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Miriam Colon

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colon was just a young girl in the 1940s when her recently divorced mother moved the family to a public housing project called "Residencial Las Casas" located in Barrio Obrero, San Juan. She attended the Ramon Baldorioty de Castro High School located in Old San Juan, where she was always actively participated in the school's plays. Her first drama teacher, Marcos Colon (no relation to Miriam) believed that she was very talented and with his help she was permitted to observe the students in the "Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico". She was a good student in high school and was awarded scholarships which enable her to enroll in the "Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institude" and also in "The Lee Strasburg Acting Studio" in New York City.In 1953, Colon debuted as "Lolita" in her first movie which was locally produced, called Peloteros (Baseball Players), starring Ramón (Diplo) Rivero.In 1954, Colon moved to New York, where she worked in theater and later landed a role in the American soap opera "Guiding Light". On one occasion she attended a presentation of Rene Marques "La Carreta" (The Oxcart). That presentation motivated her to form the first Hispanic theater group, with the help of "La Carreta"'s producer, Roberto Rodriguez. It was called "El Circulo Dramatico" (The Drama Circuit).From 1954 to 1974, Colon made over 250 guest appearances in television shows. She appeared mostly in westerns such as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The High Chaparral" and "Have Gun, Will Travel" where she played a Mexican woman.In 1961, Colon participated in the movie One-eyed Jacks as "Redhead" starring Marlon Brando and in 1979, she starred alongside Jose Ferrer, Raul Julia and Henry Darrow in the movie Life of Sin, where she played the role of the infamous Puerto Rican female gangster "Isabel la Negra". In 1983 she played "Tony Montana's" (Al Pacino) mother in Scarface. According to Colon, her inspiration for the role of "Montana's" mother came from her own mother. She was also cast as "Maria" in the 1999 film Gloria with Sharon Stone.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% The Girl Is In Trouble
  • Grandma
2015
40% Foreverland
  • Esperanza
2013
71% Bless Me, Ultima
  • Ultima
2013
62% Gun Hill Road
  • Gloria
2011
No Score Yet The Cry
  • Gloria the Curandera
2008
No Score Yet Almost a Woman
  • Tata
2006
44% Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
  • Mercedes
2005
32% All the Pretty Horses
  • Dona Alfonsa
2000
No Score Yet The Blue Diner
  • Meche
2000
17% Gloria
  • Maria
1999
No Score Yet Mistrial
  • Mrs. Cruz
1996
93% Lone Star
  • Mercedes Cruz
1996
No Score Yet Oedipus Mayor
  • Actor
1996
65% Sabrina
  • Rosa
1995
29% The House of the Spirits
  • Nun
1994
No Score Yet A Life of Sin
  • Isabel LaNegra
1992
No Score Yet Lightning Field (The Lightning Incident)
  • Actor
1991
94% City of Hope
  • Mrs. Ramirez
1991
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés
  • Ina Dietz
1984
82% Scarface
  • Mama Montana
1983
50% Back Roads
  • Angel
1981
No Score Yet Starstruck
  • Yolanda
1981
No Score Yet The Possession of Joel Delaney
  • Veronica, Maid
1972
No Score Yet The Appaloosa
  • Ana
1966
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West
  • Eva Talbot
1966
No Score Yet Thunder Island
  • Anita Chavez
1963
No Score Yet The Outsider
  • Anita
1961
No Score Yet Battle at Bloody Beach
  • Nahni
1961
57% One-Eyed Jacks
  • Redhead
1961
No Score Yet Los Peloteros
  • Actor
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mrs. Rivers
No Score Yet Hawthorne
2009-2011
  • Mama Renata
65% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
  • Actor

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