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Rosanna DeSoto is a Actor American born on 2 september 1950 at San Jose (USA)

Rosanna DeSoto

Rosanna DeSoto
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Nationality USA
Birth 2 september 1950 (70 years) at San Jose (USA)

Rosanna DeSoto (born September 2, 1950) is a Mexican American actress who has performed in films and television. She is best known for her roles in Stand and Deliver, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Azetbur, the daughter of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon.

Her other film roles include La Bamba (1987) as Ritchie Valens' mother Connie Valenzuela; and Family Business (1989) as the wife of Vito McMullen (Dustin Hoffman).

DeSoto's first television role was in the series A.E.S. Hudson Street (1978) as Nurse Rosa Santiago. She starred in the short-lived series The Redd Foxx Show (1986). She has made guest appearances on many television series, including Cannon, Kung Fu, Barnaby Jones, Barney Miller, Melrose Place, Murder, She Wrote, The Bold and the Beautiful and Law & Order.


From 1974 to 1978, DeSoto was married to Jonathan Taplin. They have one daughter, Daniela (born June 1976).

DeSoto has been married to David S. Ward since September 20, 1980. They have a daughter, Sylvana Bonifacia (born 1981).

DeSoto is also the aunt of Ken Ramoz, who appeared in such films as Gettysburg (1993) and Getting Even with Dad (1994).

She was also friends with the late Fred Hargadon, a former Dean of Admissions at Princeton University.

Best films

La Bamba (1987)

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Filmography of Rosanna DeSoto (12 films)

