Who is Lisa Vidal?

Lisa Vidal was born on 13 June 1965 under the zodiac sign of Gemini, in Whitestone, Queens, New York City USA. She’s a 56-year-old actress, probably best recognized for landing the role of Dr. Sara Morales in the NBC crime drama series “Third Watch” (1999-2001), playing Inspector Magdalena ‘Magda’ Ramirez in the Lifetime police procedural drama series “The Division” (2001-2004), and featuring as Kara Lynch in the BET drama series “Being Mary Jane” (2013-2019).

How rich is she, as of now? Lisa Vidal Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Lisa Vidal’s net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment. She has garnered 60 television and film acting credits since she launched her career back in 1980.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Lisa Vidal spent her early years in her hometown of New York City, where she was raised by her father, Manny Vidal, who was a tax consultant and businessman, and her mother, Josie Vidal, who worked as a secretary; her parents had relocated from Puerto Rico to Manhattan, so she’s of Puerto Rican ancestry, belongs to Hispanic ethnic group, is a Roman Catholic, and also holds American nationality. She has two younger sisters, named ChristinaVidal and Tanya Vidal, both of whom are actresses and producers, and a brother named Christian Vidal. Regarding her education, Lisa attended a local elementary school, after which she went to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She majored in Communication and Psychology.

Career Beginnings

Lisa Vidal started pursuing her acting career right after her matriculation, when she joined La Familia Theater Company, where she performed next to Julia Roberts and Raul Julia. She appeared in the theatre series “Oye Willie” in 1980, after which she made her debut feature film appearance as Tina in the sports comedy film “Delivery Boys” in 1985. She then guest-starred in such TV series as “The Cosby Show”, “Miami Vice” and “Law & Order”, to name a few.

In 1992, she took the role of Carmen in Irwin Winkler’s neo-noir crime film “Night And The City”, next to Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange, which was followed in 1994 by her portrayal of Magdalena Soto in the comedy-drama film “I Like It Like That”, alongside Rita Moreno.

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Between 1994 and 1995, she was cast in the recurring role of reporter Carmen in the Fox police drama series “New York Undercover”.

Rise to Prominence

Lisa Vidal’s big break came when she became a series regular in the ABC police drama series “High Incident”, that aired for two seasons from 1996 to 1997, starring in the role of Officer Jessica Helgado. In 1997, she played Lisa in the made-for-TV thriller film “The Third Twin”, which earned her an ALMA Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series. It was followed by her portrayals of Ramona in the comedy film “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”, directed by Stuart Gordon, and Babs Cardoza in the made-for-TV thriller film “The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three”, for which she received her second ALMA Award nomination, both in 1998.

Her next major role came later that year, when she joined the cast of the CBS sitcom “The Brian Benben Show”, in which she played Julie until 2000. Concurrently, she continued to work on other projects, featuring as Detective Rico in the 1999 drama film “Hit & Run”, after which she had the major recurring part of Dr. Sara Morales in the NBC crime drama series “Third Watch” from 1999 to 2001.

Continued Success

In 2001, Lisa took the role of Elena in the romantic comedy film “The Blue Diner”, and then she was cast as firefighter Sandy Lopez in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC medical drama series “ER” (2001-2004). During the same period, she gained enormous popularity for portraying Inspector Magdalena ‘Magda’ Ramirez in the Lifetime police procedural drama series “The Division”, opposite Bonnie Bedelia; for her performance, Lisa received both an ALMA Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series, and an Imagen Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Drama.

She then featured as Carmen in the 2003 comedy film “Chasing Papi”, opposite Sofia Vergara, and played Barbara in the 2005 Lifetime drama film “Odd Girl Out”, for which she won an Imagen Award for Best Actress – Television. Between 2006 and 2007, she had the small part of Valez in the short-lived CBS drama series “Smith”.

Further Work

Lisa Vidal then appeared in the leading role of Deborah Martin in the 2007 psychological horror-thriller film “Dark Mirror”, which was followed by her portrayals of Barracks Officer in J. J. Abrams’ 2009 sci-fi action film “Star Trek”, the 11th installment of the franchise of the same title, and a huge commercial success grossing over $385 million worldwide on a $150 million budget.

Her next major appearance came when she joined the main cast of the NBC sci-fi thriller series “The Event”, in which she played Christina Martinez from 2010, but which aired just a single season. Two years later, she was chosen to portray Kara Lynch in the BET drama series “Being Mary Jane”, appearing in more than 50 episodes until its finale in 2019, and which earned her an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television. In 2015, she featured as Ana in the biographical crime film “Victor”, after which she was cast as Daisie Villa in the Fox police procedural series “Rosewood” between 2015 and 2017.

Most recently, she starred as Mari Garcia in the ABC romantic comedy series “The Baker And The Beauty” (2020) and played Dr. Alma Ortiz in the ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” (2020-2021).

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Lisa Vidal has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 3ins (1.60m), her weight is around 120lbs (54kgs), while her vital statistics are 35-24-35, bra size 34B, dress size  6 (US), and shoe size 8 (US).

Personal Life

Lisa Vidal is a married woman – her husband is Jay Cohen, a real estate agent by profession. The couple tied the knot at a wedding ceremony held on 6 January 1990, and are still going strong.

They have three children; she gave birth to their first son, Scott Jared Cohen, in 1992, but he unfortunately passed away at the age of 28 in 2021 from a gunshot wound to the head after struggling with severe drug abuse for years. Their second son named Max Cohen was born in 1998, and they welcomed daughter Olivia Taylor Cohen in 2003, who is an actress.

Lisa Vidal is a breast cancer survivor; she was diagnosed in January 2016, and thanks to early detection, it was treatable.

The family’s current residence is in Los Angeles, California.

Lisa was previously the owner of a children’s clothing store called Oodles located in Studio City, California.

She is a very close friend of actress/therapist Rosa Blasi.

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