Who’s Jimmy Smits partner, Wanda De Jesus? Are they married? Wiki Bio

• Wanda De Jesus was born in Manhattan, New York City USA in 1958
• She graduated with a BFA degree from the Leonard Davis Center for Performing Arts, part of City College of New York
• She has had a successful acting career in television, film, and theater, with a net worth of over $10 million
• She has been in a relationship with actor Jimmy Smits since 1986
• She is 5ft 3ins (160 cm) tall and is not active across social media sites

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Who is Wanda De Jesus?

Wanda De Jesus was born on the 26th August 1958, in Manhattan, New York City USA, of American and Puerto Rican descent, and is an actress, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Santana Andrade in the TV series “Santa Barbara”, playing Millie in the film “Illegal Tender”, and as Detective Adell Sevilla in the TV series “CSI: Miami”. She is also known for being in a relationship with actor Jimmy Smits.

Early Life and Education

Wanda De Jesus was brought up in her hometown by her parents; her mother worked as a nurse. She went to the High School of Performing Arts, after which she enrolled in The Leonard Davis Center for Performing Arts, a part of City College of New York, from where she graduated with a BFA degree in 1979.

Right after graduation, she started to pursue her career as an actress in theater, performing at the Public Theater and Broadway, alongside Robert De Niro and other famous actors.

Career Beginnings

Speaking about Wanda’s acting career on television, it began when she made her debut appearance in the role of Gomez in the TV series “Another World” in 1986, which was followed by starring as Leda Cervantes in the TV series “Mariah” and making a guest appearance as Inez Santiago in an episode of the TV series “L.A. Law”, both in 1987. In 1990, she featured as Luisa Diaz in the film “Downtown”, and as Estevez in the film “RoboCop 2”, directed by Irvin Kershner. All of these projects contributed to the establishment of her net worth.

Rise to Fame

In 1991, Wanda starred as Darlene in the TV film “Fatal Friendship”, after which came her breakthrough role, when she was selected to play the main role of Santana Andrade in the TV series “Santa Barbara”, which lasted through 1992 on the NBC channel, and enormously increased her popularity. In 1994 she was cast as Carmen Munoz in Charles Burnett’s film “The Glass Shield”, which was followed by her portrayal of Liz Vega in the TV series “Live Shot” as well as Leslie Moore in the film “Captain Nuke And The Bomber Boys”, both in 1995. During the next several years, she mainly guest-starred in a number of TV series, before her next major role came in 1999, when she played Karen in the film entitled “Flawless”, starring with Robert De Niro. She then appeared in the role of Jackie in the 2000 film “Once In The Life”.

The 2000s

Wanda continued to line up successes in the new millennium, by portraying Akooshay in John Carpenter’s film entitled “Ghosts Of Mars” (2001), playing Graciella Rivers in the 2002 film “Blood Work”, and as Mami in the TV film “Almost A Woman” the same year, for which she won the 2003 Imagen Award in the category of Best Actress in a TV Film, adding a considerable amount to her net worth. During the same year, she won the role of Detective Adell Sevilla in the hit TV series “CSI: Miami” (2002-2003), starring along with Adam Rodriguez, David Caruso and Emily Procter. Afterwards, Wanda was cast as Millie De Leon in the 2007 film “Illegal Tender” – which earned her an Imagen Award nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Film – and played Captain Diaz in the film “The Ministers” (2009). In 2010, she was chosen to portray Iris Blanco in the TV series “All My Children”.

The 2010s

To speak further about her acting career, Wanda starred in the role of Carla in the TV series “Sons Of Anarchy” in 2012, created by Kurt Sutter. In the following year, she was cast as Officer Siler in the film “Water & Power”. Most recently, she featured as Edith in the TV film entitled “Letter Never Sent” in 2015.

Wanda De Jesus Net Worth

Her career started in 1986, and since then she has been a consistently active member of the entertainment industry, which has added a considerable amount to her net worth. Thus, if you ever wondered how rich Wanda De Jesus is, it has been estimated from authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $10 million, as of mid-2018.

