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Catalina Sandino Moreno

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Catalina Sandino Moreno

Catalina Sandino Moreno in a scene from "Maria Full Of Grace."

Birth Date:

Born in Bogota, Colombia in 1981.

Awards:

Nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Best Acress in a Leading Role; Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival; Mejor Actriz (Best Actress) at the 2004 Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia.

Biography:

Born in Bogota, Colombia in 1981, Catalina Sandino Moreno became interested in theater and stage at an early age. In 1997, while still in high school, she enrolled in the Ruben Di Pietro theatre academy in Bogota. During her four years at the academy, she acted in such productions as Acuerdo para Cambiar de Casa by Griselda Gambaro, The Dark Room by Tennessee Wiliams, and Laughing Wild by Christopher Durand.

Catalina Sandino Morenoher made her auspicious film debut in Maria Full of Grace. Moreno received enormous criical acclaim for her moving performance as Marie. a rebellious Columbian girl who decides to become a drug mule. Honors included a 2005 Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a leading role.

After the film, Moreno relocated to New York City, where she attended the Lee Starsberg Institute. She recently made her New York stage debut in the Frog & Peach Tehare Company's production of Shakespeare's "King John."

Moreno was also be seen in Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation. The film, which made its world premiere at the the Cannes Film Festival, also stars Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear. Moreno also stars in another film that made its debut at the festival, Paris, Je t'aime.

Moreno stars in Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State which will be released the fall of 2007. She will also be seen in the upcoming films The Heart of the Earth, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Steven Soderbergh's Guerilla and The Argentine.
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