Melina Kanakaredes is an American actress, best known for the role ‘Stella Bonasera’ for the police procedural series ‘CSI: NY’. Also, she has acted in the American medical drama ‘Providence’ and long-run series ‘Guiding Light’.
Moreover, according to reports of Deadline on 21 March 2018, Kanakaredes to co-write and produce film inspired by the book of Kübler-Ross ‘The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying’. It has also further stated that she will co-write the project with ‘The Immortals’ Vlas and Charley Parlapanides and produce through Melpa Productions Shingle.
Caption: The Resident famed actress, Melina Kanakaredes.
Melina Kanakaredes: Bio, Family, Education
Kanakaredes was born on 23 April 1967, in Akron, Ohio, the USA. She was born as the daughter of Connie, a candy company owner, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. In addition, she is a second-generation Greek-American and speaks Greek fluently. Her grandfather, Christ Temo had established a chocolate store ‘Temo’s Candy Company’ in Akron. But now it is run and owned by two maternal uncles.
From a very young age, Kanakaredes was interested in making her career in acting. At the age of 8, she made her stage debut in a production of ‘Tom Sawyer’ at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. Regarding her education, she completed her basic education from the Firestone High School in Akron. Then, she attended Ohio State University briefly, then transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts from Point Park in 1989. During her time in Point Park, she performed roles in the professional theatre including the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
Melina Kanakaredes: Career & Life Achievements
She had started her acting career from a young age, performing in theatres. She first landed her television role as the main cast of Eleni Andros Cooper in CBS ‘Guiding Light’. For her role in the series, she got a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award twice. In the series, she has shared the screen with the actors like Tom Pelphrey and Rachel De Barros. But before she debuted with the film ‘Bleeding Hearts’, she has worked in the short film ‘Carts’ in 1987.
For the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, she was considered to get a lead role but due to her pregnancy, she had to step down. However, her other film credit includes 1996 ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’, 1998 ‘Rounders’, 2001 ’15 Minutes’, and as Athens in 2010 ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’.
She has also appeared as the guest role in the series and dramas like ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘Oz’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘CSI: NY’, ‘Extant’, and ‘Notorious’, among others. In 1999, she got the lead role ‘Dr. Sydney Hansen’ in the series ‘Providence’. For the series, she has won the Favorite Actress in a Drama by 2000 TV Guide Awards. After that, she worked as a regular in 140 episodes of ‘CSI: NY’ from 2004-2010. In 2018, she again worked as the main cast of ‘Dr. Lane Hunter’ in the series ‘The Resident’.
Melina Kanakaredes: Personal Life & Boyfriend
You must be wondering whether she has married or not? Then the answer will be yes. She has married chef Peter Constantinides in 1992. The couple together has welcomed two daughters: Zoe and Karina Eleni. According to sources, the duo met while they were still the students of Ohio State University. Her husband is a former restaurant consultant and previously the couple owned Ohio based restaurant ‘Tria Greek Kuzina’. However, the restaurant closed down after some time.
Kanakaredes was a former synchronized swimmer. Also, she was a member of the Ohio State Synchronized Swimming program. Additionally, she has not been involved in rumors and controversies which may affect her image in the media.
Melina Kanakaredes: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Talking about her earning, she has made a significant amount from her career. However, she has not revealed information on her salary or income. According to the sources, her net worth has an estimation of around $10 million from her successful career.
She also has a personal and verified account over different social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, she has an account @therealmelinak with 38.9k followers. She has a Twitter account @TherealMelinak with 27.9k followers. Also, a Facebook account, she has the handle @therealmelinak with over 9.9k followers.
Melina Kanakaredes: Body Measurements
The beautiful actress has a good height of 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70 meters and weighs around 54kg. Her hourglass body has measurements of 36-26-37 inches. She has natural short curly hair and green eyes.
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