Birth Date: 1956
Birth Place: Mexico City
Biography: Ana Alicia Ortiz, more commonly known sans her surname (born December 12, 1956 in Mexico City) is a Mexican-born actress, having moved to El Paso, Texas when she was a child. She is most known for her role as schemer Melissa Agretti on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.
Upon graduating high school in 1973, she earned a scholarship to Wellesley College, but eventually left, instead pursuing her bachelor's degree in drama at the University of Texas at El Paso to be closer to her mother and siblings. After she earned her degree, she moved to Los Angeles and started auditioning for roles in various productions. Eventually, she won the part of Alicia Nieves on Ryan's Hope, and moved to New York City temporarily for taping. After fifteen months on the serial, she moved back to Los Angeles part-time and kept auditioning while attending law school at Southwestern University at night back in Texas. Eventually, her acting opportunities suffered and she decided to pursue acting full-time.
This decision led to a successful audition for Falcon Crest. Ortiz helped Melissa become the serial's "love to hate" character; she did what she wanted with little regard for others. A very lucrative role for the actress, Ortiz played Melissa for seven years (1981 to 1988).
In 1989, she appeared in the movie Romero with Raúl Juliá, and is her most successful film role to date. By and large, since then, Ortiz has decided to take a sabbatical from acting.