Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Constantinides (born April 23, 1967) is an American actress. She is widely known for two starring roles on U.S. prime-time television drama series; playing Detective Stella Bonasera in CSI: NY and portraying Dr. Sydney Hansen in Providence. CBS confirmed in July 2010 that Kanakaredes would not be returning for the seventh season of CSI: NY. Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Connie (nee Temo; b. 1936), a candy company owner, and Harry Kanakaredes (b. 1928), an insurance salesman. She is a second-generation Greek-American and speaks Greek.
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