|Roseanne "Rosie" Vela|
December 18, 1952
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Model, actress, singer-songwriter|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
Early Life, Education & Career
Vela's family later moved to Arkansas, where she attended the University of Arkansas. While studying art and music, Vela also began modeling. She married the Arkansas born musician, Jimmy Roberts, but he died of cancer shortly after. Following this, Vela moved to New York where her modeling career took off and she graced the covers of various magazines from the 1970s onwards, and has appeared in numerous television commercials.
'Elle' – December 5, 1977; 'Marie Claire' - October 1975;
'Vogue' - October 1981; 'Vogue' - July 1983;
'Harper's Bazaar' - September 1982; 'Harper's Bazaar Speciale Shopping' - December 1982; 'Vogue Tutto Valentino ' - March 1983; 'Vogue Belezza' - April 1983; 'Vogue' - September 1984; 'Vogue' - August 1992; 'Amica' -no35 August 1982; 'Cosmopolitan' March 1982; 'Cosmopolitan' February 1987;
'Modern Bride' Aug-Sept 1975; 'Vogue' - August 1975; 'Vogue' - October 1975; 'Vogue' - February 1976; 'Vogue' - April 1976; 'Vogue' - August 1976; 'Vogue' - November 1976; 'Vogue' - January 1977; 'Vogue' - May 1977; 'Vogue' - October 1977; 'Vogue' - January 1978; 'Vogue' - June 1978; 'Vogue' - September 1978; 'Vogue' - December 1978; 'Vogue Real-Life Fashion Guide' - 1977; 'Vogue Real-Life Fashion Guide' - 1978; 'Vogue Beauty/ Health Guide' - Spring-Summer 1979; 'Vogue Patterns' May/June 1977; 'Vogue Patterns' September/ October 1977; 'Vogue Patterns' September/ October 1978; 'Vogue Patterns' November/ December 1978; 'New Woman' - July 1994; 'Town & Country' - July 1993; 'Ultra' - April 1987; 'New York' - August 25, 1980; 'Newsweek' - May 8, 1978; 'Glamour' - April 1987; 'In Fashion' - May/ June 1987; 'First' - August 22, 1994; 'Living Fit' - April 1997;
Turning her attention to music, Vela built a home recording studio for herself and signed a recording contract with A&M Records. She released her debut album, Zazu, in 1986. The entire album was written or co-written by Vela, and was produced by Gary Katz. It is also notable for the fact that it included contributions from both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (two of Vela's musical heroes) - five years after they had disbanded their group Steely Dan. Though the album went largely unnoticed in the U.S., it fared better in Europe, and a single from the album, "Magic Smile", was a Top 30 hit in the UK Singles Chart. The album itself peaked at #20 in the UK Albums Chart, and was certified silver by the BPI in March 1987. Further singles, "Interlude" and "Fool's Paradise" met with less success.
Following Zazu, Vela did not release any further recordings, but has since become a backing vocalist for other musicians, including Electric Light Orchestra on their 2001 album Zoom. Vela also performed a few shows with the band, and was (for a time) in a relationship with ELO's frontman Jeff Lynne.
Vela has also appeared in several films, including Heaven's Gate (as the "beautiful girl" that makes Kris Kristofferson's character fall in love during Harvard's graduation ceremony scene), The Two Jakes, and costarred in Inside Edge opposite Michael Madsen.