Ana Alicia

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Ana Alicia (born December 12, 1956) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as scheming heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest. She was born as Ana Alicia Ortiz in Mexico City to a clothing manufacturing executive mother and a father who worked in business. Her family moved to El Paso, Texas when she was a child. Upon graduating high school in 1973, Ortiz earned a scholarship to Wellesley College, but eventually left, instead pursuing her bachelor's degree in drama at the University of Texas at El Paso to be closer to her mother and siblings. Her first professional role under an AEA contract was as one of the Pigeon Sisters in a production of "The Odd Couple" starring Bob Denver at The Adobe Horseshoe Dinner Theater in El Paso. After earning her degree in 1977, Ortiz moved to Los Angeles and started auditioning for roles in various productions. She won the part of Alicia Nieves on Ryan's Hope, a daytime soap opera, moving to New York City for taping. After fifteen months on the show, Ortiz moved back to Los Angeles part-time and kept auditioning while attending law school at Southwestern University at night back in Texas.
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