Category: Famous Boricuas

Jennifer Lopez

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Jen­nifer Lynn Muñiz (née Lopez; born July 24, 1969) is an Amer­i­can enter­tain­er, busi­ness­woman, phil­an­thropist and pro­duc­er. She became inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing a career in the enter­tain­ment indus­try fol­low­ing a minor role in the 1986 film My Lit­tle Girl, to the dis­may of her Puer­to Rican par­ents, who believed that it was an unre­al­is­tic career route for a His­pan­ic. Lopez gained her first reg­u­lar high-pro­file job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Liv­ing Col­or in 1991, where she remained a reg­u­lar until she decid­ed to pur­sue an act­ing career in 1993. She received...

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Sam Parrilla

Samuel (Mon­je) Par­il­la (June 12, 1943 in San­turce, Puer­to Rico — Feb­ru­ary 9, 1994 in Brook­lyn, New York USA) was a left field­er and pinch-hit­ter for the Philadel­phia Phillies in 1970. He played in the minor leagues from 1963 to 1972.     His daugh­ter is actress Lana Par­ril­la. Minor league career Par­ril­la was orig­i­nal­ly signed by the Cleve­land Indi­ans as an undraft­ed free agent in 1963. He spent ten sea­sons in the minor leagues, until 1972, hit­ting .282 with 104 home runs, 165 dou­bles and 36 triples in 1,039 games.  Per­haps his best sea­son was 1969, when he hit .383 with 28...

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Dayanara Torres

Daya­nara Tor­res Del­ga­do (born Octo­ber 28, 1974) is a Puer­to Rican actress, singer, mod­el, writer and for­mer Miss Uni­verse.  Tor­res was dis­cov­ered at age 17 while walk­ing through the Plaza de Toa Alta in her home­town, and was invit­ed to rep­re­sent Toa Alta in the annu­al Miss Puer­to Rico pageant. She won the pageant and the right to rep­re­sent Puer­to Rico in the 1993 Miss Uni­verse pageant. In 1992, she par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Miss Inter­na­tion­al pageant and became a semi-final­ist. The same year, she earned sec­ond place at the Queen of the World con­test. Tor­res won the crown in...

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Iris Chacón

Iris Chacón (born March 7, 1950 in Puer­to Rico) is a dancer, singer, and enter­tain­er. She enjoys great pop­u­lar­i­ty in Puer­to Rico (where she had a week­ly vari­ety show for more than a decade) and in oth­er Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries, as well as such U.S. locales as New York, Mia­mi, and Los Ange­les. Career Cha­con has been known by var­i­ous nick­names, such as “La Bom­ba de Puer­to Rico” (The Puer­to Rican Bomb­shell), and “La Vedette de Amer­i­ca” (America’s Show­girl). Dur­ing her hey­day in the 1970s and ear­ly 1980s, she toured most of Latin Amer­i­ca, the USA, Europe and Japan. She...

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Zoe Saldana

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Zoe Yadi­ra Sal­daña Nazario (/sæl?dæn?/ sal-DAN-?; born June 19, 1978), known as Zoë Sal­dana or Zoe Sal­dana, is an Amer­i­can actress. She had her break­through roles in the 2000 film Cen­ter Stage and the 2002 film Cross­roads. She lat­er gained promi­nence for her roles as Ana­maria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the young Uhu­ra in the 2009 film Star Trek, and Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar and its upcom­ing sequels. Ear­ly life   Sal­dana was born Zoe Yadi­ra Sal­daña Nazario in Pas­sa­ic, New Jer­sey. Her late father, Aridio...

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