Ali Landry - Biography
Ali Germaine Landry (born July 21,
1973) is a former Miss USA (1996), model and actress. She is recognized as
the Doritos Girl from her popular 1998 Super Bowl commercial. In 1998, she
was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the
Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. This southern region of
Louisiana is referred to as "Acadiana", or Cajun country. Landry is of
(Cajun) French and Spanish descent. She attended Cecilia High School,
graduating in 1991. In high school, she was captain of the cheerleaders.
She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was majoring in
mass communications. She is an alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss
Louisiana Teen USA. She represented Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA 1990
pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed first
in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions, but was ranked
seventh during the final competition and couldn't reach the final 6.
In 1995, Landry won the Miss Louisiana USA 1996 title, becoming the first
former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss title. She went on to
compete in the 1996 Miss USA pageant, which was broadcast live from South
Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 — she placed third highest after the
preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final Top
10 competition. She was the highest placed of the Top 6 finalists and
eventually went on to win the 1996 title.
She is the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to actually win the Miss
USA crown (her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island
Teen USA, Miss New York USA and first runner-up to Miss USA Chelsi Smith,
only inherited the title after Smith became Miss Universe).
Landry competed in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May
that year. She placed first in the preliminary competition and was ranked
second in the evening gown and interview events during the final
competition. She was second going in to the next round of six delegates,
but she was eliminated after the judges' questions.
Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete
at Miss Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until
2000 when Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three
Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a
spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV
commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football
games. She was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people
in the world in 1998. Her house was featured on E!'s celebrity homes and
on MTV's Cribs. She has been listed as one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest
Women in the World numerous times. She was twice named on Stuff Magazine's
100 Sexiest Women list. Askmen.com has named her one of the 50 Most
Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.
In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV.
From 2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.
Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor and was runner-up. She is
an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.
Currently, she hosts the English and Spanish-language versions of
Spotlight to Nightlight, an interview show on Yahoo where she talks with
celebrity mothers about parenting issues. She also launched a lifestyle
line, Belle Parish in 2009. Belle Parish launched with a children's
clothing line in September 2009 and will be in stores Spring 2010. The
line is inspired by her Southern upbringing and the keepsake items her
mother saved from her childhood.
Landry later met actor and TV personality Mario Lopez when he emceed the
1998 Miss Teen USA pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged
during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, but two weeks
later she had the marriage annulled over alleged infidelities committed by
Lopez during the relationship.
She married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on April 8, 2006 in
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Their daughter Estela Ines Monteverde was
born on July 11, 2007.
Landry is noted to be a devout Roman Catholic.
Landry and her husband Alejandro Monteverde made the film Bella together.
Bella was directed by Monteverde and was produced by their business
partners Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, and Denise
Pinckley. Monteverde and the filmmakers received honors for Bella from the
Toronto Film Festival, the Smithsonian and the White House. The
Smithsonian Latino Center honored Monteverde with their "Legacy Award."
The director of the Department of Citizenship also gave Monteverde the
"American by Choice" award for Bella's positive contribution to Latino art
and culture in the U.S.
US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush saw the film and
invited Bella's director to sit with Laura Bush in her private box during
the annual State of the Union speech in 2007.
Ali Landry - Filmography
"Criminal Minds" .... Kaylee
Robinson (1 episode, 2008)
- Masterpiece (2008) TV episode .... Kaylee Robinson
Bella (2006) .... Celia
... aka Beauty (International: English title: informal literal
"Eve" .... Rita Lefleur (66 episodes, 2003-2006)
- Daddy's Home (2006) TV episode .... Rita Lefleur
- Donovan on the Brink (2006) TV episode .... Rita Lefleur
- Girlfriends (2006) TV episode .... Rita Lefleur
- Separate, But Unequal (2006) TV episode .... Rita Lefleur
- To Sir, with Mom (2006) TV episode .... Rita Lefleur
"Fastlane" .... Hillary (2 episodes, 2003)
- Iced (2003) TV episode .... Hillary
- Dosed (2003) TV episode .... Hillary
Who's Your Daddy? (2003/I) (V) .... Elissa
"Spy TV" .... Host (8 episodes, 2002)
- Episode #2.15 (2002) TV episode .... Host
- Episode #2.10 (2002) TV episode .... Host
- Episode #2.13 (2002) TV episode .... Host
- Episode #2.11 (2002) TV episode .... Host
- Episode #2.9 (2002) TV episode .... Host
Outta Time (2002) .... Bella
... aka Out of Time (Europe: English title)
... aka The Courier
Repli-Kate (2002) .... Kate/Repli-Kate
... aka National Lampoon's Repli-Kate (USA: complete title)
"Inside Schwartz" .... Anne (1 episode, 2001)
- Event Night (2001) TV episode .... Anne
Soulkeeper (2001) .... Red Headed Woman
"Farmclub.com" (2001) TV series .... Host
"Felicity" .... Natalie (4 episodes, 2000)
- Hello, I Must Be Going (2000) TV episode .... Natalie
- The Anti-Natalie Intervention (2000) TV episode .... Natalie
- The Christening (2000) TV episode .... Natalie
- The Biggest Deal There Is (2000) TV episode .... Natalie
Beautiful (2000) .... Belindy Lindbrook
"Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" .... Girl at Laundromat (1
... aka Two Guys and a Girl (USA: fourth season title) (USA: third
- Bridesmaid Revisited (2000) TV episode .... Girl at Laundromat
"Malcolm & Eddie" .... Kellie Bradford (1 episode, 1999)
- Won't Power (1999) TV episode .... Kellie Bradford
"Pensacola: Wings of Gold" .... Teri (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
- Burke's Breach (1999) TV episode .... Teri
- Tattoo (1999) TV episode .... Teri
- Touch and Go (1999) TV episode .... Teri
- Blue on Blue (1999) TV episode .... Teri
- S.O.D. (1998) TV episode .... Teri
"Popular" .... Heather (1 episode, 1999)
- Mo' Menace, Mo' Problems (1999) TV episode .... Heather
"Significant Others" .... Gorgeous Woman (1 episode, 1998)
- Pilot (1998) TV episode .... Gorgeous Woman
"The Bold and the Beautiful" .... Amur (1 episode, 1998)
... aka Belleza y poder (USA: Spanish title)
- Episode #1.2730 (1998) TV episode .... Amur
Prime Time Comedy (1998) (TV) .... Host
"America's Greatest Pets" (1998) TV series .... Host (unknown
"Conan" .... Raina (1 episode, 1997)
... aka Conan the Adventurer (USA: DVD box title)
... aka Conan, der Abenteurer (Germany)
- The Ruby Fruit Forest (1997) TV episode .... Raina
"Sunset Beach" .... Kenzie (3 episodes, 1997)
- Episode #1.191 (1997) TV episode (uncredited) .... Kenzie
- Episode #1.167 (1997) TV episode (uncredited) .... Kenzie
- Episode #1.158 (1997) TV episode (uncredited) .... Kenzie
"Clueless" .... Masseur #1 - Tiffany (1 episode, 1997)
- Sharing Cher (1997) TV episode .... Masseur #1 - Tiffany
Ali Landry - Related Links
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