Denise Quiñones

Denise Quiñones
Denise Quiñones
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Denise Marie Quiñones August
September 9, 1980 (1980-09-09) (age 31)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2001
Miss Universe 2001
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2001
Miss Universe 2001
Official website

Denise Marie Quiñones August (born September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico)[1] is a Puerto Rican actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was the fourth woman from her country to win the Miss Universe contest. Prior to winning the Miss Universe pageant, she represented her hometown of Lares in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2001 pageant.


Personal life

Quiñones won the Miss Universe 2001 pageant in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in 2001. Her win, over Greek contestant Evelina Papantoniou, came on the Miss Universe pageant's 50th anniversary. As Miss Universe, Quiñones resided in New York City for a year, enjoying the benefits that all winners of the pageant receive, including complimentary make-up and haircare, a car, complete wardrobe, professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization, a $60,000 scholarship to a New York City film school, and traveling opportunities.[2]

On the night of the Miss Universe 2002 contest, she passed on her crown, once again in Puerto Rico (this time the event was held in the city of San Juan), to Oxana Fedorova of Russia.[3]

Since relinquishing the title, Quiñones attended the School for Film and Television's two-year conservatory acting program. Presently an actress, Quiñones has starred in the Spanish version of Nilo Cruz's play Ana en el trópico (Anna in the Tropics) and continues to hone her talent in the United States. For her role in Anna in the Tropics she was nominated and awarded an HOLA Award (from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and an ACE Award. In October 2005 she was selected for the role of Doña Rosita, in a production of Federico Garcia Lorca's play Doña Rosita la soltera.

Quiñones guest-starred in an episode of the WB Network television series Smallville. She played Andrea, a masked avenger who fought crime in Metropolis and invited Clark Kent (Tom Welling) to join her in her adventures. On the heels of her Smallville role, she was also cast in the role of "Rachel", a young fighter pilot in the pilot for the TV series Aquaman which was in development for the CW Television Network. The pilot did not make the fall 2006 lineup.

Quiñones dated René Pérez, also known as Residente from the Puerto Rican alternative-reggaeton duo Calle 13.[4][4]

In November 2006, Quiñones led the Off-Broadway cast of "Zanahorias" (or "Carrots" in English), a Spanish comedy by Spanish playwright Antonio Zancada. For her role in "Zanahorias" she was nominated and subsequently won an ACE Award in 2007.

In July 2008, it was announced that Quiñones would play the part of Lara in the upcoming film I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, based on the book of the same name. On July 24, 2008, producer Tucker Max announced on the film's official production blog that Quiñones had dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.[5]

In March 2010, Dominican actor Frank Perozo confirmed that he and Quiñones are in a relationship.[6]


  • Elite[7] (2010) movie starring role // Special agent Sandra Torres
  • La Soga[8] AKA The Butcher’s Wife” (2009) Movie// Jenny
  • Party Time[9]
  • Bad Boys II[10] (2003) (uncredited) // Street walker in Cuba

Television series


  • Pantaleón y las visitadoras[21]
  • Ana en el Tropico[22]
  • Doña Rosita la Soltera[23]
  • Doña Flor Y Sus Dos Maridos[24]
  • Zanahorias(Primera edicion)[25]

See also

  • List of famous Puerto Ricans

External links


  1. ^ Denise Quiñones August: 1980—: Miss Universe Biography
  2. ^ Denise Quinones Biography.
  3. ^ Peageant News Bureau. Crowned Amid Controversy. Puerto Rico, May 29, 2002.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ We have a new cast member..., IHTSBIH Official Website.
  6. ^,22490,1975632,00.html
  7. ^ [1] – Elite
  8. ^ [2] – La Soga
  9. ^ [3] – Party Time
  10. ^ [4] – Bad Boys II
  11. ^ [5] – Elena Santos
  12. ^ [6] – Aquaman
  13. ^ [7] – Smallville
  14. ^ [8] – Smallville
  15. ^ [9] – The Bedford Diaries
  16. ^ [10] – Freddie
  17. ^ [11] – Freddie
  18. ^ [12] – Love Monkey
  19. ^ [13] – Miss Universe 2001 al ganar entrega la corona en el 2002
  20. ^ [14] – Miss Universe 2001
  21. ^ [15] – Pantaleón y las visitadoras
  22. ^ [16] – Ana en el Tropico
  23. ^ [17] – Doña Rosita la Soltera
  24. ^ [18] – Doña Flor Y Sus Dos Maridos
  25. ^ [19] – Zanahorias
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zoraida Fonalledas
Miss Puerto Rico Universe
Succeeded by
Isis Casalduc

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