Ana Alicia Biography
Ana Alicia is a Mexican-American actress. She is best known for her role as scheming heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.
Ana Alicia Age
Alicia is 62 years old as of 2018. She was born on December 12, 1956, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Ana Alicia Family | Siblings
Alicia was born Carlos Celestino Ortiz and Alicia Torres Ortiz, who ran businesses in Acapulco, Mexico. She was third of four children. Her family moved to El Paso, Texas, when she was six years old after the death of her father.
There, she lived with her grandmother, mother, her uncle Louie and three siblings in a house that her father had purchased for her grandmother.
Ana Alicia Education
Alicia graduated from high school in 1972. She left Wellesley College, instead of pursuing her bachelor’s degree in drama at the University of Texas at El Paso to be closer to her mother and three bothers.
Ana Alicia Husband | Divorce
Alicia married Gray Benz on April 24, 1994, and they divorced in 2016.
Ana Alicia Career
After earning her degree in 1977, Ortiz moved to Los Angeles and started auditioning for roles in various productions. She won the part of Alicia Nieves on Ryan’s Hope, a daytime soap opera, moving to New York City for taping.
After fifteen months on the show, Ortiz moved back to Los Angeles part-time and kept auditioning while attending law school at Southwestern University at night back in Texas. Eventually, her acting opportunities suffered and she decided to pursue acting full-time.
Now going by “Ana Alicia” professionally, she landed several guest roles in episodic television, including Starbuck’s love interest, Aurora, in the 1979 Battlestar Galactica episode “Take the Celestra” and Gloria Alonzo in the episode “Space Croppers” of the series sequel Galactica 1980.
Between these, she appeared as Falina Redding in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Vegas in Space.” Then, she played a major role in the 1981 TV movie Coward Of The County, which also starred Kenny Rogers and was based on his hit song of the same name.
Next, she auditioned for the role of spoiled, selfish vineyard heiress Melissa Agretti on Falcon Crest as a replacement for actress Delores Cantú who had played Melissa for one episode in early 1982. In 1979 Alicia appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Sacketts as Drusilla, the love of Tyrell Sackett.
The movie was based on the Louis Lamour books The Sacketts and The Daybreakers. Alicia appeared in the 1983 TV-movie, Happy Endings, opposite John Schneider and her former Ryan’s Hope-star, Catherine Hicks.
In 1989, Ortiz appeared with Raúl Juliá in the movie Romero, her only non-television film role apart from Halloween II in 1981. Then in 1990, Alicia appeared in the 1990 made-for-TV movie Miracle Landing as flight attendant Michelle Honda. The film is based on an in-flight accident aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 that occurred in April 1988.
Alicia continued to play guest roles on episodic television, including two episodes in the action series Renegade which reunited her with her former Falcon Crest screen husband Lorenzo Lamas. This was her last known acting role. She has taken a hiatus to raise her family.
Alicia sang two songs on the soap, Falcon Crest. The first song was “Goody Goody”, a famous 1936 song composed by Matty Malneck with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was first sung by Bing Crosby. The second song was “Body and Soul”.
It was written by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, and Johnny Green in 1930. The song was presented by Libby Holman in the revue Three’s a Crowd and used as the theme of the 1947 film, Body and Soul, becoming a jazz favorite.
In October 2010, Alicia appeared in a promotional video for the Norwegian television show Gylne Tider. She and other celebrities filmed a cover of The Beatles song “Let It Be”.
Alicia was the national spokesperson for The Humane Society of the United States. She has given out awards promoting Hispanic accomplishments in the media from the Golden Eagle Awards.
Ana Alicia Net Worth
Alicia’s 2018 estimated net worth is Under Review` up from Under Review in 2017 with an estimated 2017-2018 earnings` salary` and income of Under Review.
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#34 – Actress Ana Alicia: A Fearless Star of “Falcon Crest”
Actress Ana Alicia
Actress Ana Alicia has a free-wheeling up-tempo conversation with Bob & Suzanne as she holds nothing back in telling her very personal story.
The story of Ana Alicia—of a girl born in Mexico, raised in El Paso, educated at Wellesley on full scholarship, and determined to follow her acting dreams even while going to law school—is a lesson for anyone thinking about a career on stage or in front of the camera.
She describes her first screen test—and why she wore a casting director’s sweater over her own clothes—and how that propelled her into a starring role on Ryan’s Hopeat the age of 20.
This fast-paced conversation reveals Ana Alicia’s very real intelligence, commitment to craft, and the personal determination that saw her rocket to national prominence on the cast of CBS-TV’s hit series Falcon Crest by the time she was 25. (Don’t miss her story about her “sexy” audition and the real-life “drama” behind the scenes of the series.)
Ana talks candidly about the real world of auditions, casting sessions, and working on the sets of more than 30 major TV shows and movies as she gives a compelling lesson in determination, preparation, and the focus it takes to make it as an actor in Hollywood…and the hard choices involved in choosing family and motherhood over a stellar career.
Ana Alicia Movies | TV Show
|1977-1978||Ryan’s Hope(TV series)||Alicia Nieves|
|1978||The Next Step Beyond (TV series)||Angela Mendoza|
|1979||The Hardy Boys Mysteries (TV series)||Suzanne Clifford|
|1979||Battlestar Galactica (TV series)||Aurora|
|1979||The Sacketts(TV movie)||Drusilla|
|1979||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV series)||Falina Ređing|