(born 1957) is an American actress, best known for her role as Detective Gina Calabrese on the 1980s TV show Miami Vice.
The daughter of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Santiago's family moved from The Bronx to Homestead, Florida when she was 13. She attended the University of Miami on a scholarship, majoring in psychology, and became enamoured with acting in her later years at the university, after graduation going on to study theatres & arts at Southern Methodist University, eventually earning a master's degree. Her breakthrough role was in a performance of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge on Broadway, and she would go on to star in Marvin Hamlisch's musical Smile as well as seminal hip hop movie Beat Street. Santiago also read with Al Pacino for the role of Tony Montana's sister Gina in Scarface.
Her most famous role was Detective Gina Calabrese in Miami Vice.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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