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SALDANA, Theresa 1954–

(Teresa Saldana)


Born August 20, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; daughter of Tony and Divina Saldana; married Fred Feliciano (a substance abuse counselor; divorced); married Phil Peters (an actor), March, 1989; children: (second marriage) Tianna. Education: Attended Los Angeles City College; trained for the stage with Sanford Meisner. Religion: Roman Catholicism.


Agent—Kim Dorr, Defining Artists, 4342 Lankershim Blvd., Universal City, CA 91602.


Actress and writer. Victims for Victims (self–help group), founder; volunteer at hospitals.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actress in a television series, miniseries, or movie, 1994, and Bravo Award, National Council of La Raza, outstanding television actress in a crossover role, 1996, both for The Commish; ALMA Award nomination, American Latin Media Arts awards, outstanding actress in a daytime soap opera, 1998, for All My Children; Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern California Motion Picture Council.


Film Appearances:

Grace Corrigan, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Universal, 1978.

Maryann, Nunzio, Universal, 1978.

Judy, Home Movies (also known as The Maestro), 1979.

Lenore La Motta, Raging Bull, United Artists, 1980.

Marsha "Traci" Bernstein, Defiance, American International Pictures, 1980.

Rhiana Hidalgo/Nancy, The Evil That Men Do, TriStar, 1984.

Rhonda, The Night Before, ITC Entertainment Group, 1988.

Maria Montoya, Of Men and Angels, Champion Films, 1989.

Angie Corello, Double Revenge, Smart Egg Releasing, 1990.

Maria, Angel Town, Imperial Entertainment, 1990.

Laura, Bliss, Triumph Releasing, 1997.

Theresa Brock, Carlo's Wake, Four Starz Productions, 1999.

Maria, Paradise, Sunset International, 2003.

Carmela Cruz, Gang Warz, Pittsburgh Pictures, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Voice of Mame Slaughter, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated), TBS and syndicated, 1990–92.

Host, Confessions of Crime, Lifetime, 1991–93.

Rachel Scali, The Commish, ABC, 1991–95.

Voice of Mame Slaughter, The New Adventures of Captain Planet (animated), TBS and syndicated, 1993–96.

Christina Vargas and Diane Martinez, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Maria, Sophia Loren: Her Own Story, NBC, 1980.

Herself, Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (also known as Victims for Victims), NBC, 1984.

Angela Brown, The Highwayman (also known as Terror on the Blacktop), NBC, 1987.

Rachel Morales, Shameful Secrets (also known as Going Underground), ABC, 1993.

Rachel Scali, The Commish: Father Image, ABC, 1995.

Rachel Scali, The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows, ABC, 1995.

(As Teresa Saldana) Voice of Dr. Belage, Jonny Quest versus the Cyber Insects (animated), TBS, Cartoon Network, and syndicated, 1995.

District attorney Doris Cantore, She Woke Up Pregnant (also known as Crimes of Silence), ABC, 1996.

Rachel Scali, The Commish: Redemption, ABC, 1996.

Cortez, The Time Shifters (also known as Thrill Seekers), TBS, 1999.

Sonja Ortiz, Ready to Run, The Disney Channel, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Pregnant Again" writer, "Miss Lonelyhearts," American Playhouse, PBS, 1983.

Laura Chacon, "Juvi" (also known as "Juvenile Hall"), CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1987.

Voice of Rosa, The New Kids on the Block Christmas Special (animated), ABC, 1990.

Scott Ross: Fear, The Family Channel, 1991.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Fourth Annual Desi Awards, syndicated, 1992.

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards, Fox, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Where Do You Go When You Have No Place to Go?," Kojak, CBS, 1976.

"The Applicant," 240–Robert, ABC, 1979.

"The Gift," Nurse, CBS, 1981.

Gina Genovese, The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story (also known as The Gangster Chronicles), NBC, 1981.

Angelina, "Promised Land," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, CBS, 1983.

Maria Santini, "Too Late for Love," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1983.

Dr. Strathmore, "Old Ghosts," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985.

Inez, "Dead Woman's Shoes," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

"Bold Ghosts," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985.

"Gotta Dance," The New Love, American Style, ABC, 1985.

Audrey Webster, "Black Widows," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1986.

Sonia Cardenas, "The Affair," Matlock, NBC, 1986.

"Full Moon Blues," Simon and Simon, CBS, 1986.

"Love and the Game Show," The New Love, American Style, ABC, 1986.

"Till Death Do Us Part," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1986.

Jennifer Hartman, "Any Second Now," Hunter, NBC, 1987.

"A World of Difference," Werewolf, Fox, 1987.

Pretty woman, "False Faces," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1988.

"Lives in the Balance," Buck James, ABC, 1988.

Cohost, The Reporters, Fox, 1989.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as ET), syndicated, 1989.

Maria, "The Treasure of Manco," MacGyver, ABC, 1990.

Voice of Estella Velasquez, "Mummies of Malenque," The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (animated), TBS, Cartoon Network, and syndicated, 1996.

Kirsten Fox, "In Defense of Murder," Diagnosis: Murder, CBS, 1997.

Paula, "Parents and Children," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997.

Paula, "Roman Catholic Holiday," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997.

Voice of Estella Velasquez, "The Robot Spies," The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (animated; also known as Jonny Quest and Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures), TBS, Cartoon Network, and syndicated, 1997.

Maria Hamilton, "Bad Seed," Martial Law, CBS, 1998.

Voice of mother, "Unmasked," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2001.

Lydia, "Maid Man," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2003.

Also appeared in Storytime, PBS.

Stage Appearances:

Member of chorus, A Musical Merchant of Venice, Roundabout Theatre Stage Two, New York City, 1975.

Gina, New York City Street Show, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1977.

Trouble, Ark Theatre Company, New York City, 1981.

Lilina Stanislavski, Chekhov in Yalta, Walnut Street Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1983–84.

Mimi, Broken Eggs, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1984.



Beyond Survival (autobiography), Bantam, 1986.



Markman, Ronald, and Ron LaBrecque, Obsessed: The Stalking of Theresa Saldana, William Morrow, 1994.

Notable Hispanic American Women, Book 2, Gale, 1998.


Catholic Digest, November, 1997, pp. 18–34.

Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 10, issue 1, 1996, pp. 18–19.

Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1989.

Parade, January 24, 1993.

People Weekly, June 5, 1989, p. 44.

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