Wanda De Jesus

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Wanda De Jesus
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De Jesus at the 2013 Imagen Awards
Born (1958-08-26) August 26, 1958 (age 57)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986-present
Partner(s) Jimmy Smits (1986-present)

Wanda De Jesus (born August 26, 1958) is an American actress. She is most notably recognized for her role as the fourth actress to portray Santana Andrade in NBC's soap opera Santa Barbara. Aside from her work on soap operas, De Jesus appeared in several TV shows in a guest starring role, and she had a recurring role on the CBS crime series CSI: Miami as MDPD Detective Adelle Sevilla. On the week of June 14, 2010, she made her debut on All My Children as Iris Blanco, the mayor of Pine Valley. In 2010, De Jesus was cast as the head of the police squad on Law & Order: Los Angeles, but the role – which had already been changed significantly before De Jesus joined – was changed again and reshot with a different actress after two episodes had been filmed.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1989 Prime Target Unknown role TV Movie
1990 Downtown Luisa Diaz
RoboCop 2 Estevez
1991 Fatal Friendship Darlene TV Movie
1994 The Glass Shield Carmen Munoz
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Leslie Moore
1997 Executive Power Debra Shelly Direct-to-video
Gold Coast Vivian Onzola TV Movie
1999 Time to Pay Magdalena Scanlon Direct-to-video
The Insider Geologist/FBI Woman
Flawless Karen
2000 Once in the Life Jackie
2001 Almost a Woman Mami TV Movie
Ghost of Mars Akooshay
2002 Blood Work Graciella Rivers
2005 Detective Sanchez TV Movie
2007 Illegal Tender Millie
2009 The Ministers Captain Diaz
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Another World Gomez
1987 Mariah Lucy Recurring Role
L.A. Law Ms. Santiago 1 episode
1988 Pursuit of Happiness Mrs. Lopez
Tales from the Darkside Voice on Phone
1990 Singer & Sons Mary Garza
Lifestories Dr. Duran
Lucky Chances Suzita
Matlock Alana Leon 1 episode
1991 Equal Justice Suzanne Gardner
1991–1992 Santa Barbara Santana Andrade #4
1992 Civil Wars Unknown Role 1 episode
1995 Babylon 5 Sarah
Live Shot Liz Vega
SeaQuest DSV Commander Pamela Lopez 1 episode
1996 Touched by an Angel Sue Cheney
NYPD Blue Det. Martina Escobar
Spider-Man Dr. Sylvia Lopez (voice)
Diagnosis Murder Detective Emma Lopez
Profiler Catherine Evers
1997 Brooklyn South Detective Marina McConnell
Nash Bridges Agent Janet Reynolds
1998 Vengeance Unlimited District Attorney Rosalie Hanson
1999 Promised Land Nina Charles
2000 Penascola: Wings of Gold Alison Ali
2001–2002 Thieves Katrina Epstein Recurring Role
2002 First Monday Lawyer 1 episode
2002–2003 CSI: Miami Detective Adell Sevilla 10 Episodes
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales Pilot Episode
All My Children Iris Blanco Recurring Role
2012 Sons of Anarchy Carla Recurring Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1996 NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Live Shot
2003 Imagen Award Best Actress in a Television Film Won Almost a Woman
2004 Best Actress in a Film Nominated Illegal Tender


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