The amazing star, Wanda De Jesus, is a popular American actress who is best known for her role in movies and reality TV series. She became famous in 2007 when she starred in the movie called Illegal Tender. The film also earned her an Imagen Award.
Wanda made her acting debut in 1986 when she appeared in the series Another World. In the 1990s she was the lead actress in the popular series called Santa Barbara and since then she has been a consistent and prominent figure in the American film industry.
In the following, we will take a brief look at her biography, career, family, fortune, and other interesting facts about the leading actress.
Wanda De Jesus Biography
The amazing actress Wanda De Jesus was born on August 26, 1958, in Manhattan, New York in the United States. When she was in high school, she took part in so many theater activities and also modeled.
After graduating from high school, the actress did not continue her studies but was able to start her acting career. Later she attended the Leonard Davis Centre for Performing Arts, which is affiliated with New York City College. During her time at the school, she took part in so many plays and dramas that she made her Broadway debut.
Wanda De Jesus made her Broadway debut in 1986 when she appeared in the daytime television series Another World. She later became the star of the series called Mariah in 1987. The series was canceled, however, but Wanda was able to continue and play episodes in series and theater.
Later, she starred in the television series called L.A. Law. The series dealt with various cultural ideologies, including LGBT rights, abortion, the death penalty, racism, and other issues from the 1980s and 1990s. Wanda was the lead actress in the 1991 series entitled Santa Barbara, she played the role of Santana Andrade, and the series ended in 1992. In the 2000s, De Jesus appeared in numerous television series, including CSI: Miami, where she played a recurring role as MDPD detective in the CBS crime series from 2002 to 2003.
She joined the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles in 2010, where she played the role of Arleen Gonzalez. She left the series after two episodes. Wanda appeared in the television series All My Children in 2010; she played the role of Iris Blanco, the mayor of Pine Valley, and in 2012 the amazing actress earned a role in the series Sons of Anarchy. The following year she played the role of Cynthia in Blue and in 2015 she appeared in the television series Letter Never Sent.
Apart from TV movies, Wanda De Jesus has also been given major roles in several movies since the beginning of her career. Her breakthrough came in 2007 after she starred in the movie called Illegal Tender with other top actors such as Dania Ramirez and Rick Gonzalez. Following her outstanding performance in the film, the gorgeous actress won the Imagen Award that year.
Her other films include Robocop 2 (1990), The Glass Shield (1994), Executive Power (1997), Flawless (1999), Ghost of Mars (2001), Blood Work (2002), The Ministers (2009), and Water & Power (2013).
Wanda’s mother is a nurse from Puerto Rico, while her father is from New York, so Wanda has a mixed ethnic background. The amazing actress has not revealed much information about her parents, their names, and siblings. She prefers to keep her family life away from the media.
As for her private life, the Manhattan-born actress was not involved in divorce or marriage stories. She met her partner Jimmy Smits in 1986, who is also an American actor. Wanda De Jesus starred alongside her partner Jimmy in the 1987 L.A. Law series and other films.
The couple has been together since 1986 until today, but have never been married. Wanda and Jimmy currently live in Los Angeles. They have no children yet but may have plans to have children in the future.
Wanda has had a successful career and has acquired an enormous fortune. She has a considerable fortune of $10 million Combine her fortune with that of her partner Jimmy, both celebrities have an estimated net worth of $20 million.
After her outstanding performances, the talented actress has received the Imagen Foundation Award for the best actress in a television film. You can also contact her via Twitter.
Quick Facts about Wanda De Jesus
- Birth name: Wanda De Jesus
- Date of birth: August 26, 1958
- Birth City: Manhattan, New York, United States
- Birth sign: Virgo
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Hispanic
- Education: The Leonard Davis Centre for Performing Arts, New York
- Profession: Actress
- Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse: Jimmy Smits (m. 1986 – present)
- Children: N/A
- Net Worth: $20 million