Elizabeth Pena (born September 23, 1961) is an American actress and the daughter of a theater-company co-founder, who has also compiled experience as a television director in her own right. Pena was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, daughter of Estella Margarita (nee Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Pena, the Cuban-born actor, writer, and director who jointly founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble. It is unknown whether Pena was named after the town of her birth. Pena graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1977. Her classmates included Ving Rhames, alongside whom she would later co-star in Jacob's Ladder, and Esai Morales, alongside whom she would later co-star in La Bamba.
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