Marisa Ramirez is an American actor who plays ‘Detective Maria Baez’ in the top-rated ‘CBS’ police drama series ‘Blue Bloods.’ This popular TV actor has also starred in feature films, TV films, video shorts, music videos, ad clips, and short films. In a career spanning more than 2 decades, Marisa has appeared in recurring roles in long-running series such as ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Young and the Restless.’ Her distinctive looks and unique personality can be attributed to her intriguing mix of Irish, Mexican, Scottish, French, German, English, and American Indian ancestry. Growing up in Los Angeles, the culturally creative capital of the world, she began her career at the age of 13, as a model. She soon achieved international fame in the fashion industries of Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and Australia. Initially a print and commercial model, she had to overcome huge personal obstacles, such as acute shyness, to achieve success in the entertainment industry.
Childhood & Early Life
She was born on September 15, 1977, in Los Angeles. Her mother, Francine Elaine Maguire, and her father, Raymond Trinidad Ramirez, divorced when Marisa was 4 years old. She has a brother named Marcel.
She initially attended the ‘All Saints Catholic School’ in Rossford, Ohio, and later joined the ‘Ramona Convent Secondary School,’ an all-girls school in Alhambra, California. She graduated school in 1995.
Not much is known about her family or her siblings.
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When she was 13, she was spotted by a talent hunter from one of California’s best modeling agencies and thus embarked on a successful modeling stint in both print and commercial media.
By 15, she was already a famous face and had traveled to the major fashion capitals of the world.
However, she wished to achieve bigger things. On returning to the US, she was determined to break into the entertainment industry. She tried her hand at hosting a few TV shows on ‘MTV’ and starred in a TV film titled ‘Hitched.’
In 1998, she starred in the American teenage sitcom ‘USA High.’ In 2000, she appeared in the soap opera ‘Port Charles,’ a spin-off of the popular series ‘General Hospital.’
In 1999, she starred in a music video for Will Smith’s film ‘Wild Wild West’ and in a television commercial for ‘Nintendo.’
In 2000, she bagged the role of ‘Gia Campbell’ in ‘General Hospital.’ She continued with the series for over 2 years, winning several prestigious awards and accolades.
2003 saw her performing demanding roles in ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘Miracles.’
She starred in her first movie role in 2005, in the horror film ‘All Souls’ Day.’
In 2006, she bagged two long, recurrent roles, ‘Carmen Mesta’ and ‘Ines Vargas,’ in the prominent drama series ‘The Young and the Restless.’
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Over the next few years, she bagged important roles in popular series such as ‘Shark,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘CSI: NY,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘Spartacus: Gods of The Arena’ (filmed in New Zealand), and ‘The Mentalist.’
She was a regular member of the cast in the highly acclaimed series ‘Against the Wall’ (2011), in which she played ‘Detective Lina Flores.’ Though she was appreciated for her work in this series, the show ended after one season. She also starred in the popular drama series ‘Bones.’
In 2013, she starred in a TV film named ‘Prosecuting Casey Anthony,’ opposite Rob Lowe.
She has been part of ‘Blue Bloods’ since 2013.
She has appeared in music videos for ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by the ‘Backstreet Boys’ and ‘Give It To You’ by Jordan Knight.
She has also appeared in commercials for ‘Coca-Cola’ and ‘Special K’ vitamin water.
Family & Personal Life
In the initial years, her constant battle with extreme shyness and self-consciousness affected her ambitions. Modeling had not freed her from social anxiety. To overcome this, she joined acting classes. This helped her gain self-confidence. Armed with her new-found feeling of self-worth, Marisa was able to face the fiercely competitive entertainment industry.
Apart from being an actor, she is an avid sports enthusiast. She is a trained kick-boxer and a certified teacher in this sport.
With over 29.7 thousand followers on ‘Twitter,’ she is quite popular on social media.
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She is currently reported to be single and lives in New York.
Controversies & Scandals
In 2002, she married her childhood sweetheart, Nathan Lavezoli. However, in 2011, the couple divorced for reasons that are still unknown. Rumors claimed it was due to a work–life conflict.
She is an extremely private person and does not usually reveal details of her personal life. She has a daughter named Violet Rae, born on May 29, 2016, whose father’s details she has chosen not to share with the public.
There were rumors in the media that she had reconnected with her ex-husband and that the father of her baby could possibly be Nathan Lavezoli. However, she has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.
She claimed that the pregnancy had been unplanned and that it was her ‘Blue Bloods’ family that had helped her transition through her pregnancy, the most challenging period in her life.
Awards & Achievements
Marisa was nominated for the prestigious ‘NAACP Image, Soap Opera Digest’ and ‘ALMA’ awards for her work in ‘General Hospital.’
A socially committed person, she gives her time and effort to causes that matter to her. She works for causes such as HIV/AIDS support, care for homeless people, and animal rescue.
Her net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.
She claimed to have been haunted by a ghost when she was a child.
She loves ‘Hello Kitty’ merchandise.