Soledad St. Hilaire was born in Santo Tomas Hospital in the City of Panama, on October 25 1950. After graduating from Panama School in 1969, she came the following year to The United States to attend California Business College in Los Angeles. The struggle to survive led to a non-stop, around-the-clock work schedules that included secretarial duties 9 to 5 and waiting tables on the graveyard shift. Balancing the responsibilities of full time wife and mother didn't slow her down though she soon escaped an abusive marriage and raised her daughter on her own. St. Hilaire credits her resiliance to enduring the triumphs and challenges of constantly seeking better work and a way of life. Her daughter, Sabella St. Hilaire, also an actress, continues to give her mother's career one hundred percent support.
In 1992 Soledad was diagnosed with cancer. After several operations God gave her another opportunity, making Soledad realize that acting was her decided path. One fateful day in 1995, her daughter's agent asked her to go to an audition but she declined. Later, her daughter coaxed her to call the casting agent to try to reschedule an audition but it was too late. However, the casting agent told Soledad that it was very difficult to find qualified motherly, Hispanic/Latina women to cast in commercials and encouraged Soledad to break into showbiz. Without hesitating, St. Hilaire began researching everything about the business and was soon hooked.
It wasn't long after that St. Hilaire made her first big screen appearance in Miguel Arteta's 1996 controversial feature film “Star Maps”. Her film work has been continuous with a growing resume of acting parts including “The End of Violence (1997) directed by Wim Wenders, “Crazy/Beautiful“ (2001) directed by John Stockwell, “Real Women Have Curves" (2002) an HBO orignal film and winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, directed by Patricia Cardoso, "Full Frontal" (2002) with Oscar winning Director Steven Soderbergh, and most recently in Salma Hayek's directorial debut "The Maldonado Miracle" (2003) and "Criminal" (2004), directed by Gregory Jacobs. "Happy Endings" (2004), directed by Don Roos and presently in post-production, is her latest film appearance.
Aside from her busy film career, St. Hilaire is a Licensed Real Estate Agent. She has also been an Escrow Officer, Title Officer, Travel Agent, Welfare worker for Orange County, Notary Public, Manager for Denny's and IHOPrestaurants, and holds a certificate for Court Mediator as well. Residing in Cypress, California, she is the proprietor of SoleMar Marketing & Promotions and SoleMar Productions which formerly produced “Nosotros Now”, an entertainment program. In January 2005, St. Hilaire will appear in a self-produced reality-TV program for Cypress City Public Access Television with daughter Sabella and other guests. It is aptly titled "The Show."
In her spare time St. Hilaire enjoys browsing the web and trying healthy recipes in the kitchen. A current student of Cypress College where she pursues a Law degree, she remains an active participant in their intensive Theater program and web classes.
Soledad St. Hilaire is a successful single mother, breast-cancer survivor, latina entreprenuer, handywoman, avid gardener and, truly, an all around performer.
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