Wendy Moniz Grillo
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Who Is Wendy Moniz Grillo?

Wendy Moniz was born on January 19, 1969, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA; her zodiac sign is Capricorn, and she is of American nationality. She is an actress best remembered for her role as Dinah Marler in the radio and television soap opera “Guiding Light,” which also starred Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, and Maureen Garrett and is about the middle-class Bauer family living in Springfield. The show ran from 1952 through 2009 and was a major success, winning 106 awards and being nominated for 450 more. Wendy was nominated for her performance for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer in 1996 and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress in 1997.

Education And Childhood

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Wendy Moniz Grillo was raised in Kansas City as an only child by her Irish father, a truck driver, and her Portuguese mother, a cleaning lady.

While attending BMC Durfee High School, she became interested in acting and began starring in school plays; she was also physically active, as she played soccer and badminton. She matriculated at Siena College in New York in 1987 and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and drama.

Actress Career

Wendy has appeared in 17 TV shows and three movies; her first film appearance was in 1999 when she portrayed one of the lead characters Janine in the biographical drama “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which also starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria and is about a journalist who is being advised on love and career by his dying friend.

The film was successful, winning 12 awards and being nominated for 11 more. Wendy made her second film debut in the drama “The Grief of Others,” appearing as Ricky Ryrie and based on Leah Hager Cohen’s eponymous novel. Her most recent film performance was in the 2017 action crime thriller “Wheelman,” written and directed by Jeremy Rush and starring her husband Frank Grillo and Caitlin Carmichael.

Wendy was cast in the drama series “Partners” in 1999 after becoming well-known for her part in “Guiding Light,” however the show was canceled after only five episodes. The following year, she appeared as a guest star in the comic crime series “Battery Park” in the episodes “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” and “Pilot.”

Wendy was cast as Inspector Rachel McCabe in 22 episodes of the action crime series “Nash Bridges,” which also starred Don Johnson, after appearing in a single episode of the drama horror mystery “The Others.” In 2001, she started playing the lead character Louisa ‘Lulu’ Archer in the critically acclaimed crime series “The Guardian,” which also starred Simon Baker and Alan Rosenberg and is about a lawyer working for his father’s successful law firm in Pittsburgh – the series won six awards and was nominated for ten more, including one Golden Globe.

Wendy appeared in a single episode of the criminal drama mystery “Law & Order” in 2005, four episodes of the comedy-drama “Big Shots” in 2007, and seven episodes of the crime drama mystery “Damages” in 2009.

She was invited to guest star as Mayor Kathleen Finn in four episodes of the award-winning romance drama “One Life To Live,” which was broadcast from 1968 to 2013. Wendy appeared in the fantasy mystery series “666 Park Avenue” episode “Hero Complex” in 2012, and in 2013 she appeared in all 13 episodes of the drama series “Betrayal,” which also starred Hannah Ware and Henry Thomas, and is about Sara, a married photographer who begins an affair with the lawyer Jack.

Wendy’s most recent TV series roles include Julianna Wallace in four episodes of the drama “Pure Genius” in 2016, Laura Moretti in seven episodes of the award-winning drama “House of Cards” in 2017, and Governor Perry in the drama western “Yellowstone” between 2018 and 2020, which also starred Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly.

Relationship Status

Wendy met her first husband, David Birsner, while still in college, and they agreed to marry as soon as they finished their degrees – the ceremony was private, with only a few of their closest friends and family present. Wendy and David quietly split after five years of marriage, and she subsequently began seeing Frank Grillo, who co-starred with her in “Guiding Light” – it is claimed that Wendy divorced David because she fell in love with Frank.

Wendy and Frank married in a lavish ceremony in October 2000, and on June 13, 2004, Wendy gave birth to their son Liam Kiki; on January 25, 2008, their second son Rio Joseph was born. Wendy and Frank split in February 2020, and she filed for divorce in Los Angeles.

Wendy is married but going through a divorce as of September 2020, and she has two sons.

Other Interests And Hobbies

Wendy is physically highly active to stay in shape and fit for her roles – she goes to the gym two to three times each week and follows a rigorous diet. She does not consume meat and is a member of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group, which raises awareness and funds to help save endangered animals from extinction.

Wendy Moniz Grillo enjoys traveling, and her acting profession has taken her all around the United States, as well as to various European nations such as Switzerland, England, and Italy.

Her favorite actors and actresses include Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Julia Roberts, while her favorite films include “Catch Me If You Can,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Good Will Hunting.” Wendy enjoys sitcoms, and her favorite is “The 3rd Rock from the Sun.”

Body Structure And Net Worth

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Wendy’s age is 51. She has long black hair and brown eyes are 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weigh about 120lbs (55kgs). Her net worth is predicted to be more than $3 million as of September 2020, while Frank’s net worth is also rumored to be more than $3 million.

Who Is Frank Grillo?

Frank Anthony Grillo was born on June 8, 1965, in New York City, New York, USA; his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he is of American nationality.

He is an actor best recognized for his depiction of Sergeant Leo Barnes in the dystopian action horror film “The Purge: Anarchy,” written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Carmen Ejogo and Zach Gilford. The plot revolves around three sets of friends left alone on a horrible night.

Frank was raised with his two brothers by his Italian parents, who immigrated to the United States not long before he was born. He grew up focusing on his education and graduated from New York University with a Business degree in 1987. He went on to work on Wall Street before getting recognized by a scout who asked him if he wanted to feature in a commercial for Miller Genuine Draft Beer.

Before being cast in his first film, “The Mambo Kings,” Frenk appeared in countless advertisements for brands like Sure and American Express. He only acted in two more films in the 1990s until receiving critical acclaim for his role in the science fiction action film “Minority Report” in 2002. In 2010, he played Daniel Sohapi in “Mother’s Day,” his first part in a horror film. Frank first met Liam Neeson in the survival drama “The Grey” in 2012; the following year, he co-starred in the action thriller film “End of Watch” with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Frank rose to prominence in the United States after portraying Brock Rumlow, a HYDRA agent, in the superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which starred Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson and is about Captain America and Black Widow fighting the Winter Soldier – the film was a success, winning five awards and being nominated for 51 others, including an Academy Award.

Frank was recently cast in five future films, including the drama “This Is the Night,” the criminal drama “Body Brokers,” and the western “No Man’s Land.”

In addition to his role in “Guiding Light,” Frank is recognized for his roles as Nick Savrinn in the award-winning serial drama “Prison Break,” Martin Russo in the criminal drama “Blind Justice,” both in 2005, and Alvey Kulina in the drama “Kingdom” in 2017.