Saundra Santiago 411
BIRTHDAY: April 13
HOMETOWN: The Bronx, NY
MARITAL STATUS: Married musician Roger Squitero on November 21, 1999
YEARS ON SHOW: 2009-present
Raised in the Bronx, Saundra Santiago moved with her family to Homestead, Florida, when she was 13. While attending the University of Miami, where she majored in psychology, Santiago was set on becoming a special education teacher until acting caught her eye. She studied theater in graduate school at Southern Methodist University and went on to major success as a theater and film star, who is probably most known for her MIAMI VICE role as Gina Calabrese, which she landed in 1984.
Santiago made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's revival of A View from the Bridge, starred alongside Antonio Banderas in the Tony-winning revival of Nine and played Eva in the touring production of Evita, among other notable stage performances. In 1999, she joined daytime as GL's ill-fated mob queen Carmen Santos and in 2004 briefly appeared on OLTL as Isobella Santi/Angelina Paredes. In 2009, she was tapped to play OLTL's Carlotta after portrayer Patricia Mauceri left the role after 14 years.