Miriam Colon, who plays Maria Santos, the villainous head of the Santos family, was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Miriam wanted to be an actress since childhood and performed in many school plays and was a member of the drama department of the University of Puerto Rico where she received a scholarship to study at the Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institute in New York.
In addition to an extensive number of film credits, she has over 250 television credits. Miriam has guest starred in a variety of programs from Alfred Hitchock, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Ben Casey, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Sanford & Son, Murder, She Wrote, NYPD Blue, and Third Watch. Miriam is also the artistic director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater that she founded in 1969, which has produced 104 plays. In addition to her work with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, she has also appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Miriam is married to plastic surgeon Dr. Fred Valle, whom she met while she was auditioning for a role in the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater's production of The Oxcart.
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story
Streets of Laredo
Best Kept Secrets
The Hemingway Play
The Call It Murder
The Desperate Mission
The Meanest Men in the West
The Blue Diner
All the Pretty Horses
The House of the Spirits
City of Hope
A Life of Sin
The Confession of Joel Delaney
The Battle at Bloody Beach
The WrongWay Lightbulb
ALMA Awards Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama (2002)
Dramalogue Award Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre (1994)
Obie Winner, Lifetime Achievement (1992)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Ponce, Puerto Rico
HAIR: Reddish brown Miscellaneous
Founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City.