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Talisa Soto


Name: Miriam Soto

Born: 27 March 1967 in Brooklyn, New York

Nationality: American

Measurements: 86.5-61-86.5

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Height: 178 cm

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican

Agencies: Click Model Management-New York



Talisa Soto was born Miriam Soto on March 27, 1967. Talisa`s parents moved from Puerto Rico in the 1950s to Brooklyn, New York, where Talisa was born. Later on, her parents moved to Northampton, Massachusetts when she was still just a child. Talisa `s family was one of the few Puerto Rican families that resided in her neighborhood. She was raised and educated there, but she felt that people were prejudiced against her and she became a loner.

Talisa landed her first modeling job in 1982, when she was 15 years old. In 1985, she tried to sign up with the Ford modeling agency, but was rejected because she looked "too" Latina. Talisa then went and signed with Click Model Management and headed for Europe. She established herself as one of the top models of the 1980s and was very busy modeling in Italy and France. She appeared on the covers to Italian Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, Mademoiselle, Harpers & Queen, Red, American Glamour, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair and she has been seen in advertisements to Calvin Klein, Cartier, Clarins, Donna Karan, Galanos, Karl Lagerfeld, Planet, Revlon and she was seen in the 1995 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

In 1988, when Talisa returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of India in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1989, she was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.

Talisa has participated in more than 20 movies, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto has also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, one of Johnny Depp's many love interests in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony's music video for I Need to Know. In 1996 Talisa played the title role in the campy movie Vampirella based on the comic book character.

1990, Talisa was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 1995, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue". She was ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.

Talisa married Costas Mandylor, in 1997 and they were divorced in 2000. She fell in love with Benjamin Bratt, whom she met while filming Piñero. They were married on April 13, 2002 and on December 6 that year; she gave birth to their daughter Sophia Rosalinda Bratt. The couple welcomed a son, Mateo Bravery Bratt, on October 3, 2005. They reside in Los Angeles, California.


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