Zuniga, Daphne 1962-

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Zuniga, Daphne 1962-


Full name, Daphne Eurydice Zuniga; born October 28, 1962, in San Francisco, CA (some sources say Berkeley, CA); father, a professor of philosophy; mother, a Unitarian minister; sister of Jennifer Zuniga (an actress). Education: Studied theatre arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the American Conservatory Theatre; studied improvisation with Gary Austin; studied acting with Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio and with Larry Moss. Avocational Interests: Hiking in the hills, motorcycling, meditation.


Agent—Bauman, Redanty, and Shaul Agency, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 473, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Manager—Rain Management Group, 12300 Wilshire Blvd., Suites 420 and 425, Los Angeles, CA 90025.


Actress. New Woolhouse Players, Woodstock, VT, performer. Appeared in print advertisements for Sassoon sportswear; appeared in infomercials, including Lauren Hutton Face Disc cosmetics. Active in charitable projects, including the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project; involved with various Central American political causes; Earth Communications Office (environmental organization), founding board member.

Awards, Honors:

Desi Award nomination, best Hispanic television actress, 1995, for Melrose Place.


Film Appearances:

Debbie, The Dorm That Dripped Blood (also known as Death Dorm and Pranks), 1981.

Kelly/Terry, The Initiation, New World, 1984.

Allison Bradbury, The Sure Thing, Embassy, 1985.

Margie Epstein, Vision Quest (also known as Crazy for You), Warner Bros., 1985.

Margo, Modern Girls, Atlantic, 1986.

Princess Vespa, Spaceballs, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987.

Angela, Last Rites, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Beth Logan, The Fly II, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989.

Beverly Young, Staying Together, Hemdale, 1989.

Laurie Rorbach, Gross Anatomy (also known as A Cut Above), Buena Vista, 1989.

Minha, Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon (also known as 800 Leagues Down the Amazon and Jules Verne's "Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon"), Concorde-New Horizons, 1993.

Young Mrs. Miller, Mad at the Moon, Republic, 1993.

Penni, Charlie's Ghost Story (also known as Charlie's Ghost: The Story of Coronado), 1994.

Chantal, Cityscrapes: Los Angeles, High Octane Productions, 1996.

Rini, Naked in the Cold Sun, Duranhgo Pictures, 1997.

Shirley (Greta Garbo's stand-in), Stand-Ins, First Look Pictures Releasing, 1997.

Judy Kravitz, Enemies of Laughter, Eternity Pictures, 2000.

Karen Wettering, Artificial Lies (also known as Le manipulateur), Blackwatch Productions, 2000.

Herself, Road to "The Sure Thing" (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2003.

Herself, "Spaceballs": The Documentary (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2005.

Tina, A-List, 2006.

Herself, … So Goes the Nation (documentary), IFC Films, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jo Beth Reynolds, Melrose Place, Fox, 1992-96.

Shelly Pierce, American Dreams (also known as Our Generation), NBC, 2004-2005.

Lynn Kerr, Beautiful People, ABC Family, 2005-2006.

Voice of Princess Vespa, Spaceballs: The Animated Series (animated), G4, 2007-2008.

Victoria Davis, One Tree Hill, The CW, 2008.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Teresa "Terri" Peralta, Degree of Guilt, NBC, 1995.

Dr. Roni Sanders, Pandora's Clock (also known as Doomsday Virus), NBC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Kim Maida, Quarterback Princess, CBS, 1983.

Carrie Lang, Stone Pillow, CBS, 1985.

Patricia/Elizabeth Burrows, Prey of the Chameleon, Showtime, 1992.

Claire, Loss of Faith (also known as The Truth about Lying and Au coeur de la verite le mensonge), Lifetime, 1998.

Amanda Morton, Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail, PAX, 2003.

Jill Thompson, Secret Lives, Lifetime, 2005.

Deborah Matthews, The Obsession, Lifetime, 2006.

Jill, Christmas Do-Over, ABC Family, 2006.

Mail Order Bride, Hallmark Channel, 2008.

Television Appearances; Specials:

A Day in the Lives of Melrose Place, Fox, 1994.

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1994.

National Council of La Raza Bravo Awards (also known as The 1995 NCLR Bravo Awards), Fox, 1995.

Off Camera with Dean Cain, ABC, 1995.

Host, Love Thy Neighbor: The Baddest and the Best of "Melrose Place," Fox, 1995.

The Road to Fame on "Melrose Place" and "90210," Fox, 1995.

National Council of La Raza Bravo Awards (also known as The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards), Fox, 1996.

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1996.

Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories—A Musical Family Reunion, PBS, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Lee Grant, Lifetime, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Josie Bissett, Lifetime, 2003.

"Melrose Place": The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Heather Locklear: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

I Love the '90s, VH1, 2004.

When "Star Wars" Ruled the World, VH1, 2004.

When "Melrose Place" Ruled the World, VH1, 2004.

Host, TED: The Future We Will Create (documentary; also known as The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED), Showtime, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jo Beth Reynolds, Models Inc., Fox, 1994.

Lynn Kerr, Beautiful People, ABC Family, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Rachel Miller, "Double Date," Family Ties, NBC, 1984.

Rachel Miller, "The Graduate," Family Ties, NBC, 1984.

Irene Marlowe, "The Eyes of the Panther," Nightmare Classics, Showtime, 1989.

Elizabeth Mahern, "The Faithful Follower," The Hidden Room, 1993.

Voice of Cinderella, "Cinderella," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Tanya/Lillian, "Black Widow," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1997.

Carrie, "Hot in the City," Spin City, ABC, 1997.

Voice, "Ivan and His Magic Pony," Stories from My Childhood (also known as Mikhail Baryshnikov's "Stories from My Childhood"), PBS, 1997.

Voice, Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 1997.

Carrie, "It Happened One Night," Spin City, ABC, 1998.

Juliette Kagan, "Essence of Life," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

Voice of Lula, "Once Burned," Batman Beyond (animated; also known as Batman of the Future), The WB, 1999.

Dr. Anne Russo, "Therapy," Stark Raving Mad, NBC, 2000.

Voice of April, "April Moon," Batman Beyond (animated; also known as Batman of the Future), The WB, 2000.

"Hollywood Bodies," Berman & Berman, Discovery Health, 2003.

Emma Dishell, "Abomination," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003.

Mrs. King, "Twas the Fight Before Christmas," Eve, UPN, 2003.

Dennis Miller, CNBC, 2005.

Good Morning America, ABC, 2005.

"Xmas in March," In the Mix (also known as In the Cutz), Urban America, 2006.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007.

Carly Summers, "Carly Summers," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2007.

Also appeared as herself, "Wild on the Bermuda Triangle," Wild On, E! Entertainment Television.

Television Work; Specials:

Executive producer, producer, and director, TED: The Future We Will Create (documentary; also known as The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED), Showtime, 2007.

Stage Appearances:

Tartuffe, Circus Theatricals, Los Angeles, 2003.


Music Videos:

"Night Moves," by Bob Seger, 1994.

"Crazy for This Girl," by Evan and Jaron, 2000.



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


Entertainment Weekly, November 12, 2004, p. 108.

Knight Ridder/Tribune, August 1, 2005.

O, The Oprah Magazine, July, 2005, p. 162.

People Weekly, November 27, 1995, p. 158.


Daphne Zuniga Website,http://www.daphnezuniga.net, September 3, 2008.