National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2015 To Honor Ivonne Coll With Lifetime Achievement Award
By: Espada PR
People’s Choice Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Ivonne Coll is a theater, television, and film actress from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Her film debut as "Redheaded Yolanda" in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather II helped her discover her passion for acting, becoming one of the first Latin actresses to cross over and work consistently in Hollywood.
Her award-winning variety show in Puerto Rico, Una Chica Llamada Ivonne Coll (A GirlCalled Ivonne Coll) (1972-74) provided the perfect opportunity to showcase her many talents which included singing, dancing and acting. She represented Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant in 1967. In 1972 she was the star of the USO Tour Puerto RicoSings for the troops stationed in Vietnam. In 1988 Coll had the stellar role in Cuqui aWoman Like You produced by WAPA TV.
Ivonne Coll had the fortune of training in drama among others with Lee Strasberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and musical theater with David Craig.
Broadway credits include Tony Award Nominated Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Joseph Papp's Shakespeare on Broadway: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, and Goodbye Fidel.
Regional Theater performances include playing the title role in Mother Courage at Berkley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse. Other regional work include Chicago’s Goodman Theater, Princenton’s McCarter Theater, Mark Tapper Forum, San Diego Rep, Arizona Theater Company and San Jose Rep Theater.
Awards received include: The People’s Choice Award, (Jane The Virgin) TCA’s Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming (Switched at Birth), Eternity Award Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, ACE Award NY Hispanic Media (Orinoco), Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival Best Actress (De Pura Cepa), Craig Noel Award forOutstanding Performance San Diego Critics Circle (Adoration of the Old Woman), Agueybana de Oro Best Supporting Actress (Coralito).
Award nominations include: Golden Globe (Jane The Virgin), Jefferson Award as Best Supporting Actress (Electricidad)
Film credits among others include: Waking the Dead, (Polygram), Lean on Me (WB) Instinct (Touchstone Pictures), Into Deep (Miramax), The Pest (Tristar), A Rainy Day (Universal) and Hemingway & Gelhorn (HBO.)
Coll is currently starring as a series regular on Jane The Virgin (CW.) Other television credits include Switched at Birth (ABC Family) Teen Wolf (MTV) Glee (Fox) East Los High (Hulu), Nip Tuck (FX), An American Family (PBS) Six Feet Under (HBO), NYPD Blue (Fox ), The Practice (Fox), ER (NBC), Heroes (NBC), Crossing Jordan(NBC), Judging Amy (Fox), Saturday Night Live (NBC) Cold Case (CBS), Joan of Arcadia (CBS), LA LAW (Fox), Wings (CBS), Without a Trace (CBS) and CSI (CBS.)
Film and theater critic Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune calls Ivonne Coll “A formidable actress” as she continues to deliver breakthrough performances on television, film and theater.
Honorees also include award-winning actress Rita Moreno, Victor Manuelle and Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the upcoming Broadway musical “Hamilton,”
This year’s theme is “One Community, Many Voices.”