Ana Ortiz, Born in Manhattan
Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz – who was born in Manhattan, but raised in Philadelphia – originally studied to become a ballerina. But the pain of dancing en pointe forced the half-Puerto Rican actress to pursue a different discipline. So Ortiz switched to singing and attended New York City’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and later Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Ortiz, who will next star in Lifetime’s Devious Maids, made her professional stage debut in a regional theater production of Dangerous Liaisons. She’d later land first full-time television series role on Everybody Loves Raymond before winning our hearts as America Ferrera’s big sister on Betty.