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||Birth name : Ali Germaine Landry|
|Date of birth : 21 July 1973|
|Place of birth: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA|
|Nickname: The Doritos Girl|
|Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)|
|Spouse: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (8 April 2006 - present) 1 child, Mario López (24 April 2004 - 12 May 2004) (annulled).|
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Ali Germaine Landry (born July 21, 1973) is a former Miss USA (1996), model and actress. She is recognized as the Doritos Girl from her popular 1998 Super Bowl commercial. In 1998, she was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Pageant winners tend to fall into two categories after they’ve been crowned – those who continue in the public eye, and those that return to relative anonymity. Actress and model Ali Landry was firmly in the former, with a small but solid list of performing credits to her name, and at least one enduring entry in the annals of pop culture history as the uber-athletic “Doritos Girl” in a pair of popular TV commercials in the late 1990s.
Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. This southern region of Louisiana is referred to as "Acadiana," the heart of Cajun country. Landry is of French (Cajun) and Spanish descent. She graduated from Cecilia High School in 1991. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL)) and was majoring in Mass Communications. She is a sister member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Born into a Cajun family on July 21, 1973 in Breaux Bridge, LA, Landry’s first foray into the pageant world came in 1990 when the high school beauty was named Miss Louisiana Teen USA. After high school, Landry attended the University of Southern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) before representing her home state in the Miss USA competition and taking home the crown. She also competed that year in the Miss Universe pageant and finished among the top six finalists. She would later co-host the “Universe” competition, first in 2000 (for which she would receive a 2001 ALMA nomination), followed by 2002.
Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. The pageant is directed by RPM Productions. She represented Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA 1990 pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed seventh.
In 1995, Landry won the Miss Louisiana USA 1996 title, becoming the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss title. She went on to compete in the Miss USA 1996 pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 she placed third highest after the preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final event. She was the highest placed of the finalists and eventually went on to win the Miss USA 1996 title. She was the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to win the title (although her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992, had inherited the Miss USA title from Chelsi Smith the year before.
Landry went on to compete in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed highest on average after the presentation show, and was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition. She however, only placed seventh in the swimsuit competition. She was second going in to the final round of six delegates, but fell to sixth after the judge's panel questions.
Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until 2000 when Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three pageants.
Landry’s first acting roles came in 1997 with small roles in episodes of “Clueless” (UPN/ABC, 1996-99) and the syndicated “Conan” (1997) series, as well as a regular role on the NBC soap opera “Sunset Beach” (1997-99). She also gained early hosting experience on the short-lived sketch comedy show “Prime Time Comedy” (NBC, 1998) and UPN’s clip show “America’s Greatest Pets” (1998).
That same year, Landry received what was probably her greatest post-pageant exposure as the star of a Doritos commercial (co-starring future “Will and Grace” star, Sean Hayes) which put her gymnastic training to excellent use. As an attractive woman just doing her laundry but whose passion for the snack nearly defies physical law, Landry did the splits in such fashion, that American men collectively drooled. Originally aired during the Super Bowl (a second was broadcast for the ’99 Super Bowl) the memorable ad launched Landry into the spotlight. The attention was not without its downside, though, as she was pelted on more than one occasion with bags of Doritos by overeager fans.
Though some of Landry’s roles were based strictly on her looks (in the pilot for the short-lived 1998 Fox series “Significant Others,” she is billed simply as “Gorgeous Woman”), she handled character parts as well, including a multi-episode arc on the syndicated “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1997-2000) and a recurring role on “Felicity” (WB, 1998-2002) as Natalie, the unexpected spouse of series regular Scott Foley.
Things were looking up in Landry’s personal life as well. In 1998, Landry met former “Saved by the Bell” (NBC, 1989-93) Mario Lopez while serving as a commentator for the Miss Teen USA pageant. After a six year courtship, often profiled by tabloids, the pair were married in 2004. Unfortunately, the union was annulled shortly thereafter; reportedly after Landry learned her new husband had cheated on her during the bachelor festivities. They couple also appeared together in the interesting low-budget feature film, “Outta Time” (2002).
Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games. She was named by "People" magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998. Her house was featured on E!'s celebrity homes and on MTV's Cribs. She has been listed as one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. She was twice named on Stuff Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women list. Askmen.com has named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.
In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From 2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve. Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor, and was runner up. She is an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.
Landry and her husband Alejandro Monteverde made the film Bella together. Bella was directed by Monteverde and was produced by their business partners Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, and Denise Pinckley. Monteverde and the filmmakers received honors for Bella from the Toronto Film Festival, the Smithsonian and the White House. The Smithsonian Latino Center honored Monteverde with their "Legacy Award." The director of the Department of Citizenship also gave Monteverde the "American by Choice" award for Bella's positive contribution to Latino art and culture in the U.S.
Landry remained a consistent presence in low-budget and independent features, as well as network and syndicated television. In addition to her sole big-screen feature, the 2000 beauty pageant comedy “Beautiful,” she also appeared in the horror film “Soulkeeper” (2001), the National Lampoon sci-fi sex comedy “Repli-Kate” (2002), in which she played a genetically created “perfect woman,” and a Playmate-style model in the juvenile “Who’s Your Daddy?” (2003). Meanwhile, her post-2000 television work included hosting the reality TV-revenge series “Spy TV” (NBC 2001-02), co-hosting the concert series “Farmclub.com” (USA Network, 2001), and the syndicated “Full Frontal Fashion” (2002-03). Landry returned to acting in 2003 with a pair of performances on the short-lived Fox action series “Fastlane” (2002-03) before joining the cast of “Eve” (UPN, 2003-06) as one of rap-star Eve’s girlfriends, a former model.
In 2005, Landry reportedly met Mexican director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde in a church Bible study. Putting her painful brief first marriage behind her, she and Monteverde got engaged on Memorial Day of that year before tying the knot in early 2006. She is among the cast of his next feature, “Bella.” President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush saw the film and invited Bella's director to sit with Laura Bush in her private box during the annual "State of the Union" speech in 2007.
Landry met actor/TV personality Mario Lopez when he emceed the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, but two weeks later she had the marriage annulled over alleged infidelities committed by Lopez during the relationship. She married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Their daughter Estela Ines Monteverde was born on July 11, 2007.
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