Birth Name: Miriam Soto
Height: 5' 10
Birth Date: March 27, 1967
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Profession: actress, model
Husband/Wife: Benjamin Bratt (actor; met on the set of
Talisa is wearing an ankle length black dress that shows her curves off nicely.
Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Northampton, MA, but admittedly retains the Puerto Rican accent of her household. Soto walked into modeling when she was 15, working in Italy as well as for British VOGUE out of Paris. Despite a successful modeling career that saw her land the covers of VOGUE, GLAMOUR and MADEMOISELLE, among others, she yearned to act.
Returned to States, her break came as India, the Puerto Rican girlfriend, in "Spike in Bensonhurst" (1988). The next year, she was Bond Girl Lupe Lamora in "License to Kill". TV work followed, including the USA network movie "Silhouette" (1990) and the HBO anthology, "Prison Stories: Women Behind Bars" (1991), in which Soto's dramatic skills were on display. Although she had supporting parts in the films "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and the direct-to-video "Hostage" (also 1992), Soto continued to try her hand at TV in the series "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993-94). In the latter, she was featured as the granddaughter of a Native American owner of the town's general store.
In 1995, Soto found herself in two high-profile features, opposite Johnny Depp in "Don Juan De Marco" and as the "secret weapon" Princess Kitana in "Mortal Kombat". She also returned to her modeling roots posing for the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue and appeared on its accompanying TV special. She also landed a supporting role in Michael Cimino's "Sunchaser" (1996), starring Woody Harrelson.
Talisa was married to Costas Mandylor (May 1997 - 2000). She has dated Benjamin Bratt since 2001, when they met on the set of their movie "Pinero". They got married on April 13, 2002 in San Francisco