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Ali Landry Biography
Ali Landry is an American actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She who won Miss USA 1996. She played Rita Lefleur on the UPN sitcom Eve.
She also was the Doritos Girl in a 1998 Super Bowl commercial. She was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998.
Ali Landry Age
Born on July 21, 1973.
Ali Landry Net Worth
Ali Landry has an approximate net worth of $6 million dollars.
Ali Landry Family
Landry was named after Ali MacGraw from the 1970 film Love Story. Landry grew up in Cecilia, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Renella (Ray) and Gene Allen Landry. Landry is of French (Cajun) descent. She attended Cecilia High School, graduating in 1991. She was captain of the cheerleaders in high school. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette and majored in mass communication. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Ali Landry Husband
Landry met actor and TV personality Mario Lopez when he presented the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant. She was a commentator at the time. The two engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in front of 50 guests at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She had the marriage annulled after learning that Lopez engaged in a threesome during his bachelor party before the wedding two weeks later.
On April 8, 2006, she married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The couple has three children: daughter Estela Inez (born July 2007) and sons Marcelo Alejandro (born October 2011) and Valentin Francesco (born July 2013). Valentin’s middle name was inspired by Pope Francis, as Landry and Monteverde met him while she was pregnant and he blessed the baby.
Ali Landry Pageantry
In 1990, came her first foray into pageantry when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. In the 1990 Miss Teen USA pageant, she represented Louisiana. It was held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed first in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. She was ranked seventh during the final competition.
Landry won the 1996 Miss Louisiana USA title in 1995. She became the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss crown. She went on to compete in the 1996 Miss USA pageant. It 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 Top 10 competition. Of the Top 6 finalists, she was the highest placed and eventually went on to win the 1996 title.
Landry was the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to actually win the Miss USA crown. Shanna Moakler was her predecessor who was previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA. Later Miss New York USA and first runner-up to Miss USA Chelsi Smith, only inherited the title after Smith became Miss Universe.
In 1996 Landry competed Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed first in the preliminary competition. She ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition. She was second going into the next round of six delegates. However she was eliminated after the judges’ questions.
Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe until 1999. 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 has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. She appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games as a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand. The People magazine named her as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998. Her house was featured on E!’s celebrity homes and on MTV’s Cribs. In another list she is one of FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. Twice she’s named on Stuff Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women list.
She hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV in 2002. 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 participated in the Boston Marathon since she also is an avid athlete.
She has hosted the English and Spanish-language versions of Spotlight to Nightlight, an interview show on Yahoo! where she talks with celebrity mothers about parenting issues. She also launched Belle Parish in 2009 a lifestyle line. Belle Parish launched with a children’s clothing line in September 2009, to be in stores spring 2010. The line is inspired by her Southern upbringing and the keepsake items her mother saved from her childhood.
Landry starred in (and wss the executive producer of) TV Guide Network’s upcoming show, Hollywood Moms’ Club, in November 2011. She was the new face and spokesmodel of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for the year 2012, following in the footsteps of celeb moms Samantha Harris and Laila Ali who previously posed for Palmer’s.
Ali Landry Movies and TV Shows
She and Alejandro Monteverde her husband made the film Bella together. The film was directed by Monteverde. Their business partners Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino and Denise Pinckley then produced it. Both the filmmakers and Monteverde 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 American by Choice award for Bella’s positive contribution to Latino art and culture in the U.S. was given by the director of the Department of Citizenship to Monteverde.
Monteverde was invited to sit with Laura Bush in her private box during the annual State of the Union speech in 2007 by US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.