Catalina Sandino Moreno
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Date of Birth: April 19, 1981
Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia
Height: 5' 6½"
Best Known For: Maria Full of Grace, Fast Food Nation
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Catalina Sandino Moreno was born on April 19, 1981, in Bogotá, Colombia. Her mother was a pathologist, and raised Moreno in Colombia. Moreno studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She then attended the Rubén Di Pietro acting school in Bogotá, where her talent shinned and she appeared in numerous stage productions.
In 2002, Moreno was recommended by an anonymous person to the casting agent for the film Maria Full of Grace. Moreno later auditioned and won the lead role over 900 other actresses. In September 2002, she began filming the movie in her home country of Colombia and completed filming in New York City. After completing her work on the film, Moreno relocated to New York City to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Maria Full of Grace premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and was later seen in theaters across the country. Moreno won multiple awards for her lead performance in the film including Best Female Lead Award in the Independent Spirit Awards, Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress in the Berlin International Film Festival, Breakthrough Award in the Gotham Awards, New generation Award in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress in the Seattle International Film Festival, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.After the Maria Full of Grace excitement died down, Moreno began filming more movies and continuing her very promising career. Her second film was the 2006 limited release thriller Journey to the End of the Night with Mos Def and Brendan Fraser. That same year she appeared in the French film Paris, je t'aime, followed by a role in Fast Food Nation with Greg Kinnear. Next, Moreno will be seen in The Hottest State which was written and directed by Ethan Hawke, and in the 2007 films The Heart of the Earth and Love in the Time of Cholera.
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