Daphne Zuniga is an iconic American actress, best known for her top-notch acting prowess in movies and TV films. She made her big screen debut in 1982 while appearing in The Dorm That Dripped Blood. Since then, the actress has continued to feature in dozens of movies to date. Some of her most popular movies include The Wrong Baby Sitter, The Initiation, Melrose Place, and One Tree Hill, among others. Learn more about Daphne Zuniga below.
Daphne Zuniga’s Bio
Daphne Eurydice Zuniga was born on the 28th October 1962 in San Francisco, California. She grew up with parents Agnes Zuniga and her husband Joaquin Zuniga. Her father is a Guatemala native and he worked as a professor of philosophy at the California State University situated in East Bay. Daphne’s mother, on the other hand, worked as a Unitarian minister. The actress has a sister named Jennifer with whom she was raised. Just like Daphne, Jennifer is also an established American actress, well-known for her appearance in the movie A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon.
As a child, Daphne Zuniga developed a keen interest in becoming an actress; this led her to enroll at the American Conservatory Theatre where she was lettered in acting. Following her parent’s divorce, Daphne relocated to Berkley, California with her mom and sister. There the aspiring actress attended Woodstock High School and graduated in 1980. Soon after her graduation, Daphne went to the University of California, Los Angeles where she got a degree in theatre arts. While she was there, Daphne was friends with a fellow actress named Meg Ryan.
The talented actress made her first film appearance in 1982 when she played the role of a college coed in The Dorm That Dripped Blood. After that, she landed her first lead role in the 1984 horror film The Initiation. The following year, Daphne starred in Vision Quest and Rob Reiner’s The Sure Thing in 1985. The actress featured as Princess Vespa in the 1987 Mel Brooks’ comedy Spaceballs. She followed it up with an appearance in the horror thriller The Fly II, as well as Staying Together, and Gross Anatomy.
Asides from the movies, Daphne Zuniga has equally made her mark in television films and has appeared in dozens of TV series to date. She got her big break when she played the recurring role of Jo Reynolds in Melrose Place, a 1992 American soap opera. She also appeared in other popular series including Family Ties, Pandora’s Clock, Family Thanksgiving, Beautiful People, American Dreams, When Duty Calls, and One Tree Hill, among others.
Additionally, Daphne has played the role of voice actress in animated movies such as Stories from My Childhood and Spaceballs, etc. She is also an environmental activist and has supported several environmental campaigns. Notably, Daphne was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation in 2009. She has equally worked with California Natural Resource Defense Council and is also among the founding members of the Earth Communication Office.
The amazing actress has played remarkable roles in movies since the inception of her acting career. She has made huge wealth for herself and is currently living a decent lifestyle. Daphne Zuniga has a whopping net worth of $3 million. She made her wealth from her acting career as well as other business endeavors.
Married? Who is Her Husband?
The amazing actress has been on the limelight for a very long time; nevertheless, she has never shared much information regarding her personal life and relationships. Apparently, Daphne has been in a few relationships but never made it down the aisle. Her first relationship was with Jason Gendrick. The duo began their relationship in 1986 and after a few months, they went their separate ways.
After their separation, Daphne started another relationship with American actor Emilio Estevez. Although the pair kept their relationship under the radar, things didn’t work out between them and they called it quits after a few months in 1988. Since 2007, the gorgeous actress has been dating an American businessman named David Mleczko. The amazing couple has been spotted together at events even though they are not so vocal about their relationship. Interestingly, 2018 turned out to be a good year for Daphne Zuniga as David finally put a ring on her finger. While all ears are waiting to hear the date for their wedding, the couple has been making headlines to date.
Where Is Daphne Zuniga Now?
Undoubtedly, Daphne Zuniga was one of the favorite faces on television screens in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Sadly, the actress suffered from mercury poisoning in 2004 after she allegedly took plenty of sushi. She was rushed to the emergency room where she got proper medical attention. As a result of the poisoning, Daphne had skin rashes, crying spell, mild depression, and weak memory. After undergoing treatment, the actress recovered and since then, she has been in good health to date. She currently makes occasional appearances in films and television series. Her latest movies in 2018 include A Christmas Arrangement, Abigail Falls, and Witness Unprotected.