Elizabeth Pena Biography (1959-)

Born September 23, 1959, in Elizabeth, NJ; daughter of Mario (an actor, writer, and director) and Estella Margarita (a producer and arts administrator; maiden name, Toirac) Pena; married William Stephan Kibler (a teacher), 1988 (marriage ended); married Hans Rolla (a carpenter and contractor), 1994; children: (second marriage) one daughter, one son. Addresses: Agent: ParadigmTalent Agency, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Birth Details
September 23, 1959
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Aurelita, El Super, New Yorker Films, 1979
  • Disco hostess, Times Square, Associated Film Distributors, 1980
  • Rita, They All Laughed, 1981
  • Liz Garcia, Crossover Dreams, Crossover Films, Ltd., 1984
  • Carmen, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Buena Vista, 1985
  • Rosie Morales, La Bamba, Columbia, 1986
  • Marisa Esquivel, *Batteries Not Included, 1987
  • Consuela, Vibes, Columbia, 1988
  • Tracy Perez, Blue Steel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990
  • Jezebel, Jacob's Ladder (also known as Dante's Inferno), TriStar, 1990
  • Rosa, The Waterdance, Samuel Goldwyn, 1992
  • Vivian "Viv" Saunders, Dead Funny, 1994 A-pix Entertainment, 1995
  • Carmen, Across the Moon, Hemdale, 1994
  • Kate Haley, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Recon, 1996
  • Pilar Cruz, Lone Star, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996
  • Zena, The Pass (also known as Highway Hitcher), York Entertainment, 1998
  • Demolition specialist Tania Johnson, Rush Hour, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Toni Gage, Strangeland (also known as Dee Snider's StrangeLand), Artisan Entertainment, 1998
  • Martha, Seven Girlfriends, Castle Hill Productions, 1999
  • Connie, On the Borderline, Monochrome Films, 2000
  • Carmen, Things behind the Sun, Behind the Sun Productions, 2001
  • Leticia Naranjo, Tortilla Soup, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 2001
  • Also appeared in Fat Chance.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Officer Connie Rivera, Tough Cookies, CBS, 1986
  • Dora Calderon, I Married Dora, ABC, 1987-1988
  • Lucy Acosta, Shannon's Deal, NBC, 1990-1991
  • Bibi Carrales, Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2000
  • Also appeared in As the World Turns.
  • Miniseries
  • Mika Camarena, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (also known as Desperados: The "Kiki" Camarena Story and Desperados: The Camarena Story), NBC, 1990
  • Ellen Garza, The Invaders, The WB, 1995
  • Movies
  • Flo Martin, Fugitive among Us, CBS, 1992
  • Lisa, Roommates, NBC, 1994
  • Ellen Fields, It Came from Outer Space II, Sci-Fi Channel, 1996
  • Lou, Contagious (also known as Virus), USA Network, 1997
  • Christina, The Second Civil War, HBO, 1997
  • Rosario Ames, Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, Showtime, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985
  • Maria, "Ripoff," T. J. Hooker, CBS, 1985
  • Alice, "Come and Get It," Hill Street Blues, 1986
  • Debra, "Super Freak," Dream On, 1993
  • Jinx Baldasseri, "Leap of Faith," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993
  • Jinx Baldasseri, "Pacific Rimshot," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993
  • Jinx Baldasseri, "Eli's Gumming," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993
  • Jinx Baldasseri, "Whistle Stop," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994
  • Dr. Jennifer Martinez, "Living Hell," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1995
  • Gisella, "Fortune Teller," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1997
  • Also appeared in episodes of Dellaventura; Feeling Good, PBS; and Saturday Night Live, NBC.
  • Specials
  • Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville, ABC, 1987
  • The 4th Annual Desi Awards, syndicated, 1992
  • Other
  • Lucy Acosta, Shannon's Deal (pilot), NBC, 1989
  • Elizabeth Gaitan, Two, 1995
  • Maria, Border Line, NBC, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jesse, Dog Lady, International Arts Relations Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Jane, Becoming Garcia, Louis Abron Arts for Living Center, New York City, 1984
  • Appeared as barmaid, Act One and Only, Public Theatre; Maria, Bring on the Night, Sutton Theatre; Teresa, Italian-American Reconciliation, GNU Theatre; Teresa, La Morena, Henry Street Playhouse; Beba, Night of the Assassins, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club; Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Gramercy Arts Theatre; and Cynthia, Shattered Image, American Theatre of Actors; also appeared in Antigone, BloodWedding, and Cinderella, off-Broadway production.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured as Juliet, Romeo and Juliet.

Further Reference


    • Dictionary of Hispanic Biography, Gale, 1996
    • Parade, February 14, 1999
    • People Weekly, May 13, 1991, pp. 107-08

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