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Life Partners, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Greer Grammer, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover
Roles woman in car
Rating61% 3.0969053.0969053.0969053.0969053.096905
The comedy is about a co-dependent friendship between two very different girls—straight type-A Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Meester)—All is fine until Paige meets Tim (Brody), a young and charming doctor. As the relationship heats up, Paige and Sasha have to learn how to work Tim into their friendship.
Wooly Boys
Wooly Boys (2001)
, 1h39
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Actors Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Joseph Mazzello, Keith Carradine, Gregory Sporleder, Rosanna DeSoto
Rating61% 3.099173.099173.099173.099173.09917
A.J. "Stoney" Stoneman (Peter Fonda), a grizzled sheep rancher from Medora, North Dakota, is tricked by Sheriff Hank Dawson (Keith Carradine) into taking a trip to see his daughter Kate Harper (Robin Deardan) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While there, Stoney ends up bonding with his grandson, Charles (Joseph Mazzello), whom he hadn't seen in nine years. Charles is also part of the plot to get Stoney help for a serious health issue. Charles tells Stoney his mother is in the hospital, so they leave for the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, Stoney finds out that Kate was only "in" the hospital to trick Stoney into having an examination. Stoney and Kate have a bout with words as Stoney is leaving and he collapses from an aneurysm, thereby causing him to be hospitalized. With the aid of his rancher pal, Shuck (Kris Kristofferson), Stoney escapes the hospital—with Charles in tow—for what becomes a life-changing adventure as Charles discovers his family roots and what it means to be a “wooly boy”.
The 24 Hour Woman, 1h33
Directed by Nancy Savoca
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Rosie Perez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Patti LuPone, Melissa Leo, Karen Duffy, Wendell Pierce
Roles Linda
Rating53% 2.6641752.6641752.6641752.6641752.664175
Grace (Rosie Perez) struggles to be both a successful television producer and mother.
Invasion (1997)
, 2h55
Directed by Armand Mastroianni
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks, Disaster films
Actors Luke Perry, Kim Cattrall, Rebecca Gayheart, Christopher Orr, Jon Polito, Neal McDonough
Roles Nancy Ochoa
Rating56% 2.836222.836222.836222.836222.83622
Small rocks fall from the sky which, when touched, trigger a latent virus that has always existed in humans and begins mutating them into an alien species. Taking advantage of its hive mentality, the aliens are absolutely dedicated to transforming every human on Earth and do so with alarming swiftness. Only a small group of remaining humans have the medical knowledge to devise antibodies to reverse the effects of the virus.
Child of Rage, 1h34
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Ashley Peldon, Mel Harris, Dwight Schultz, Rosanna DeSoto, Mariette Hartley, Sam Gifaldi
Rating64% 3.2417953.2417953.2417953.2417953.241795
Minister Rob Tyler and his wife Jill Tyler adopt two children, Catherine and Eric. Eric is a sweet and timid child, while Catherine seems to come across as being the same. However, Catherine soon displays outbursts of violent rage for no apparent reason, affecting her behavior and interaction with others. At first, some of her violent acts (such as killing a clutch of baby birds and attacking Eric while he sleeps) go unnoticed, but when it progresses to tearing her room apart and stabbing the family dog with a needle, Rob and Jill sense something is wrong. They attempt to ask Hanna Doris, the children's caseworker, about anything in Catherine's past that might explain it, but Doris hides behind confidentiality laws and only suggests that Rob and Jill bring the children back if they're unable to handle them.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 1h53
Directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe, Nicholas Meyer, Ralph Winter
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols
Roles Azetbur
Rating71% 3.5987653.5987653.5987653.5987653.598765
As a Klingon moon, Praxis, explodes without warning, the starship USS Excelsior, commanded by Captain Hikaru Sulu, is struck by the shock wave and its crew discovers that much of the moon has been obliterated. The loss of their key energy production facility and the destruction of the Klingon homeworld's ozone layer throws the Klingon Empire into turmoil. No longer able to maintain a hostile footing, the Klingons sue for peace with their longstanding enemy, the United Federation of Planets. Accepting the proposal before the Klingons revert to a more belligerent approach, Starfleet sends the USS Enterprise-A to meet with the Klingon Chancellor, Gorkon, and escort him to negotiations on Earth. Enterprise‍ '​s captain, James T. Kirk, whose son David was murdered by Klingons years earlier, opposes the negotiations and resents his assignment.
Family Business, 1h50
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Themes Films about families, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto, Janet Carroll, Victoria Jackson
Roles Elaine
Rating57% 2.8993452.8993452.8993452.8993452.899345
Jessie McMullen (Sean Connery) is a Scotch-Irish American widower who emigrated with his Sicilian wife to New York in September 1946. A lovable rogue, incorrigible womaniser and tough guy, Jessie is proud of his criminal past and lifestyle. He raised son Vito (Dustin Hoffman) to follow in his footsteps, but Vito went straight at 21 when his son Adam was born. Vito now runs a thriving wholesale Twelfth Avenue meat-packing warehouse and has left his criminal life behind.
Stand and Deliver, 1h43
Directed by Ramón Menéndez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about education, Films about mathematics, Gangster films
Actors Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanna DeSoto, Andy García, Estelle Harris, Carmen Argenziano
Roles Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
Rating73% 3.65033.65033.65033.65033.6503
Jaime Escalante becomes a math teacher at James A. Garfield High School in Eastern Los Angeles. The school is full of hispanic students from working class families who are way below their grade level in terms of academic skills and have a lot of social problems. Escalante seeks to change the school culture to help the students excel in academics. He soon realizes the untapped potential of his class and sets a goal of having the students taking AP Calculus by their senior year. Escalante instructs his class under the philosophy of "ganas", roughly translating into "desire" or "motivation". The students begin taking summer classes in advanced mathematics with Escalante having to withstand the cynicism of other faculty, who feel the students are not capable enough. As the students struggle with the lower expectations they face in society, Escalante helps them overcome the adversity and pass the AP Calculus exams. To his dismay, the Educational Testing Service questions the success of the students, insisting there is too much overlap in their errors and suggests the students cheated. Escalante defends his students, feeling that the allegations are based more on racial and economic perceptions. He offers to have the students retake the test months later and the students succeed in passing the test again despite only having a day to prepare, dispelling the concerns of cheating.
La Bamba
La Bamba (1987)
, 1h48
Directed by Luis Valdez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, Joe Pantoliano
Roles Connie Valenzuela
Rating69% 3.4511853.4511853.4511853.4511853.451185
Richard Steven Valenzuela (Phillips) is a normal teenage boy who becomes a rock 'n' roll superstar under the stage name Ritchie Valens. He meets and falls in love with fellow high school student Donna Ludwig (von Zerneck), for whom he wrote a song that became a number two hit ("Donna"). However, Donna's father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican-American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela (DeSoto) and half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales), and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie's success.
About Last Night..., 1h49
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George DiCenzo, Michael Alldredge
Roles Mrs. Lyons
Rating62% 3.148853.148853.148853.148853.14885
Danny and Bernie are two single men who live in Chicago. When Danny meets Debbie at Mother Malone's ("Mother's"), a bar in the Chicago Gold Coast, the two start a relationship from a one-night stand. The film follows the couple for the first year of their relationship: their meeting after a softball game, her moving in with him, mutual friction at Thanksgiving, their breakup on New Year's Eve, his apology and declaration of love on St. Patrick's Day, and their reconciliation at a softball game.
Cannery Row, 2h
Directed by David S. Ward
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Actors Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, Audra Lindley, Frank McRae, M. Emmet Walsh, Rosanna DeSoto
Roles Ellen Sedgewick
Rating66% 3.346893.346893.346893.346893.34689
The story is about the skid row citizens of Monterey, California, set during World War II. As declining fish stocks are shutting down a previously rich fishery and the dependent canning industry, bums and hookers lead colorful and adventurous lives in a balmy seaside setting.
The In-Laws, 1h39
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Monde imaginaire
Actors Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Lembeck, Penny Peyser
Roles Evita
Rating72% 3.6466653.6466653.6466653.6466653.646665
The daughter of mild-mannered Manhattan dentist Sheldon "Shelly" Kornpett and the son of businessman Vince Ricardo are engaged to be married. At an introductory dinner in which Shelly meets his new in-law Vince, he finds Vince suspicious; during the dinner, Vince tells a crazy story of a nine-month "consulting" trip to 1954 Guatemala. Vince's son and wife seem oblivious. Shelly pleads with his daughter not to marry into the Ricardo clan, since he mistrusts Vince. Shelly agrees to give Vince a chance.