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Who is Sara Ramírez?

Who is Sara Ramírez?  The entertainment and acting world knows her as a Mexican-American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy(2006–present) and as the original Lady of the Lake in the 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.


Early life

Ramírez was born August 31, 1975 in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, a beach resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Her father was Mexican and her mother was half Mexican and half Irish-American.[citation needed]Ramírez moved with her mother at age eight to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California. After graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, she graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress.[1] Ramírez speaks both Spanish and English fluently.


  Career  
She debuted on Broadway playing Wahzinak in Paul Simon's The Capeman (1998). In 1999, she appeared in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (1999) and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her role. She has also appeared in A Class Act (2001) andDreamgirls (2001), and she performed in The Vagina Monologues with Tovah Feldshuh and Suzanne Bertish.

  In 1998, she played the voice of Lammy in the video game UmJammer Lammy, a spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper, both on Sony's PlayStationconsole. She later reprised her role as Lammy in the PlayStation 2 video game sequel PaRappa the Rapper 2, and has a smaller role, unlike the game that preceded it.
  
In 2004, Ramírez was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the Eric Idle/John Du Prez musical Spamalot, based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 to widespread acclaim, and Ramírez in particular was singled out for her performance, winning several awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.


Following her success on Broadway, Ramírez joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Calliope 'Callie' Torres in the show's second season. For the third season she became a series regular. On a special Grey's Anatomy-themed episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she revealed that top executives from ABC loved her performance in Spamalot so much that they offered her a role in any ABC show she wanted. She picked Grey's, of which she was a fan.[2] While Ramírez has never performed a musical number on the show, she did provide a cappella vocals in the song "Silent Night" for the soundtrack of the show's sixth season episode "Holidaze," airing November 19, 2009. On December 21, 2009, this version of the song was released as a single on iTunes. Her first solo release is an extended playscheduled for a March 27, 2011 release through the iTunes Store. It will reportedly include three original songs, as well as a recording of a song scheduled to be performed on Grey's Anatomy.[3]


  Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998You've Got MailRose
1999UmJammer LammyLammyvoice
2000Spin CityCarol1 episode
Third WatchGwen Girard1 episode
Welcome to New YorkLinda1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMrs. Barrera1 episode
2001PaRappa the Rapper 2Lammyvoice
2002Spider-ManPolice officer at carjacking
Washington HeightsBelkis
Baseball WivesGabriella Martinez
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLisa Perez1 episode
ChicagoFemale ensemble
2003As the World TurnsHannah1 episode
When Ocean Meets SkyPeggy Fearsvoice
2004NYPD BlueIrma Pacheco1 episode
2006–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. Callie Torres88 episodes

Stage productions

YearTitleRoleTheatre
1998The CapemanWahzinakMarquis Theatre
1999The Gershwins' Fascinating RhythmLongacre Theatre
The Vagina MonologuesWestside Theatre
2001A Class ActFeliciaAmbassador Theatre
DreamgirlsFord Center for the Performing Arts
2005SpamalotThe Lady of the LakeShubert Theatre

Discography

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilm or seriesResult
2005Tony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalMonty Python's SpamalotWon
2005Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding featured Actress in a MusicalMonty Python's SpamalotWon
2007Imagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress - TelevisionGrey's AnatomyNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyWon
2007ALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Television SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2008ALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Television SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2011Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated







 

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