Life behind the Scene

When it comes to speak about her personal life, Wanda De Jesus has been in a relationship with actor Jimmy Smits since 1986; they don’t have children. The couple’s current residence is in Los Angeles, California. .

Speaking about her appearance, Wanda is not a very tall actress, as her height is reputed to be just 5ft 3ins (160 cm).

Regarding her activity across social media sites, she is not known to be active.





Title Year Status Character
Letter Never Sent 2015 TV Movie Edith
Water & Power 2013 Officer Siler
Blue 2013 TV Series Cynthia
Sons of Anarchy 2012 TV Series Carla
All My Children 2010 TV Series Iris Blanco / Iris
Law & Order: LA 2010 TV Series Lieutenant Arleen Gonzalez
The Ministers 2009 Captain Diaz
Illegal Tender 2007 Millie
Detective 2005 TV Movie Sanchez
CSI: Miami 2002-2003 TV Series Detective Adell Sevilla
Thieves 2002 TV Series Katrina Epstein
Almost a Woman 2002 TV Movie Mami
Blood Work 2002 Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)
First Monday 2002 TV Series Lawyer
Ghosts of Mars 2001 Akooshay
Once in the Life 2000 Jackie
Pensacola: Wings of Gold 2000 TV Series Ali
Flawless 1999 Karen
The Insider 1999 Geologist / FBI Woman
Promised Land 1999 TV Series Nina Charles
Time to Pay 1999 Video Magdalena Scanlon
Vengeance Unlimited 1998 TV Series District Attorney Rosalie Hanson
Nash Bridges 1997 TV Series Agent Janet Reynolds
Brooklyn South 1997 TV Series Detective Marina McConnell
Gold Coast 1997 TV Movie Vivian Onzola
Executive Power 1997 Video Debra Skelly (as Wanda DeJesus)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series Xochitl
Profiler 1996 TV Series Catherine Evers
Diagnosis Murder 1996 TV Series Detective Emma Lopez
Spider-Man 1996 TV Series Dr. Sylvia Lopez
NYPD Blue 1996 TV Series Det. Martina Escobar
Touched by an Angel 1996 TV Series Sue Cheney
Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys 1995 Leslie Moore
Live Shot 1995 TV Series Liz Vega
SeaQuest 2032 1995 TV Series Commander Pamela Lopez
Babylon 5 1995 TV Series Sarah
The Glass Shield 1994 Carmen Munoz
Civil Wars 1992 TV Series Linda Rodriguez
Fatal Friendship 1991 TV Movie Darlene
Equal Justice 1991 TV Series Suzanne Garner
Matlock 1990 TV Series Alana Leon
Lifestories 1990 TV Series Dr. Duran
Singer & Sons 1990 TV Series Mary Garza
RoboCop 2 1990 Estevez
Downtown 1990 Luisa Diaz
Lucky Chances 1990 TV Mini-Series Suzita
Prime Target 1989 TV Movie
Tales from the Darkside 1988 TV Series Telephone
Pursuit of Happiness 1988 TV Series Mrs. Lopez
L.A. Law 1987 TV Series Ms. Santiago
Mariah 1987 TV Series Leda Cervantes
Santa Barbara 1984 TV Series Santana Andrade #4 (1991-1992)
Another World 1964 TV Series Gomez (1986)


Title Year Status Character
The Making of ‘Illegal Tender’ 2008 Video short special thanks
Making ‘Blood Work’ 2002 Video documentary short special thanks – as Wanda De Jesús


Title Year Status Character
Hot Tamales Live Kiki Melendez Presents 2010 TV Movie Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
The Making of ‘Illegal Tender’ 2008 Video short Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Herself
The 29th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Narrator
Conversation with Clint Eastwood, Wanda De Jesus and Paul Rodriguez 2002 Video short Herself
Making ‘Blood Work’ 2002 Video documentary short Herself (as Wanda De Jesús)
2002 ALMA Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
The Test 2001 TV Series Herself – Panelist
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself – Audience Member
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Herself


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2003 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress – Television Almost a Woman (2002)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2013 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress/Television Sons of Anarchy (2008)
2008 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress – Film Illegal Tender (2007)
1996 NCLR Bravo Award NCLR Bravo Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Live Shot (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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