Wanda De Jesus Bio, Age, Parents, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Movies

Who is Wanda De Jesus? | Wanda De Jesus Biography and Wiki

Wanda De Jesus is an American actress who was born and brought up in Manhattan, New York, United States of America. She is best known for her role in movies as well as reality television series. Wanda was the fourth actress to portray Santana Andrade in NBC’s soap opera Santa Barbara. She also portrayed in Blood Work (2002), Ghosts of Mars (2001) and RoboCop 2 (1990).

Wanda De Jesus Age | Birthday

Wanda is 61 years old as of 2019, she was born on August 26, 1958, in Manhattan, New York, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on August 26th every year.  Wanda will be 62 years old on August 26th, 2020.

Wanda De Jesus Height And Weight

The American actress stands at a height of 5ft 3inches (1.62 m). She also weighs 121 lbs (55 kg).

Wanda De Jesus Education

Wanda attended the ‘High School of the Performing Arts’ in New York. There, she discovered her passion for acting. She then attended the ‘City University of New York’ and graduated in 1981, with a major in performing arts.

While at the university, Wanda took a year off and joined the popular New York punk rock band called ‘Coney Island White Fish,’ as a singer.

Wanda De Jesus Parents

Wanda was born to parents who were first-generation immigrants from Puerto Rico. She is of Hispanic–American descent.

Wanda De Jesus Husband | Jimmy Smits

Wanda is in a relationship with actor Jimmy Smits. They began dating in 1986, a year before Jimmy divorced his first wife, Barbara Smits, with whom he has two children, Taina (born in 1975) and Joaquin (born in 1983).

Though secretive about her personal life, Wanda has revealed that she had first met Jimmy in New York in the early 1980s. She was then working on a play. Eventually, her friendship with Jimmy transformed into a passionate affair. They later began living together. Wanda has no children.

Wanda De Jesus Net Worth

Wanda has an estimated net worth of $10 million. She has been in the film industry for more than three decades. That’s why she has no doubt amassed a huge fortune with the bulk of her wealth comes from her professional acting career.

Wanda De Jesus Career

Wanda began her career as an actress on stage. She was cast in the 1986 Broadway ‘ Cuba & His Teddy Bear ‘ as ‘ Lourdes. ‘ She worked in the play with actor Robert De Niro. Marked as the ‘ Broadway ‘ debut of De Niro, the play gained enormous critical acclaim from Wanda and helped her establish herself as a talented actor.

She entered the TV circuit the same year with the’ NBC ‘ soap opera’ Another World,’ in which she was seen as’ Gomez.’ In 1987, she made her first regular TV role as’ Leda Cervantes’ in the series ‘ Mariah.’ After brief appearances in a few more TV productions, she made her film debut in 1990.

In the buddy-cop action–comedy film’ Downtown,’ Wanda was cast as’ Luisa Diaz.’ She also appeared as’ Estevez’ in another action flick,’ RoboCop 2,’ and as’ Suzita’ in the 1990 TV miniseries ‘ Lucky Chances.’

From 1991, she started playing’ Santana Andrade,’ one of the most recast characters in the’ NBC ‘ soap opera’ Santa Barbara.’ While still on the show, Wanda appeared in the’ ABC ‘ legal drama’ Civil Wars’ (as’ Linda Rodriguez’) and the TV film ‘ Fatal Friendship’ (as’ Darlene’).

She had a recurring role as’ Liz Vega’ in the’ Live Shot ‘ series of’ UPN,’ for which she was nominated for a’ NCLR Bravo Award’ for’ Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.’

She was part of two videos, as’ Debra Skelly’ in the political thriller ‘ Executive Power’ (1997) and as’ Magdalena Scanlon’ in the crime drama ‘ Time to Pay’ (1999).

After appearing in the TV movies ‘ Gold Coast’ (as’ Vivian Onzola,’ 1997) and’ Almost a Woman’ (as’ Mami,’ 2002), she bagged the recurring role of’ Detective Adell Sevilla’ for her performance in’ Almost a Woman’ in the police-procedural drama ‘ Crime Scene Investigation: Miami.’ In 2003, Wanda received the’ Imagen Award’ for’ Best Actress in a Television Film.’

Some of her important TV roles were’ Iris Blanco’ in the’ ABC ‘ soap opera’ All My Children’ and’ Carla’ in the’ FX’ crime drama’ Sons of Anarchy.’ Her role as a brothel operator in the latter was well received. In 2010, Wanda was seen as a commanding officer of the’ LAPD,” Lt.

Arleen Gonzalez, in the’ NBC’ police and legal drama’ Law & Order: Los Angeles.’ The role had undergone several significant changes after Wanda joined the cast. Some episodes of the series were shot with some other actor even after Wanda had finished filming two episodes.

