Marie, is one of today’s most talented and dedicated actresses in television.
Most recently, Marie starred as the hard-working and devoted wife, Angie, in The George Lopez Show. For this beloved role, she was honored with the “Best Actress in a Television Series” Imagen Award in 2004 and an Imagen Award nomination as “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2007. After five seasons in primetime, The George Lopez Show is now syndicated on Nickelodeon.
On the big screen, Marie recently provided the narration for a documentary entitled Te Amo Tinkerbell, which follows two troubled Latina teens who find life-changing inspiration in the heart of a childhood icon: Peter Pan’s “Tinker Bell.” The film made the festival run in the Fall of 2007.
In 2002, the debut year of The George Lopez Show, Marie also starred in the Golden Globe nominated series American Family, alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch. This marked her appearance in two television shows simultaneously!
Marie’s thriving career began when she was a teenager in Los Angeles’ underground break- dancing scene. She was selected out of a group of 500 hopefuls to dance on tour with David Bowie. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she was cast as a dancer in the movie Salsa. The film’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, introduced her to Steve Tisch, who offered Marie her very first acting job, a starring role as Penny on the CBS series Dirty Dancing.
It wasn’t long before Marie was working in feature films, starring as Toni Sanchez in the New Line film Mi Familia, directed by Gregory Nava, with whom Marie has worked numerous times. She won praise from fans for her portrayal of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla’s mother, Marcella, in the blockbuster film Selena. Only a year older than her onscreen daughter, the young and sexy Marie had to undergo four hours of extensive make-up in order for her to portray Selena’s mother. Marie also starred in the celebrated film, Tortilla Soup, playing Yolanda, the daughter of Raquel Welch. The film received a 2002 Alma Award nomination for “Outstanding Motion Picture.”
Television producer Gary David Goldberg soon offered Marie a role as Michael J. Fox’s antagonist love interest, Gabby, on the hit series Spin City. She also played Gabriella Diaz on Union Square, for which she received an Alma Award nomination for “Outstanding Female in a Comedy Series”. Marie portrayed Detective Toni Brigatti for two seasons on the popular series Early Edition opposite Kyle Chandler. Her other credits include telefilm The Underworld, opposite Kevin Pollak and guest roles on Two Guys and a Girl, For Your Love and Ally McBeal, which brought her back to her dancing roots as her portrayal of a salsa champion.