Wendy Moniz is an iconic American actress who garnered fame through her outstanding performance in the ABC drama series Betrayal where she portrayed the character of Elaine McAllister from 2001 to 2004. She started her acting career in 1999 when she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, Guiding Light and portrayed the lead character of Dinah Marler in the series from 1995 to 1999.
In addition to her acting prowess, Wendy has equally appeared on numerous television adverts for different companies. Join us, as we take you through her bio, career, personal life, and other facts below.
Who Is Wendy Moniz?
The actress was born as Wendy Moniz on the 19th day of January 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Wendy is of Irish and Portuguese ethnic descent and holds an American nationality. She spent her early years in Kansas City where she completed her basic education. Growing up, the actress developed a keen interest in acting from a very young age and while she was in high school, she featured in different drama presentations organized by her school.
She attended Durfee High School and while she was there, she also took part in different sporting events including field hockey, sprints, and other fields events. Upon graduation, Wendy enrolled at Siena College located in Loudonville, New York where she acquired a bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre in 1991.
Career and Rise to Fame
After her graduation, Wendy kicked off her acting career, making her first appearance in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. Joining the cast of the series in 1995, Wendy portrayed the recurring character of Dinah Marler alongside Nia Long, Ellen Parker, and Melissa Hayden until 1999. Her outstanding performance quickly landed her a spot in the limelight; hence, fetching her two Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations for Outstanding Newcomer-Female and Outstanding Younger Lead Actress respectively.
After she left the series in 1999, she landed a spot in another CBS drama pilot Partners. Her performance in the film made way for her to secure more prominent roles subsequently. The following year, she portrayed the role of Maria DiCenzo in the television sitcom Battery Park along with Justin Louis and Elizabeth Perkins. Later in the same year, she starred as Eva in The Others.
She followed it up with an appearance in the police drama Nash Bridges where she portrayed Insp. Rachel McCabe from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Wendy Moniz played the recurring role of Louisa in the CBS drama series The Guardian.
She went on to star in Damages from 2009 to 2010, playing the role of Jill Burnham. Wendy starred alongside Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable in David Wilcox’s horror fiction series 666 Park Avenue in 2012. She garnered wide popularity while portraying the role of Elaine McAllister along with Henry Thomas in Betrayal from 2012 to 2014. Her next major role was in House of Cards where she played Laura Moretti’s character from 2016 to 2017. Since 2018, she has been starring as Governor Lynelle Perry in the Paramount Network series, Yellowstone alongside Kevin Costner and Wes Bentley, among others.
Family: Parents, Spouse, and Children
Wendy Moniz came from a middle-class American family and was born to Bob Moniz and his wife, Billie. She was raised along with her sister named Dawn Moniz. However, there is no much information regarding her parents and her sister. Meanwhile, the actress has attributed her successes in her professional career to the unreserved support and love from her family.
While she has been enjoying a burgeoning acting career, Wendy is also successful in her love life. She is a happily married woman and a mother of two children. The actress got hitched to her Guiding Light co-star named Frank Grillo in October 2000. The couple was blessed with two children (sons) named Liam and Rio. Their first son Liam was born in June 2004 and four years later, Rio followed in January 2008. She is also a stepmom to Grillo’s son Remy Grillo from his previous relationship.
Prior to their marriage, Wendy was previously married to a man named David Birsner. The duo tied the knot in 1991 and decided to end their relationship five years later. They didn’t have any kids from their marriage and their divorce process was completed in 1996.
Other Interesting Facts About the Actress
1. Wendy Moniz stands tall at 5 feet 6 inches (1.67 m) with a commensurate body weight of 55 kg (121 lbs)
2. She has perfect body measurements (bust-waist-hips) of 33-24-33 inches
3. Her net worth is currently not available but that of her husband Frank Grillo is currently pegged at $3 million
4. She has appeared in over 50 commercials for notable companies.
5. Her zodiac/astrological sign is Capricorn