Miriam Talisa Soto
March 27, 1967
|Other names||Desiree More|
|Years active||1982–2002, 2009|
|Known for||Lupe Lamora – Licence to Kill|
Princess Kitana – Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
Talisa Soto (born March 27, 1967) is a former American actress and model. Soto is known for portraying Bond girl Lupe Lamora in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill, and as Kitana in the 1995 fantasy action film Mortal Kombat and its 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Prior to her acting career, Soto worked as a model, appearing in magazines such as Mademoiselle, Glamour and Elle.
Miriam Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of four children of parents who move from Puerto Rico. During her early childhood, her parents moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where Soto and her siblings were raised and educated.
At age 15, Soto signed with Click Model Management and began modeling during summer vacations. Weeks after being signed, she traveled to Paris where she appeared in a layout for Vogue shot by Bruce Weber. Soto returned to Northampton after the summer to resume her schooling and would continue to model on occasion until she graduated from high school. She later appeared on the covers of American and British Vogue, British Elle, Mademoiselle, Glamour and Self magazines. Soto has been featured in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Cartier, Clarins, Revlon, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Versace. Soto also appeared in her first music video with former boyfriend Nick Kamen, Madonna's song "Each Time You Break My Heart", directed by Tony Viramontes. Soto and Kamen were often used as models by Ray Petri: the late fashion stylist and creator of the 1980s London "Buffalo Boy" look.
In 1988, when Soto returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of "India" in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1988, Soto was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond film Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings. Soto has appeared in more than twenty films, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Island of the Dead as Melissa O'Keefe; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, Johnny Depp's first love interest in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony's music video for "I Need to Know". In 1996, Soto played the title role in the campy film Vampirella based on the comic book character. Her last major film appearance would be in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever before retiring from acting upon marrying her husband Benjamin Bratt. She would only do one more film, La Mission (2009), which was directed by her brother-in-law Peter Bratt.
In 1990, Soto was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 1995, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue". She was ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.
Soto began a relationship with actor Benjamin Bratt, whom she had met when they played lovers in the film Pinero, when they attended the film's premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. They married on April 13, 2002 in San Francisco. Their daughter was born December 6, 2002. Their son was born October 3, 2005.
|1984||The Pope of Greenwich Village||Studio Dancer||Uncredited|
|1988||The French as Seen By...||French Girl||Episode: "The Cowboy and the Frenchman"|
|1988||Spike of Bensonhurst||India|
|1989||Licence to Kill||Lupe Lamora|
|1990||Silhouette||Marianna Herrera||Television film|
|1991||Prison Stories: Women on the Inside||Rosina||Television film|
|1992||The Mambo Kings||Maria Rivera|
|1993–1994||Harts of the West||Cassie||15 episodes|
|1994||Don Juan DeMarco||Doña Julia|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Princess Kitana|
|1996||Spy Hard||Seductress In Hotel Room||Credited as Desiree More|
|1997||The Corporate Ladder||Susan Taylor|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Princess Kitana||Alternative title: Mortal Kombat 2|
|1998||C-16: FBI||Rosemary Vargas||2 episodes|
|1998-2019||"The Melissa Films"||Melissa & Michael's Mom||22 films|
|2000||That Summer in L.A.||Marisabel|
|2000||Flight of Fancy||Mercedes Marquez||Alternative titles: Facing Fear|
|2000||Island of the Dead||Melissa O'Keefe||Television film|
|2002||Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever||Rayne Ecks / Vinn Gant|
|2009||La Mission||Ana||Credited as Talisa Soto Bratt|
Awards and nominations
|1989||ShoWest Convention||Won||Female Star of Tomorrow|
|2002||ALMA Award||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Piñero|
- Magill's Cinema Annual - Talisa Soto - 1967
- James Bond FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Everyone's Favorite Superspy - Lupe Lamora - By Tom DeMichael
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- Talisa Soto at Fashion Model Directory
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- "50 Most Beautiful People". People: 57. 1990-05-09. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
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