Born in Mexico City, Mexico on December 12, 1956, Ana Alicia became thethird of four children to Carlos Celestino Ortiz and Alicia TorresOrtiz. She grew up in El Paso, Texas from age 6 after the passing ofher father. There, she lived with her grandmother, widowed mother, heruncle Louie and three siblings in a house her father had purchased forher grandmother. Ana Alicia received a full scholarship to attend the prestigiousWellesley College in Massachusetts.
Upon arrival, Ana Alicia auditionedand won the lead role for Jules Feiffer's "Crawling Arnold". On summerbreak after her freshmen year, Ana Alicia auditioned for The AdobeHorseshoe Dinner Theatre outside El Paso, Texas. The theatre offeredher a position as a recurring actress in all feature productions. Theopportunity would allow her to work with name actors from Hollywood andNew York and receive a large weekly salary. She accepted the offer andalso acquired her actor's equity card through her term.
She leftWellesley and finished her education at The University of Texas at ElPaso (UTEP). Ana Alicia spent the next three years, performing in mainstage productions at UTEP as well as having significant roles in theAdobe Horseshoe repertoire. After graduation, Ana Alicia moved to Los Angeles and struggled toattain success as an actress while studying for her law school entranceexam. Six months later, her big acting break came when she won the roleof Alicia Nieves on ABC's "Ryan's Hope" (1975) . According to AnaAlicia, working on the show in New York was exciting - not only becauseit was an acting job, but because she was a fan of the the show.
Although the role was a secondary one - Nieves had romances withpoliceman Bob Reid and Dr. Pat Ryan. It provided her with much-neededexposure. After 15 months, Ana Alicia left the show to become one of the lastUniversal Studios contract players. She moved to Los Angeles and inaddition to her work as a contract player, she attended SouthwesternUniversity Law School at night.
As she acquired larger roles thatrequired her to leave town, it became impossible to continue thegrueling schedule of acting during the day and studying for school atnight. She had to make a choice so she sat down and wrote the pros andcons of each decision and when she realized her passion was to act, shemade the very difficult decision to drop out of law school. Once shewas focused, her career began to open up quickly. She landed several roles on major television films and series' episodes. Within a year, the Universal terminated their contract playerdepartment.
It was the end of an era. Soon after, her teacher MiltonKatselis suggested she stop playing virginal roles and turn to rolessuch as the tortured, sexually deprived Maggie in "Cat on a Hot TinRoof". Exploring this previously undiscovered part of her acting range,Ana Alicia pursued an audition for "Falcon Crest" (1981) . In theroom was a female casting director Doris Sabbagh along with EarlHamner, Robert McCollough, and Larry Elikann. Ana Alicia's job was toseduce Lorenzo, played in the room by Doris.
As Ana Alicia ran herfingers up Doris' stockings, conservative Southerner Earl Hamner stoodup and stopped the scene, and said, "Thank you very much. That waswonderful. " Less than an hour later, Ana Alicia's agent called to lether know she had won the role of Melissa Agretti. Ana Alicia was on the show for seven years, playing the ambitious,scheming Melissa Agretti, and playing opposite 'Jane Wyman' asAngela Channing and a plethora of handsome men. In October of 1988, AnaAlicia was written out of "Falcon Crest" (1981) , and the showsubsequently dropped considerably in the ratings.
In a last ditchattempt to revitalize the show, she was brought back to the show laterthat season as a look-a-like of Melissa's, named Samantha Ross. Theguest stint was short-lived and Ana Alicia quickly moved on to otherprojects, including the TV movies Miracle Landing (1990) (TV) and Rio Shannon (1993) (TV) , as well as the feature film, Romero (1989) . Ana Alicia has also devoted much of her time tovarious animal and human causes. She was the national spokesperson forthe Humane Society, and has presented awards promoting Hispanicachievements in the media on behalf of the Golden Eagle Awards. 'Lorenzo Lamas' was co-presenter.
In 1991, while in France hosting an episode of The World's GreatestStunts for GRB Entertainment, she met and fell madly in love with hernow husband Gary Benz. In 1996, after finishing the pilot for AcapulcoHeat, Ana Alicia made the decision to leave her acting career andinvest in being a mother to her two young children Cathryn and Michael,her new passion in life. In March 2015, having raised her children and with her youngest incollege, she returned to her first love but as a producer opening upher own production company Quebrada Entertainment: its purpose is todevelop scripted and unscripted film and television that reaches aculturally and demographically diverse audience across all genresthrough the development and execution of quality storytelling. .
|1||The Nightmare Isnt Over: The Making of Halloween II||2012||as Herself|
|2||50 y más||2005||as Melissa Agretti|
|3||Battle of the Network Stars XV||1983||as Herself - CBS Team|
|4||Condominium||1980||as Thelma Messenkott|
|5||Coward of the County||1981||as Violet|
|6||Halloween II||1981||as Janet|
|7||Halloween: 25 Years of Terror||2006||as Herself|
|8||Halloween: Resurrected||2002||as Janet Marshall|
|9||Miracle Landing||1990||as Michelle Honda|
|10||Rio Shannon||1993||as Dolores Santillan|
|11||Romero||1989||as Arista Zelada|
|12||Roughnecks||1980||as Yolanda Suarez|
|13||Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future||1987||as Herself|
|14||The CBS Easter Parade||1986||as Herself - Host|
|15||The Joy of Natural Childbirth||1985||as Herself|
|16||The Ordeal of Bill Carney||1981||as Lisa Saldonna|
|17||To Die, to Sleep||1994||as Kathy's Mother|
|18||Acapulco H.E.A.T.||1993||as Linda Davidson|
|19||B.J. and the Bear||1978||as Dolores|
|20||Battlestar Galactica||1978||as Aurora|
|21||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||1979||as Falina Redding|
|22||E! True Hollywood Story||1996||as Herself|
|23||Falcon Crest||1981||as Melissa Gioberti|
|24||Frontera Roja||2015||as Soila|
|25||Galactica 1980||1980||as Gloria Alonzo|
|26||Gylne tider||2002||as Herself|
|27||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||1995||as Duchess of Earl/Businessman's Daughter|
|28||Hollywood 84||1984||as Herself|
|29||Hotel||1983||as Mary Ellen Carson|
|30||Life Goes On||1989||as Shanna Grey|
|31||Moonlighting||1985||as Mary Erin-Gates|
|32||Murder, She Wrote||1984||as Sgt. Hilda Dupont|
|33||Quincy M.E.||1976||as Nurse Nancy Berger|
|34||Renegade||1992||as Angela Baptista|
|35||Ryans Hope||1975||as Alicia Nieves|
|37||The Arsenio Hall Show||1989||as Herself|
|38||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||1977||as Suzanne Clifford|
|39||The Home Show||1988||as Herself|
|40||The Love Boat||1977||as Samantha Gregory|