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Liz Torres -1Eliz­a­beth “Liz” Tor­res (born Sep­tem­ber 27, 1947) is an Amer­i­can actress, singer, and come­di­enne of Puer­to Rican descent.  Tor­res was born in the Bronx bor­ough of New York City where her par­ents had set­tled after mov­ing from Puer­to Rico. There she received her pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary edu­ca­tion. Tor­res start­ed her career as a come­di­an and singer work­ing the city’s night club cir­cuit with her friend Bette Midler. In 1971, she was spot­ted doing one of her acts by the pro­duc­er of John­ny Carson’s Tonight Show and invit­ed her to do a stand-up com­e­dy skit on the show. After that, she appeared on oth­er tele­vi­sion com­e­dy shows such as All in the Fam­i­ly. In 1973, she played Mor­ti­cia in The Addams Fam­i­ly Fun House, which was a musi­cal ver­sion of the orig­i­nal series. She also appeared as a reg­u­lar on Phyl­lis, Cloris Leachman’s spin-off series from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, from 1975 to 1976, replac­ing Bar­bara Col­by in the role of Julie Ersk­ine. In ear­ly 1981, she also co-starred oppo­site Mar­la Gibbs in the sit­com Check­ing In, a short-lived spin-off of The Jef­fer­sons.

Television roles

Tor­res has made over a hun­dred tele­vi­sion guest appear­ances on such shows as Ally McBeal and The Nan­ny; and has played recur­ring char­ac­ters on a num­ber of tele­vi­sion series. In 1990, she was nom­i­nat­ed for an Emmy Award for her per­for­mance as Ang­ie in the 1989 tele­vi­sion com­e­dy series The Famous Ted­dy Z, and received a Bra­vo Award for Out­stand­ing Indi­vid­ual Per­for­mance in a Com­e­dy Series. After a guest star appear­ance as a deceased singer-turned-angel on the Don­ald P. Bel­lis­ario series Quan­tum Leap, Tor­res had a recur­ring role on anoth­er Bel­lis­ario show, Tequi­la and Bonet­ti, as a psy­chic who hears the dog Tequila’s thoughts.

In 1993, she became a series reg­u­lar when cast as Mahalia Sanchez in The John Lar­ro­quette Show, a role for which she received an Emmy and Gold­en Globe Award nom­i­na­tion. Tor­res also received two nom­i­na­tions for the Amer­i­can Com­e­dy Award for the Best Tele­vi­sion Per­for­mance.

From 2000 until the series’ 2007 end, she was a semi-reg­u­lar cast mem­ber of Gilmore Girls, on which she played Stars Hollow’s res­i­dent dance teacher, Miss Pat­ty (real name Patri­cia LaCos­ta), a flam­boy­ant for­mer Broad­way dancer who was mar­ried four times and was acquaint­ed with stars such as Bette Davis, but who was lat­er more inter­est­ed in town gos­sip.

In 2007, she became a recur­ring cast mem­ber on Ugly Bet­ty, in which she plays Eve­lyn, Wil­helmi­na Slater’s long­time house­keep­er, whom Wil­helmi­na just met for the first time after hav­ing hired her in 1994.

On May 17, 2009 Tor­res guest starred as Con­nie Solis on Des­per­ate House­wives.

Films and live appearances

She made her film debut in 1969 play­ing a pros­ti­tute in a low-bud­get movie titled Utter­ly With­out Redeem­ing Social Val­ue. She has had roles in over 50 films since then. She recent­ly played “Mom” in the 2005 film West of Brook­lyn. On Broad­way, she appeared in The Ritz as Goo­gie Gomez, Man of La Man­cha as Aldon­za, and in House of Blues as Bun­ny, A Mil­lion To Juan 1994 as Mrs Del­ga­do.

Tor­res per­formed for King Has­san II of Moroc­co, and was invit­ed to the White House by Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter for America’s first Nation­al His­pan­ic Week Cel­e­bra­tion.  Tor­res resides in Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia, where she is a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of Write Act Reper­to­ry. She is also mar­ried to the movie pro­duc­er and founder of The Kush­n­er-Locke Com­pa­ny, Pete Locke.