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Ana Alicia
Born Ana Alicia Ortíz
December 12, 1956 (1956-12-12) (age 53)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–1997
Spouse(s) Gary R. Benz (1994-present; 2 children)

Ana Alicia (born December 12, 1956) is a Mexican-born American actress known for her role as scheming heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.

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Early life

She was born as Ana Alicia Ortíz in Mexico City to a clothing manufacturing executive mother and a father who worked in business.[1] Her family moved to El Paso, Texas when she was a child. Upon graduating high school in 1973, Ortíz earned a scholarship to Wellesley College, but eventually left, instead pursuing her bachelor's degree in drama at the University of Texas at El Paso to be closer to her mother and siblings.[citation needed]

Career

After earning her degree in 1977, Ortíz 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, Ortíz moved back to Los Angeles part-time and kept auditioning while attending law school at Southwestern University at night back in Texas.[citation needed] Eventually, her acting opportunities suffered and she decided to pursue acting full-time.

Following several guest roles in episodic television, including two separate roles in Glen A. Larson's series Battlestar Galactica and a role on his series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Ortíz 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. Melissa went on to become the series' "love to hate" character and a firm fan favourite, as a worthy rival for the show's arch-villainess Angela Channing, played by Jane Wyman.[citation needed] She continued to play the role for over six years up until 1988 when producers decided to kill the character off. Only months after this, she returned to Falcon Crest as Samantha Ross, a Melissa lookalike, but this character was only featured in a few episodes.

In 1989, Ortíz appeared with Raúl Juliá in the movie Romero, her only non-television film role apart from Halloween II in 1981. She 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.[citation needed]

Family

Ortíz married Gary Benz on April 24, 1994; they have two children.

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