The amazing star, Wanda De Jesus is a popular American actress, best known for her role in movies as well as reality television series. She rose to fame in 2007 when she starred in the movie titled Illegal Tender. The movie also earned her an Imagen Award.
Wanda made her acting debut in 1986 when she appeared in the series Another World. She was the star actress in the popular series during the ‘90s titled Santa Barbara and since then, she has been a consistent and prominent figure in the American film industry.
Let’s take a sneak peek at her biography, career, her family, net worth, and other interesting facts about the star actress below.
Wanda De Jesus Biography
The amazing actress Wanda De Jesus was born in Manhattan, New York in the United States on August 26, 1958. When she was in high school, she participated in so many theatre activities as well as modeling.
After her graduation from high school, the actress didn’t further her studies but was able to kick off her acting career. Later on, she attended The Leonard Davis Centre for Performing Arts which is an affiliate of New York City College. While at the school, she participated in so many plays and drama which led her to make her Broadway debut.
Wanda De Jesus made her Broadway debut in 1986 when she featured in the Daytime television series titled Another World. Later on, she became the star in the series titled Mariah in 1987. However, the series was canceled but Wanda was able to forge ahead, performing episodes in series and theatre.
Subsequently, she starred in the television series titled L.A. Law. The series featured diverse cultural ideologies including LGBT rights, abortion, capital punishment, racism and other issues of the ‘80s and ’90s. Wanda was the star actress in the 1991 series titled Santa Barbara, she played the role of Santana Andrade and the series ended in 1992. In the 2000s, De Jesus starred in numerous television series including CSI: Miami where she played a recurring role as an MDPD Detective in the CBS crime series from 2002 to 2003.
She joined the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles in 2010, playing the role of Arleen Gonzalez. She left after two episodes. Wanda featured in the 2010 television series titled All My Children; she played the role of Iris Blanco, the mayor of Pine Valley and in 2012, the amazing actress earned a role in the series titled Sons of Anarchy. The next year she starred as Cynthia in Blue and in 2015, she appeared in the television series titled Letter Never Sent.
Aside from television films, Wanda De Jesus has also earned significant roles in several movies since the inception of her career. She got her breakthrough in 2007 after starring in the movie titled Illegal Tender, the movie featured other top actors including Dania Ramirez and Rick Gonzalez. Following her outstanding performance in the movie, the gorgeous actress won the Imagen Award that year.
Some of her other movies include Robocop 2 released in 1990, The Glass Shield in 1994, Executive Power in 1997, Flawless in 1999, Ghost of Mars in 2001, Blood Work in 2002, The Ministers in 2009, and Water & Power in 2013 among others.
Wanda’s mother is a Puerto Rican nurse while her father is a New York native making Wanda of mixed ethnicity. The amazing actress has not disclosed much information about her parents, their names as well as her siblings. She prefers keeping her family life away from the media.
Talking about her personal life, the Manhattan-born actress has not been involved in any divorce or marriage stories. She met her partner Jimmy Smits who is also an American actor in 1986. Wanda De Jesus has starred alongside her partner Jimmy in the 1987 series L.A Law as well as other films.
The couple has been together since 1986 to date but was never married. Wanda and Jimmy currently reside in Los Angeles. They don’t have kids yet but might have plans of having them in the future.
Wanda has experienced a successful career and has acquired a huge net worth for herself. She has a whopping net worth of $10 million. Combining her net worth with that of her partner Jimmy, both celebrities have an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Following her outstanding performances, the talented actress has received Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress in Television film. You can also connect with her on Twitter.
Quick Facts about Wanda De Jesus
Birth name: Wanda De Jesus
Date of birth: August 26, 1958
Birth City: Manhattan, New York, United States
Birth sign: Virgo
Education: The Leonard Davis Centre for Performing Arts, New York
Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Jimmy Smits (m. 1986 – present)
Net Worth: $20 million