Sunday, October 10, 2010

Leonor Varela Palma

Leonor Varela and her family fled her native Chile when she was a child due to political oppression.
The family moved constantly, from Costa Rica to Germany to the USA and, finally, to France, where she studied acting and began her performing career doing minor roles in film and tv.
Her big break came as the title character in the mini-series Cleopatra.
Since then, Leonor's primarily played femme fatale / exotic beauty types with the occasional character role.
Trivia:
She was briefly engaged to Cleopatra co-star (and genre actor) Billy Zane.
Leonor is a committed environmental activist who has donated both her name value / celebrity status and time to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Global Green USA, Oceana (Osean Conservation Group) and Centro Ballena Azúl (Chile).
She's multi-lingual, fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Genre appearances include...
MonsterWolf (Maria)
Human Target(Maria Gellego)
Sleep Dealer(Luz Martínez)
Hell Ride(Nada)
Curse of King Tut's Tomb(Dr Azelia Barakat)
E-Ring "Pilot"
Jeremiah (Judith)
StarGate Atlantis(Chaya Sar)
Blade II(Nyssa Damaskinos)

Check out...
Leonor's Official WebSite
Other actresses to play Cleopatra include...
There are 87 different listings here for various movie / tv Cleopatras based on the historical figure.
(And that doesn't count similarly-named characters like the title character of Cleopatra 2525 or Cleopatra Jones!)

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