The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation's longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, will honor actress Marlene Forte with a HOLA Award for "Excellence in Television" at its Thirteenth Annual HOLA Awards Gala and Benefit, to be held on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Waterfront Battery Gardens inside New York City's Battery Park.
The Hola Award for Excellence in Television is awarded to those whose work in the medium of television best exemplifies the Hispanic image for a viewing audience and has helped positively broaden the nation's understanding of the Latino community.
In recent years, the HOLA Awards has singled out and honored such leading Latino artists as Antonio Banderas, Alfred Molino, Rosie Perez, Benjamin Pratt, Esai Morales, John Leguizamo and Lauren Velez. Marlene Forte will now join this list of groundbreaking achievers.
Marlene Forte currently co-stars as a series regular on the TNT television relaunch of the iconic 80s series "Dallas", which premiered on Wednesday, June 13 to 7 millions viewers - the biggest premiere so far this year for any networks.
The Cuban-born/New Jersey raised actress, who had recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" and "House of Payne", and whose film appearances include the transporter chief in the 2009 JJ Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot and Mrs. Glass in "Real Women Have Curves", is also joining the cast of the ABC Family hit TV show "The Secret Life of The American Teenager" in a guest starring role playing Maritza, Kathy's (Cierra Ramirez) young grandmother.
On the big screen, Forte will soon be seen in Marlon Wayans' directorial debut called "Smart Ass," - a spoof of such horror films as "Paranormal Activity" and "The Devil Inside." Mike Tiddes is co-directing the new film with Wayans, who also stars in it with Essence Atkins ("Are We There Yet?) and Cedric The Entertainer.Due out in theaters Winter 2012, Forte steps into the shoes of Marlon's personal housekeeper who lives a double life.
Far from being a flash in the pan, Marlene Forte's star fast-steadily continues to rise cementing her status as an enduring talent.
More than an actress, Marlene is a "working" actress who has proven Hollywood wrong breaking every rule in the book!
When Marlene turned 30, she decided to become an actress. That's a late start for most occupations; in Hollywood it's nearly unheard of. Yet Forte has carved for herself a successful if unlikely career. She has done it all -- she has experienced motherhood, owned a business (video store) and lived a full life before setting foot on a stage. Now with an acting career spanning over three decades, Forte is enjoying a hell of ride carrying an acting dossier that may very well rival some of the most prominent Latinas in the industry.
This year, HOLA is partnering with New York's Latin Media and Entertainment Commission founded by Mayor Bloomberg.
The landmark partnership not only exemplifies the role that HOLA plays in the city of New York, but also the nation's efforts to increase the Latino Community's presence and visibility on stages and on film, and television screens.
The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in all entertainment and media industries.
For more information visit: http://www.hellohola.org/