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 Title Role Notes
1990 Downtown Luisa Diaz
1990 RoboCop 2 Estevez
1994 Glass Shield, TheThe Glass Shield Carmen Munoz
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Leslie Moore
1997 Executive Power Debra Skelly Video
1999 Time to Pay Magdalena Scanlon Video
1999 Flawless Karen
2000 Once in the Life Jackie
2001 Ghosts of Mars Akooshay
2002 Blood Work Graciella Rivers
2007 Illegal Tender Millie De Leon
2009 Ministers, TheThe Ministers Capt. Diaz
2013 Water & Power Officer Siler


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Another World Gomez TV series
1987 Mariah Leda Cervantes Regular role
1987 L.A. Law Ms. Santiago "The Wizard of Odds"
1988 The Pursuit of Happiness Mrs. Lopez "That Pair of Eyes"
1988 Tales from the Darkside Telephone (voice) "Payment Overdue"
1990 Singer & Sons Mary Garza "Our's Not to Reason Why Shmy"
1990 Lucky Chances Suzita TV miniseries
1990 Lifestories Dr. Duran "Frank Brody"
1990 Matlock Alana Leon "The Fighter"
1991 Equal Justice Suzanne Garner "Opening Farewell"
1991 Fatal Friendship Darlene TV film
1991-1992 Santa Barbara Santana Andrade Main role
1992 Civil Wars Linda Rodriguez "Tape Fear"
1995 Babylon 5 Sarah "Hunter, Prey"
1995 SeaQuest DSV Comm. Pamela Lopez "Chains of Command"
1995 Live Shot Liz Vega Regular role
1996 Touched by an Angel Sue Cheney "Jacob's Ladder"
1996 NYPD Blue Det. Martina Escobar "Girl Talk"
1996 Spider-Man Dr. Sylvia Lopez (voice) "Sins of the Fathers Chapter 12: The Spot"
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Det. Emma Lopez "Murder in the Family"
1996 Profiler Catherine Evers "Cruel and Unusual"
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Xochitl (voice) "The Shoemaker and the Elves"
1997 Gold Coast Vivian Onzola TV film
1997 Brooklyn South Det. Marina McConnell "A Reverend Runs Through It"
1997 Nash Bridges Agent Janet Reynolds "Bombshell"
1998 Vengeance Unlimited District Atty. Rosalie Hanson "Dishonorable Discharge"
1999 Promised Land Nina Charles "Finale"
2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Ali "At Poverty Level"
2002 Almost a Woman Mami TV film
2002 Thieves Katrina Epstein "The Green and the Black", "Home Is Where the Heist Is"
2002-2003 CSI: Miami Det. Adell Sevilla Recurring role
2005 Detective Sanchez TV film
2010 Law & Order: LA Lt. Arleen Gonzalez "Hollywood"
2010 All My Children Iris Blanco Recurring role
2012 Sons of Anarchy Carla Recurring role
2013 Blue Cynthia "Everything Is a Test"
2015 Letter Never Sent Edith TV film

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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