The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is Sunday! Alright, you remember the deal from our Irish and Dominican actress galleries on St. Patrick's Day and Dominican Independence Day. We present you with these beauties, and the only rule is they must have been born in or resided in Puerto Rico -- so, sorry, Jennifer Lopez, but you ain't on this list. Ready? Bring on the beacons of Boriqueña!
Roselyn Sánchez Yellow is that mythical creature, the R-rated musical). She also does charity work to help sick children from poor families. Hang on...is she an angel of heaven sent to make the world a better place in its time of need? Because it seems like everything she touches she improves.
Olga San Juan
She doesn't have a Twitter, naturally. But if she did, it would be funny.Is there a better name than "The Puerto Rican Pepperpot"? Because we want that nickname. Sadly, it is reserved for this funny lady, a Brooklyn native whose parents took her to the old country at age three, and then zip! Back to the U.S. shortly thereafter. She sang! She danced! She delighted! She passed on five years ago, and we miss her. She seems nifty. Remember that hilarious scene from The Simpsons when Homer is crestfallen at his viewing of Paint Your Wagon? That's a real movie, and not only was she in it, she won a Donaldson Award for it! (Please note that Donaldson Awards no longer exist and anybody who tries to sell you one is a con artist.)
Michelle Rodriguez our Dominicanas gallery, Michelle Rodriguez kicks all the asses. Well not only did she grow up in the Dominican Republic, she put her time in over in Puerto Rico. She grew up in not one, but two paradises! The trade-off? She also came of age in New Jersey.
Lymari Nadal got bumped out of the running due to some malarkey rule changes. The film included an appearance by Nadal's fellow Battlestar Galactica alum (and husband) Edward James Olmos. Lucky fellow!
She's not on Twitter, but read this bio of just how accomplished this wonderful woman is.She moved from Puerto Rico to NYC as part of her dramatic education, when a special scholarship was created explicitly to provide her the opportunity to expand her craft. Now that's when you know you've got talent -- when you become a national commodity.
Follow her on Twitter (but she hasn't posted anything in three years)Although born in Venezuela to Argentine & Italian parents, she grew up in Puerto Rico her entire life, so that's got to count, right? Certainly it does according to the lady herself. Home is where the heart is, after all. Ours currently resides wherever she is.
She passed on long before Twitter was invented.Emigrating to Mexico during its cinematic golden age, she achieved great success. Later she and her husband Fernando Cortés returned to Puerto Rico and produced/starred in a comedy show called Mapy y Papi, which we can all agree is the best possible name.
If she has a Twitter, she's keeping it low-profile. Much like that dress. Hooray!The Miss Teen USA moved from Puerto Rico to Vermont which is--brrrr!--quite a transition. After overcoming a very troubled childhood, as detailed in her book, Lost in the System she changed her name from Lopez to Ayanna, a Cherokee word that means "Blessed." She turned heads playing pretty, popular high school girls in The Rage: Carrie 2 and Jawkbreaker along with some other high-profile films. These days you might find her in headier fare.
She's not one for the tweeting, no sir. Enjoy her website instead.Originally a Miss Puerto Rico, she joined the telenovela El Sirviente and got tapped for her own show, A Girl Called Ivonne. Pretty ringing endorsement from the TV station, no? After it concluded, she moved to LA to study more theater, then New York, where she performed a lot of Shakespeare. You might have seen her as Yolanda in The Godfather II or Lean on Me. She's still active in acting, appearing in fan-favorite drama Teen Wolf this year.
She passed away three months before Twitter was founded, so no, you won't find her there.Niece of Mapy Cortés, she found plenty of success in her own right primarily in the telenovelas, as well as some delightful schlock.
Giselle Blondet again