Alexandra Estella DeAnna “Alex” Meneses (born February 12, 1965) is an American television and film actress and model.

She was born in Chicago of Mexican-American descent on her father’s side and Ukrainian-American descent on her mother’s. Meneses studied acting at Chicago’s The Second City Improvisational Theater during summer vacations. Immediately upon graduation from high school, she got a modeling contract in Milan, Italy. Originally she was to stay there for only 3 months, but fell in love with the country, and stayed for 2 years, becoming a successful model. When Alex came back to the USA, she headed to Los Angeles, where she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Meneses portrayed Teresa Morales in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and has had significant recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert’s Italian girlfriend, Stefania; Friends (1997, Third season) as Cookie (Joey Tribiani’s sister); and The Hughleys. She has also appeared in Martial Law as Alex Delgado in the episode Lock Up and the films Amanda and the AlienSelenaLiving in PerilThe Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasAuto FocusNCIS, and Funny Money. Alex has also appeared in numerous Los Angeles stage productions. Reference

Alex sits on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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