Olga Merediz

Olga Merediz

actress, director, producer

Olga Merediz was born on Feb 15, 1956 in Cuba. Olga Merediz's big-screen debut came with The Brother from Another Planet directed by John Sayles in 1984. Olga Merediz is known for In the Heights directed by Jon M. Chu, Anthony Ramos stars as Usnavi and Melissa Barrera as Vanessa. The upcoming new movie Olga Merediz plays is Somebody I Used to Know which will be released on Feb 10, 2023.

Olga Merediz is an American actress who most notably originated the role of Abuela Claudia in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical "In the Heights", for which she received a 2008 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Merediz reprises the role in the film adaption of "In the Heights", directed by Jon M. Chu, to be released in 2021 by Warner Brothers.Merediz was born in Guantánamo, Cuba on February 15, 1956. She left Cuba with her family when she was five years old to Miami, Florida. Thereafter, she relocated with her family to Puerto Rico where she grew up. Merediz graduated with a bachelor's degree from Newcomb College, the former female counterpart to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.Starting in the early 1980s, on Broadway Merediz had leading and supporting roles in "The Human Comedy", "Les Miserables", "Mamma Mia!", "Man of La Mancha", "Reckless" and "In the Heights". On film, she has acted with Meryl Streep in both "Marvin's Room" (1996) and "Music of the Heart" (1999), worked with Sidney Lumet in both the film "Q & A" (1990) and the TV series "100 Centre Street", and played Blanca Duarte, Eva Peron's sister, in the movie of "Evita" (1996) starring Madonna and directed by Alan Parker.In other film and television roles she has worked alongside Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Lopez, Edie Falco, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and the late great Robin Williams.As a series regular on FX's "Saint George", playing George Lopez's feisty mother, Merediz also has recurring television roles on "Orange is the New Black", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Diary of a Future President", "Bull", "Law & Order SVU", and the British action comedy "Bounty Hunters".Merediz produced a documentary based on her real life events, and penned a television pilot script also based on her Cuban heritage.

  • Birthday

    Feb 15, 1956
  • Place of Birth

    Guantánamo, Cuba
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