una chica llamada Ivonne Coll" ("A girl named Ivonne Coll") and which ran from 1971 to 1975.
In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she took dance and singing classes in the Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts. She landed a part in a theater play called "Burning Beach", which was presented in the American Place Theater.
Career in the United States
In 1979, Coll moved back to New York, where she participated in various Off Broadway productions such as: Spain 1980, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. In New York, film director Francis Ford Coppola recruited her for the role of "Yolanda", a Havana night club singer in The Godfather II. Although her role was small, the experience would serve her well in the future. She was credited as "Yvonne Coll".
In 1989, she played a minor role of a teacher named Mrs. Santos, in the film "Lean on Me" written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. She participated in the following productions: Orinoco, The Masses Are Asses (a play by Pedro Pietri), Medio Comuñas, Goodbye Castro, and Pancho Diablo (with Fernando Allende and Sully Diaz).
She won an ACE Award for best actress for Orinoco. When not acting, Coll attended the HB Studio and Lee Strasberg's Acting Studio. Among the television series on which she appeared were: Pacific Blue, Crisis Center, An American Family, The Bold and the Beautiful, Chicago Hope, Malibu Shores, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, and Under Cover.
When Coll returned to Puerto Rico, she was invited to participate in La verdadera historia de Pedro Navaja and Paper Flowers. She had a role in the locally produced film, La gran Fiesta (The Grand Party), and in the TV show Cuqui. In 2002, she appeared in the film Besos de Fuego. In October 2006, she played the title role in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage at the Berkeley Rep Theater in Berkeley, California. From 2011 to 2014, she had the recurring roles on Switched at Birth, Glee, and Teen Wolf. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Coll become part of the main cast as Alba Villanueva, grandmother of Jane Villanueva, in the CW comedy series, Jane the Virgin.
|1974||The Godfather Part II||Yolanda|
|1985||La Gran Fiesta||Dona Tula|
|1989||Lean on Me||Mrs. Santos|
|1990||A Killer Among Us||Francine Cortez||Television film|
|1995||As Good as Dead||Mexican Woman||Television film|
|1996||The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca||Angelina Gonzalez|
|1997||Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy||Officer Wilcox||Television film|
|1999||In Too Deep||Mrs. Batista|
|2000||Waking the Dead||Gisela Higgens|
|2000||Michael Angel||Killan's Mother|
|2004||Jesus the Driver||Marisol|
|2007||De pura cepa||Carmen||Short film|
|2009||The Night Girl||Esperanza||Short film|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Gypsy Crone||Television film|
|1971-1975||A girl named Ivonne Coll||Herself|
|1990||DEA||Mrs. Clemente||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|1990||The Flash||Carmen Hijuelos||Episode: "Child's Play"|
|1990||Gabriel's Fire||Dr. Luisa Hernandez / Mrs. Pena||Episodes: "Money Walks" and "Judgements"|
|1991||Wings||Mooshta||Episode: "Duet for Cello and Plane"|
|1994||L.A. Law||Judge Leslie Peyton||Episode: "Silence Is Golden"|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Mrs. Ponce||Episode: "Wild Cards"|
|1996||Malibu Shores||Mrs. Martinez||Episodes: "Cheating Hearts" and "The Competitive Edge"|
|1996-1997||The Bold and the Beautiful||Alicia Cortéz||Recurring role|
|1997||Crisis Center||Janie Sheppard||Episodes: "Where Truth Lies" and "Shots"|
|1996-1998||Pacific Blue||Rosa Del Toro||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|1999||The Practice||Dr. Maria Hernandez||Episode: "Committed"|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Sonia Lopez||Episode: "The Man with Two Right Shoes"|
|2000||City of Angels||Miss Hernandez||Episodes: "Weenis Between Us" and "The High Cost of Living"|
|2001||The Huntress||Nelda Ramos||Episode: "Run Ricky Run"|
|2001||Roswell||Ms. Ramirez||Episodes: "Significant Others" and "To Have and to Hold"|
|2001-2002||The Division||Mrs. Ramirez / Elaine Hunt||Episodes: "There But for Fortune" and "Secrets, Lies and Weddings"|
|2003||Judging Amy||Nurse Abby Corazon||Episode: "Judging Eric"|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Vanessa's Therapist||Episode: "Death Works Overtime"|
|2003||Skin||Amelia||Episodes: "Secrets & Lies" and "Endorsement"|
|2003||Joan of Arcadia||Marlene||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Concebida Hernandez||Episode: "Neither Rain Nor Sleet"|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Knitting Grandmother||Episode: "One Angry Veronica"|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Salazar||Episode: "Dreamland"|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marsha Kendric||Episode: "Poppin' Tags"|
|2007||Dirt||Cleaning Lady||Episode: "This Is Not Your Father's Hostage Situation"|
|2007||Heroes||Nidia||Episode: "Chapter Two 'Lizards'"|
|2008||The Young and the Restless||Rosa Flinn||Recurring role|
|2009||ER||Grandmother||Episode: "And in the End..."|
|2010||Cold Case||Sonia Espinosa||Episode: "Bombers"|
|2011-2014||Switched at Birth||Adriana Vasquez||Recurring role, 28 episodes|
|2014||Teen Wolf||Araya Calavera||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2011-2015||Glee||Alma Lopez||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2014—present||Jane the Virgin||Alba Villanueva||Series regular
Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television (2015)
- This name uses Spanish marriage naming customs; the first is the paternal family name "Coll" and the second or maternal family name is Mendoza".
- Profile at Fundacion Nacional de la Cultura Popular, prpop.org; accessed November 8, 2014.
- “Glee” gets a (controversial) injection of Latina flavor from Ivonne Coll
- Profile: Goodman theatre, goodmantheatre.org; accessed November 8, 2014.
- Ivonne Coll at the Internet Movie Database
- "VUDU - Watch Movies". Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- The Deadline Team. "David Cross Set For Fox’s ‘Dead Boss'; ABC’s Richard LaGravenese & CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Add To Casts - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
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