Ivonne Coll, also known as Ivonne Coll Mendoza, was born on June 18, 1947 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She is an American actress and a former Miss Puerto Rico. She has recurring roles on Teen Wolf and Switched at Birth.

Personal Life

She was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the Nuestra Señora del Pilar school where she was an honor student. She then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where she studied social sciences.

Coll began her career as a model. In 1966, she was crowned as "Miss Puerto Rico" and then as "Miss Universe" in 1967 in Miami, Florida.


In 1969, Coll was a back-up singer for Lucecita Benítez when Benitez won the first prize in the "First Latin Song Festival of the World" which took place in Mexico. She also served as back-up for Chucho Avellanet, a popular teen idol in Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1971, Coll debuted as an actress in a local soap opera (telenovela), called "El Sirviente" (The Servant). In the same year she also debuted as a solo singer in the "Club Ocho Puertas (Eight Doors Club)" located in San Juan.

She has a recurring role on Switched at Birth and Teen Wolf.

Coll had a role as Santana's grandmother on Glee in 2011 and returned to it twice in 2015.

She has a role on the CW series' Jane the Virgin.


Year Film Role Notes
1974 The Godfather: Part II Yolanda credited as Yvonne Coll
1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television Yolanda uncredited; TV Mini-Series
1986 La gran fiesta Dona Tula
1988 Cuqui: Una mujer como tu Cuqui Cuqui
1989 Lean on Me Mrs. Santos
1990 Gabriel's Fire Dr. Luisa Hernandez/Mrs. Pena Judgements and Money Walks
The Flash Carmen Hijuelos Child's Play
A Killer Among Us Francine Cortez TV movie
DEA Mrs. Clemente 4 episodes
1991 The Belles of Bleeker Street Carmen Pilot
Wings Mooshta Duet for Cello and Plane
1994 L.A. Law Judge Leslie Peyton Silence Is Golden
A Rainy Day Leticia TV Movie
1995 NYPD Blue Sonia Lopez/Latina Woman 1995 - 00; The Man with Two Right Shoes and Boxer Rebellion
Chicago Hope Mrs. Ponce Wild Cards
As Good as Dead Mexican Woman TV Movie
1996 Bold and the Beautiful Alicia Cortéz 1996 - 1997; 6 episodes
Death in Granada Angelina Gonzalez
Malibu Shores Mrs. Martinez Cheating Hearts and The Competitive Edge
Pacific Blue Rosa Del Toro 1996 - 1998; Outlaw Extreme, The Last Ride and Caretakers
1997 Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy Officer Wilcox TV Movie
Crisis Center Janie Sheppard Where Truth Lies and Shots
The Pest Gladyz
1998 Rude Awakening Diana's Mother voice; What Ever Happened to Billie Frank?
Strangeland Rose Stravelli
1999 The Practice Dr. Maria Hernandez Committed
In Too Deep Mrs. Batista
Instinct Dr. Marzuez
2000 Details Mother short
Passions Dr. Watts Episode #1.174
The Apostate Killan's Mother
City of Angels Miss Hernandez, the Social Worker Weenis Between Us and The High Cost of Living
Waking the Dead Gisela Higgens
2001 The Division Mrs. Ramirez/Elaine Hunt 2001 - 2002; There But for Fortune and Secrets, Lies and Weddings
Roswell Ms. Ramirez Significant Others and To Have and to Hold
V.I.P. Ta'eena The Uncle from V.A.L.
The Huntress Nelda Ramos Run Ricky Run
2002 Scorcher Mayor Salizar
2003 Joan of Arcadia Marlene Pilot, Bringeth It On and Drive, He Said
Skin Amelia Secrets & Lies and Endorsement
Nip/Tuck Genetics Lab Receptionist Montana/Sassy/Justice and Escobar Gallardo
Six Feet Under Vanessa's Therapist Death Works Overtime
Judging Amy Nurse Abby Corazon Judging Eric
2004 Jesus the Driver Marisol
2005 Veronica Mars Knitting Grandmother One Angry Veronica
Without a Trace Concebida Hernandez Neither Rain Nor Sleet
2006 Splinter Mom
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marsha Kendric Poppin' Tags
Crossing Jordan Mrs. Salazar credited as Ivonne Cole; Dreamland
2007 De pura cepa Carmen short
Heroes Nidia Chapter Two 'Lizards'
Dirt Cleaning Lady This Is Not Your Father's Hostage Situation
2008 Untitled Victoria Pile Project Margarita Hernandez TV Movie
Ylse Becky
The Young and the Restless Rosa Flinn Episode #1.8893
2009 ER Grandmother And in the End...
The Night Girl Esperanza short
2010 Cold Case Sonia Espinosa '10 Bombers
2011 Glee Alma Lopez 2011 (I Kissed a Girl)
2015 (What the World Needs Now and A Wedding)
Switched at Birth Adriana Vasquez 2011 - (28 episodes)
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Gypsy Crone TV Movie
2013 Counterpunch Grandma Daisy
Caprichosas photo of Miriam short
2014 Teen Wolf Araya Calavera Season 3b: More Bad than Good & Echo House
Season 4: The Dark Moon, I.E.D & Smoke and Mirrors
Endgame Abuelita post-production
Los Scavengers Remi
East Los High Fabiola Luchadoras, I Ain't No Victim and Beauty Queens Don't Wear Trash
Jane the Virgin Alba Villanueva 2014 - (22 epsiodes)



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