Lauren Vélez is an American actress and film producer best known for her role as Maria LaGuerta on Showtime's Dexter, Oz, and Ugly Betty. Besides that, she is famous for being the identical sister of actress Lorraine Velez.
Is Lauren Vélez Married or Dating Someone?
Lauren is possibly single as of now. The Ugly Betty cast has not seen any men ever since she divorced her first husband. Previously, she was romantically linked to a man named Mark Gordon. The pair walked down the aisle in 1993 in a lavish ceremony.
Unfortunately, they decided to go separate ways in 2015 due to personal issues. Amidst twenty-four years of marriage, Lauren never had any children with her estranged husband.
Does Lauren have any children?
Velez does not have her biological children with any of her partners. The actress has seventeen nieces and nephews. Lauren has a stepdaughter, and she adores her to pieces. Lauren thinks about adoption. There are many kids at different ages and stages that require families.
Lauren Vélez Net Worth, Movies, Series
Lauren Velez has summoned an impressive net worth of $3 million. An American actor receives a paycheck of somewhere around $50,880 to $100,000, which is the basic salary of an actress in the United States. Being an experienced actress and one of the prominent stars in Hollywood, there is little doubt she earns a substantial amount.
Lauren is one of three stars in Dexter and Oz's television series opposite Er King and David Zayas. She received her first achievement award in 1994 as an Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series New York Undercover NCLR Bravo/Alma Award.
Velez had been her dream project. She'd done it as a one-woman show. However, Lauren was raising money to turn it into a movie. La Lupa is a story based on a Cuban singer who turned into a Queen of Latin Soul, the first woman in the New York Salsa Scene.
Check out the clip of Lauren Velez talking about her role as LaGuerta in Dexter!
Lauren won a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey Dance School after high school. It led to her first job performing in the national touring company of the musical Dreamgirls.
Lauren later became an understudy for actress Phylicia Rashad in Broadway's Into the Woods. She won the hearts of many by starring Nina Moreno in the cop drama New York Undercover in 1994. Lauren starred in movies like Into the Woods, I Like It Like That, New York Undercover, City Hall, Swallow, Shaft, Rosewood Lane, and many others.
Velez appeared in dozens of television series, including Dragnet, Law & Order" Special Victims Unit, Wanted, The Pretender, Medium, Thicker Man Blood, Breakout Kings, MacGyver, Blue Bloods, South of Hell, and Unforgettable.
Lauren Vélez Quick facts
- Lauren Velez was born and raised in Queens, Brooklyn, New York City.
- Lauren's twin sister Lorraine Velez is also a singer and actress.
- Her real birth name is Luna Lauren Velez.
- Lauren always dreamt of becoming an actress ever since she portrayed a
groundhog in a school play in second grade.
- Lauren's sister starred in London on the Wests End stage in Rent.
- Lauren has Puerto Rican descent.
- Lauren studied acting in New York City with Michael Howard.
- She graduated from Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.
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