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PATRICIA Velasquez (Patricia Alvarez) is an actress, producer, author, and an award-winning activist. She is best known for her role as Anck-Su-Namun in "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." Additionally, she has been seen in foreign films, including "Le Jaguar," and "Zapata."

Velasquez earned critical acclaim for her 2006 stage debut in the lead role of "School of the Americas" at the Public Theater in New York City. The play was produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and written by Jose Rivera.

She has also appeared on many popular television shows, including "Hawaii Five-0," "American Family," "CSI: Miami," and "Arrested Development."

Her first experience in film production was as executive producer of "Cenizas Eternas," an independent film in which she also played the lead role. More recently, Velasquez was the associate producer and lead actor in "Liz in September," a film directed by acclaimed filmmaker Fina Torres. Velasquez received the 2015 North Carolina Film Festival award for Best Actress, in the Women's Feature category, for her performance in the film.

Velasquez is also a published author. In her intimate and inspiring autobiography, Straight Walk: A Supermodel's Journey to Finding her Truth, published in 2015, she recalls her triumphant journey from poverty to international acclaim.

As an Artist for Peace, Velasquez is a celebrity advocate for UNESCO. She received the Women Together Award at the United Nations in 2009 and the Solidarity Award in November 2010. The La Femme Festival, a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers, honored Velasquez with their 2015 Humanitarian Award.

In 2011, Velasquez successfully helped launch Taya Beauty, an organic line of beauty products, on the Home Shopping Network. Created from the super-botanicals of the rainforest, Taya Beauty skincare and hair care products are grown in environmentally sustainable programs in South American indigenous communities. Taya Beauty is now sold all over the world through various shopping channels.

Concerned about the living conditions of Latin American indigenous groups like the Wayuu group in Venezuela, Velasquez founded Wayuu Taya Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and funding ways to improve conditions of Latin American indigenous groups, respecting their culture and belief. She competed on the television show "Celebrity Apprentice" on behalf of her foundation in 2012. As a result of her high-profile life as a celebrity activist, Velasquez was also a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a frequent judge at Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest.


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