In the 2013 film ‘ Water & Power,’ directed by Richard Montoya, Wanda was cast as’ Officer Siler,’ The film was an adaptation of his 2006 play of the same name. She had watched the play and was heavily affected by Richard’s writing. She later met Richard at another event and discussed the potential of the play to be made into a film. Richard asked Wanda to listen to the script as a film after about a year and even offered her a role in it.

Wanda De Jesus Nationality

Wanda is an American by nationality.

Wanda De Jesus Ethnicity

She is of Hispanic–American descent. She was born to parents who were first-generation immigrants from Puerto Rico.

Wanda De Jesus Sons Of Anarchy

Wanda played the role of Carla In the Sons of Anarchy in 2012. The series aired from 2008 to 2014.

Wanda De Jesus Movies And TV Shows


  • 2013 Water & Power as Officer Siler
  • 2009 The Ministers as Capt. Diaz
  • 2007 Illegal Tender as Millie De Leon
  • 2002 Blood Work as Graciella Rivers
  • 2001 Ghosts of Mars as Akooshay
  • 2000 Once in the Life as Jackie
  • 1999 Time to Pay as Magdalena Scanlon
  • 1999 Flawless as Karen
  • 1997 Executive Power as Debra Skelly
  • 1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys as Leslie Moore
  • 1994 The Glass Shield as Carmen Munoz
  • 1990 Downtown as Luisa Diaz
  • 1990 RoboCop 2 as Estevez


1998 – 2015

  • 2015 Letter Never Sent as Edith
  • 2013 Blue as Cynthia
  • 2012 Sons of Anarchy as Carla
  • 2010 Law & Order: LA as Lt. Arleen Gonzalez
  • 2010 All My Children as Iris Blanco
  • 2005 Detective as Sanchez
  • 2002 Almost a Woman as Mami
  • 2002 Thieves as Katrina Epstein
  • 2002-2003 CSI: Miami as Det. Adell Sevilla
  • 2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold as Ali
  • 1999 Promised Land as Nina Charles
  • 1998 Vengeance Unlimited as District Atty. Rosalie Hanson

1995 – 97

  • 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child as Xochitl (voice)
  • 1997 Gold Coast as Vivian Onzola
  • 1997 Brooklyn South as Det. Marina McConnell
  • 1997 Nash Bridges as Agent Janet Reynolds
  • 1996 Touched by an Angel as Sue Cheney
  • 1996 NYPD Blue as Det. Martina Escobar
  • 1996 Spider-Man as Dr. Sylvia Lopez (voice)
  • 1996 Diagnosis: Murder as Det. Emma Lopez
  • 1996 Profiler as Catherine Evers
  • 1995 Babylon 5 as Sarah
  • 1995 SeaQuest DSV as Comm. Pamela Lopez
  • 1995 Live Shot as Liz Vega

1986 – 92

  • 1992 Civil Wars as Linda Rodriguez
  • 1991 Equal Justice as Suzanne Garner
  • 1991 Fatal Friendship as Darlene
  • 1991-1992 Santa Barbara as Santana Andrade
  • 1990 Singer & Sons as Mary Garza
  • 1990 Lucky Chances as Suzita
  • 1990 Lifestories as Dr. Duran
  • 1990 Matlock as Alana Leon
  • 1988 The Pursuit of Happiness as Mrs. Lopez
  • 1988 Tales from the Darkside as Telephone (voice)
  • 1987 Mariah as Leda Cervantes
  • 1987 L.A. Law as Ms. Santiago
  • 1986 Another World as Gomez

Wanda De Jesus House

Wanda lives in a luxurious mansion located in Los Angeles, California, USA. The house is owned by her partner Jimmy Smits, which he bought in May 1993 for $1.565 million. The house is spread over 4,405 sq ft and content of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wanda De Jesus

Who is Wanda De Jesus?

Wanda is an accomplished actress who was the fourth actress to portray Santana Andrade in NBC’s soap opera Santa Barbara.

How old is Wanda De Jesus?

Wanda is 61 years old as of 2019, she was born on August 26, 1958, in Manhattan, New York, United States of America.

How tall is Wanda De Jesus?

The American actress stands at a height of 5ft 4 inches (1.62 m).

is Wanda de Jesus married to Jimmy Smits?

No, she is in a relationship with actor Jimmy Smits. They began dating in 1986, and together they have no children. The duo resides in Los Angeles, California, USA.

How much is Wanda De Jesus worth?

Wanda has an approximate net worth of $10 million. This amount has been accrued from her leading roles in the entertainment industry.

Where does Wanda De Jesus live?

She is a resident of Los Angeles, California, USA, we shall upload pictures of her house as soon as we have them.

Is Wanda De Jesus dead or alive?

Wanda is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of her being sick or having any health-related issues.