Nov. 2nd, 1973
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Marisol Nichols' Main TV Roles
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Marisol Nichols' distinguished credits demonstrate her versatility both in film and television. She has quickly become one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, working with some of the most prominent actors and directors in the business. The recipient of a Golden Eagle Award for Most promising Actor or Actress, Nichols also earned an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress for her starring role in The Princess & the Marine (2001).
On the small screen, Nichols can be seen starring in ABC's innovative new legal drama In Justice (2006). Nichols has been receiving critical acclaim for her role as a passionate lawyer, Sonya Quintano, who is fighting for the wrongly accused. "Nichols brings spirit and even a of sizzle to the proceedings, and easily manages to be the most magnetic presence around". ~ The Washington Post. The show also stars 'Kyle MacLachlan'.
Nichols other television credits include her role as the female lead in Stephen Bochco's cop drama, Blind Justice (2005), for ABC. Nichols received critical acclaim for her role as Ron Eldard's hardened partner, Karen Bettancourt. She also played Victoria Santiago on Showtime's critically acclaimed series Resurrection Blvd. (2000) as well as numerous guest appearance on hit series including Friends (1994), Alias (2001), Nip/Tuck (2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), ER (1994) and Cold Case (2003). She has appeared in three television movies including NBC's Homeland Security (2004), The Princess & the Barrio Boy (2000) for Showtime and The Princess & the Marine (2001) in which Nichols portrayed Princess Meriam Al-Kalifa, who fled her own country for love.
Her film credits include portraying Audrey Griswold opposite 'Chevy Chase' in Vegas Vacation (1997), Bowfinger (1999), Disney's Mafia, Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Scream 2 (1997).
The career of this Chicago-born beauty, like her Mexican-Hungarian-Romanian roots, can only be described as powerfully diverse. From Vegas Vacation (1997) to In Justice (2006), her ability to switch effortlessly between comedy and drama has continually made her a go-to girl for some of the biggest directors and producers in the business. Whether she's playing the love interest of 'Larry the Cable Guy' in Delta Farce (2007) or starring in three seasons of the groundbreaking drama Resurrection Blvd. (2000), Nichols continues to surprise audiences with her artistic range and flexibility. Marisol's big screen roles have taken her everywhere from Scream 2 (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and "Mafia!" (2000) to playing opposite Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House 2 (2006).
Marisol's evocative performances have won her two ALMA Award nominations and the distinguished Golden Eagle Award for Most Promising Actor or Actress. And co-starring with Ewan McGregor on ER (1994) earned the episode an Emmy nomination. But it was playing the beautiful yet ballsy "Nadia" on season six of 24 (2001) that truly cemented her place as one of television's most in-demand new talents.
Marisol's passion extends beyond the big screen. In addition to promoting health and fitness as the national spokesperson for Bally Total Fitness, Nichols has been fighting for the rights of kids for over a decade as commissioner and spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and their innovative "Fight for Kids" campaign. CCHR is a non-profit, public benefit organization that works specifically on the issue of abusive psychiatric drugging of children, an issue Nichols cares deeply about. Speaking at fundraising events, traveling to Washington, D.C., and meeting with members of Congress, Nichols helps educate parents so that they can make informed decisions before placing their child on mind-altering drugs. Additionally, Marisol's been working for years to rehabilitate juvenile offenders with Criminon, a world-renowned non-profit organization that addresses the cause of criminality with unparalleled success rates. Her contributions include establishing a Criminon program for juveniles in her hometown of Chicago.
Nichols has received numerous awards, acknowledgements and resolutions for her humanitarian work across both these vital fields, proving she's a force to be reckoned with both on and off the screen. And with her startling beauty, diverse appeal, and impressive cinematic and television experience, there's a reason Marisol Nichols has been called one of Hollywood's hottest and most exciting new stars. Marisol resides in Los Angeles with her husband, director Taron Lexton, and their daughter, Rain.
- Attended College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn in early 1990s. Went to Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois.
- Named "The Bombshell" of 2007 by Vibe Magazine, as part of their Hot 100.
- Won the prestigious National Speech and Theater Championship Award for 2 years while at College of DuPage.
- Daughter Rain India Lexton was born 30 September 2008.
- Is a volunteer supervisor and spokesperson for Criminon, an international, non-profit organization which addresses the cause of criminality and seeks to rehabilitate inmates.
- Expecting her first child with husband Taron Lexton, a baby girl in October. Says she and Taron have five names picked out for their daughter but will wait until she arrives to make the final decision.
- She became a member of Church of Scientology when she was introduced to it by her chiropractor.
- Speaks conversational Italian.