Elizabeth Peña | Biography
Elizabeth Peña is an American actress and television director. Elizabeth has been considered to be lovely and talented actress of her time, who has a distinct advantage in coming from a long line of talented entertainers. She has been well known for being a daughter of a well known Cuban-American writer/ director/actor, Mario who had founded the off-Broadway Latin American Theatre Ensemble and Estella Margarita (a producer and arts administrator; maiden name, Toirac). Elizabeth Pena has been known by her other name of Elizabeth Anne Dickinson. She has been active in entertainment field till the date. Although her entire life events has not yet came in light in front of her fans and followers but still some biographic sites has made successful effort in summarizing her life.
Elizabeth Pena was born on September 23, 1961 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S. as a daughter of Mario (actor, writer, and director) and Estella Margarita (an arts administrator and producer). As for her education level, she has graduated from New York’s High Schoolof Performing Arts in 1977. At the time of her college many well known actor of present time had been her classmates such as Ving Rhames, with whom she had co-star in Jacob’s Ladder, and Esai Morales, along side whom she would co-star in La Bamba. Apart from her acting career she is also known as founding member of the Hispanic Organisation of Latin Actors. Taking her education as base level it is seen that she has been interested in acting line since very young age. As a result she had chosen acting as her goal. As soon as she completed her education and gained efficient knowledge about film line, she decided to get herself stand firm on Hollywood platform.
In 1979, Elizabeth had appeared in her very first film, El Super, "an exceptionally moving and melancholy comedy about a family of lower-middle-class Cuban refugees attempting to adjust to life in Spanish Harlem". After her first film she again got chance to work with film director Leon Ichaso in his next feature Crossover Dreams opposite to Ruben Blades. During her entire acting career she has appeared in more than ten films which includes, La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Jacob's Ladder, Lone Star, *batteries not included, Vibes, and Rush Hour. In 2002, she starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades in the episode "Justicia," which she also directed. In 2003, she appeared in and directed "It Was Fun While It Lasted," an episode of The Brothers Garcia. She also provided the voice of the character Mirage in Pixar's animated film The Incredibles. She guest starred in the 18th episode of season 2 of Numb3rs as Sonya Benavides, and as Pilar, the Colombian mother of Gloria Pritchett, in season 4 of Modern Family. Although she speaks Spanish, she does not dub her own voice for Spanish releases. Peña is also noted for having starred in I Married Dora, a sitcom that lasted only 13 episodes in 1987, as Dora Calderon, the "Dora" of the show's title. In the final show, the cast broke the "fourth wall" by announcing their cancellation on-camera and taking a curtain call.
Taking about her personal life, very delightful and beautiful Elizabeth has very attractive personality, which has been fascinating her fans and followers even at her older age. At her younger age, she was considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses. She had married to William Kibler at first, but the marriage didn’t last long as they got divorced in the early 1990s. After being separated from her husband, she again got married with Hans Rolla (Carpenter) in 1994. She has two children from her second marriage: one daughter, Fiona, and one son, Kaelan.