Designs for the Cure Gala, October 2011
|Born||Sara Elena Ramírez
August 31, 1975
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
|Alma mater||San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Spouse(s)||Ryan Debolt (m. 2012)|
Sara Elena Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsaɾa eˈlena raˈmiɾes]; born August 31, 1975) is a Mexican-American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2006–16), and as the original Lady of the Lake in the 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Ramirez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in the northwestern coast of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Her father was Mexican and her mother was of Mexican and Irish-American descent. When Ramirez was eight years old, her mother took her to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California, where they settled. After completing the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, Ramirez attended and graduated from the Juilliard School (B.F.A. '97, drama) in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress. Ramirez speaks both Spanish and English fluently.
She debuted on Broadway playing Wahzinak in Paul Simon's The Capeman (1998). In 1999, she appeared in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (1999) and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her role. She has also appeared in A Class Act (2001) and Dreamgirls (2001), and in 2002 she performed in The Vagina Monologues with Tovah Feldshuh and Suzanne Bertish.
In 1998, she played the voice of Lammy in the video game UmJammer Lammy, a spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper, both on Sony's PlayStation console. She later reprised her role as Lammy in the PlayStation 2 video game sequel PaRappa the Rapper 2, and has a smaller role, unlike the game that preceded it.
In 2004, Ramirez was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the Eric Idle/John Du Prez musical Spamalot, based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 to widespread acclaim, and Ramirez in particular was singled out for her performance, winning several awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Following her success on Broadway, Ramirez joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Calliope 'Callie' Torres in the show's second season. For the third season she became a series regular. On a special Grey's Anatomy-themed episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she revealed that top executives from ABC loved her performance in Spamalot so much that they offered her a role in any ABC show she wanted. She picked Grey's, of which she was a fan. Ramirez provided a cappella vocals in the song "Silent Night" for the soundtrack of the show's sixth season episode "Holidaze," airing November 19, 2009. On December 21, 2009, this version of the song was released as a single on iTunes. Ramirez's voice was also showcased in the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, Ep. 718 "Song Beneath the Song", which aired March 31, 2011. Her solo music debut was an extended play released on March 27, 2011 through the iTunes Store. It included three original songs, as well as a recording of "The Story", performed on the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy. After 10 seasons on Grey's Anatomy, Sara left the show with season 12 being her last.
On June 17, 2011, Ramirez and longtime partner, Ryan DeBolt, a business analyst at TIMEC, got engaged in Paris, France. They were married on July 4, 2012 in a private beachside ceremony in New York. On October 8, 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual at the #40ToNone summit.
Film and television
|1998||You've Got Mail||Rose|
|1999||UmJammer Lammy||Lammy (voice)||Video Game|
|2000||Star Patrol||Lieutenant Vena||TV movie|
|2000||Spin City||Carol Quinn||Episode: "About Last Night"|
|2000||Third Watch||Gwen Girard||Episode: "The Tys That Bind"|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Linda||Episode: "The Crier"|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mrs. Barrera||Episode: "Baby Killer"|
|2001||PaRappa the Rapper 2||Lammy (voice)||Video game|
|2002||Spider-Man||Police officer at carjacking|
|2002||Baseball Wives||Gabriella Martinez||TV movie|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lisa Perez||Episode: "Chameleon"|
|2003||Naked Hotel||Unknown||TV movie|
|2003||As the World Turns||Hannah||1 episode|
|2003||When Ocean Meets Sky||Peggy Fears (voice)|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Irma Pacheco||Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"|
|2006–2016||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Callie Torres||Recurring (Season 2)
Main Cast (Season 3–12): 238 episodes
|2013–present||Sofia the First||Queen Miranda (voice)|
|2016||Elena and the Secret of Avalor||Queen Miranda (voice)||TV movie|
|1998||The Capeman||Wahzinak||Marquis Theatre; January 29 – March 28, 1998|
|1999||The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm||Performer||Longacre Theatre; April 25 – May 9, 1999|
|2001||A Class Act||Felicia||Ambassador Theatre; March 11 – June 10, 2001|
|2001||Dreamgirls||Ensemble||Ford Center for the Performing Arts; September 24, 2001|
|2002||The Vagina Monologues||Performer||Westside Theatre; November 12 – December 1, 2002|
|2005||Spamalot||The Lady of the Lake||Shubert Theatre; February 14 – December 18, 2005|
Awards and nominations
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
Other charted songs
|Song||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"The Story"||2011||69||2||[A]||72||94||34||Sara Ramirez|
|2005||Monty Python's Spamalot [Original Broadway Cast Recording]||69||—|
|2011||Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event||24||5|
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
- "The Story" did not enter the Austrian chart (Ö3 Austria Top 40), but peaked at No. 7 on the Austria Digital Songs chart.
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- Gans, Andrew (March 25, 2011). "Tony Winner Sara Ramirez's EP Will Be Available on ITunes March 27". Playbill. Philip S Birsh. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- Chaney, Jen (June 24, 2011). "Sara Ramirez engaged; Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price expecting baby". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- Hernandez, Lee (July 9, 2012). "Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy Star, is Married! (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- "Tony Winner and Grey's Anatomy Star Sara Ramirez Ties the Knot!". Broadway.com. Broadway.com. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- Erin Rook (October 8, 2016). "'Grey's Anatomy' star Sara Ramirez comes out as bisexual and queer". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- Sara Ramirez [SaraRamirez] (October 8, 2016). "#40ToNoneSummit #SpeakingMyTruth! Will post full video of speech soon! #ThankYou @TrueColorsFund #WomanOfColor #Bisexual #Queer #Immigrant" (Tweet). Retrieved October 8, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Caulfield, Keith; Trust, Gary (April 7, 2011). "Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Rihanna, Elton John, Lil Wayne, Celtic Thunder". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "Independent Albums: Week of April 16, 2010". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "ALBUMS : Top 100". JAM! Music. Nielsen Soundscan. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- "Silent Night". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "Canadian Hot 100: Week of April 16, 2010 (Biggest Jump)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 7 April 2011". Chart-Track. GfK. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
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