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Talisa Soto

Talisa Soto: American Former Actress and Model

Talisa Soto is an accomplished model-turned-actress. After signing with Click Model Management at age 15, she started modeling professionally. Since then she has graced many top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Mademoiselle – being featured on their covers!

She made her acting debut in 1988’s film Spike of Bensonhurst and later made headlines as Bond Girl Lupe Lamora in Licence to Kill. Ultimately she chose to retire from acting and focus on family and marriage before returning to acting in 2002.

Talisa Soto’s Biography

Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York to Hector and Clari Soto – immigrants from Puerto Rico – as their daughter Talisa began modeling at 15 for some of the most prominent magazines like American and British Vogue, French Elle Mademoiselle Glamour Town & Country among many others.

Talisa Soto found success in fashion but yearned for something more fulfilling – that’s when she decided to give acting a try. Soon enough, her talent saw her land her first film role in 1988’s Spike of Bensonhurst; from there on out she would appear in many more feature films such as James Bond: Licence to Kill and Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.

Talisa Soto made her mark both as an actor and television show performer, appearing in numerous television movies and shows including Silhouette and Prison Stories: Women Behind Bars on television. Additionally, Soto made appearances on Broadway shows such as The Color Purple and A Chorus Line which remain notable today.

Talisa Soto and Benjamin Bratt are married and share two children. Talisa Soto has also been an active supporter of institutions like St Jude Children’s Research Hospital through philanthropy efforts.

Talisa Soto has built her career in entertainment on her refusal to settle for less. A dedicated mother who prioritizes her family first.

Personality typing may not be an exact science, but Talisa Soto fits well into the Enneagram Type 8 personality profile. This persona is marked by strong intuition as well as independence; these two characteristics allow her to achieve success both professionally and personally – her commitment to her family helps keep a positive outlook.

Married to Benjamin Bratt

Talisa Soto is a model married to actor Benjamin Bratt and mother to their two children: Sophia Rosalinda Bratt and Mateo Bravery Bratt. Since she first entered modeling as a 15-year-old she has appeared in commercial campaigns such as Calvin Klein, Revlon, Saks Fifth Avenue and Salvatore Ferragamo, and Madonna’s Every Time You Break My Heart video, becoming an industry veteran with multi-millionaire earnings status over her long career spanning over two decades!

In 1988, she was discovered by talent scouts while shopping at a mall and eventually signed with Click Model Management. Since then, her career took off and she appeared in several films such as Harts of the West, Spy Hard, Island of the Dead, and Pinero; additionally, she became the first woman ever cast as Princess Kitana in Mortal Kombat movies.

After her debut film, she quickly established herself in both cop shows and romantic comedies. In 2001, she met actor Benjamin Bratt while filming the biopic film Pinero; the pair began dating. Soon thereafter they were engaged, eventually marrying on April 13, 2002, and remain deeply in love today.

Benjamin Bratt is an award-winning American actor, best known for playing NYPD Detective Rey Curtis on Law and Order, Dr. Jake Reilly on Private Practice, Steve Navarro in 24: Live Another Day, and Jahil Rivera on Star. In addition, he has appeared in other popular films and television shows and received numerous accolades for his performances – most notably Julia Roberts during their three-year relationship which ended in 2000.

Bratt, who is now 59, has been married to Talisa Soto for more than 20 years and remains completely smitten with her. On an appearance on Today with Hoda and Jenna he revealed the secret behind their long marriage: “The secret is just digging each other!” Additionally, he discussed Talisa Soto’s breast cancer battle as well as encouraged women to get regular screenings.

Talisa Soto’s Health

Cancer can be one of the most frightening diseases to face. While cancer affects both men and women equally, breast cancer is the second-most prevalent cancer diagnosis among female patients after skin cancer. Breast cancer develops in breast tissue but can spread throughout other parts of the body as well.

Breast cancer occurs when healthy breast cells start mutating and multiplying uncontrollably, creating a mass of tissue known as a tumor. A tumor can either be malignant, spreading to other parts of the body quickly, or benign, meaning that it remains in one spot without spreading further.

Breast cancer begins in milk-producing ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma) or glandular tissues known as lobules, though other tissues or cells in the breast or nipple area, such as sarcomas or lymphomas can also form and lead to this form of disease. Over time it may spread throughout your blood and lymph systems before eventually spreading further to bones or other organs in your body.

Benjamin Bratt, known for keeping his personal life private, recently made public knowledge that his wife Talisa Soto has been diagnosed with breast cancer during an interview on NBC show Today. Bratt shared this news to encourage other women to undergo screening tests and self-exams at regular intervals.

Soto has had an active career as both model and actress, appearing in films such as Mortal Kombat: Princess Kitana (1998) and Licence to Kill (1991). She also had roles on C-16: FBI and The Mambo Kings television shows.

According to her Instagram account, Soto is currently prioritizing her health and well-being. In September 2021, she posted an Instagram message telling fans that she was doing great and cancer-free; thanking family and friends for all their love and support while also wishing everyone a joyful holiday season.

Talisa Soto‘s Family

Talisa Soto was born in Brooklyn, New York City on 27 March 1967 to Clari Soto and Hector Sato of Puerto Rican descent; she was one of three siblings. As a child, her family relocated to Northampton Massachusetts.

Talisa started modeling at 15 and soon traveled around the globe for shoots with top fashion photographers. Her images quickly gained worldwide recognition; soon she was featured on covers of American and British Vogue as well as Mademoiselle, Glamour, and Self magazines; additionally, she made appearances in commercials for Versace, Saks Fifth Avenue, Calvin Klein, and Cartier brands such as Versace.

Soto has had an extensive acting career, featuring in numerous acclaimed films and TV shows. She made headlines as Bond girl Lupe Lamora in 1989’s Licence to Kill film as well as Maria Rivera in 1992’s Mambo Kings. These roles stand out amongst others in her filmography.

Her iconic role of Princess Kitana from Mortal Kombat (1995) and its 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is among her most renowned roles and earned her many fans across the world.

Soto is married to actor Benjamin Bratt and together they share two children – Mateo (son) and Sophia (daughter).

Soto is an advocate against bullying and has promoted breast cancer screenings among women, making numerous public appearances to raise funds for various charitable causes.

Soto has spent more time than ever prioritizing family over acting, recently sharing an Instagram video message to congratulate her sister-in-law and husband for their recent accomplishments directing and hosting “Corazon de America”, respectively. Additionally, these two are working on documentaries about Puerto Rican communities within New York City.


Following the fashion trends and celebrities across the globe. I love writing about inspirational figures in entertainment industry. Apart from blogging over 10 years, I work as an event host in California. Feel free to reach out for any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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