New Yorkers: Ana Ortiz

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.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.