Born: October 28, 1974
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dayanara Torres Delgado (born October 28, 1974) is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, model, writer and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 1993.
Torres was discovered at age 17 while walking through the Plaza de Toa Alta in her hometown, and was invited to represent Villalba in the annual Miss Puerto Rico pageant. She won the pageant and the right to represent Puerto Rico in the 1993 Miss Universe pageant. In 1992, she participated in the Miss International pageant and became a semi-finalist. The same year, she earned second place at the Queen of the World contest.
Torres won the crown in the Miss Universe pageant held in Mexico in May 1993. Torres' victory in the pageant caused some controversy because of the claim that she was still a minor; however, Torres had turned 18 several months before the contest. Her victory also raised some eyebrows, as she did not top any of the pageant's segments. When Torres returned home to Puerto Rico, she was received with a parade.
During and after her reign as Miss Universe, she became an ambassador for UNICEF, traveling through Asia and Latin America in support of the organization. She created the Dayanara Torres Foundation which has provided scholarships to poor students in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In 1994, she went to Manila to crown the new Miss Universe and during the ceremony, she sang "A Whole New World" as a duet with Peabo Bryson.After the 1994 Miss Universe pageant, Torres landed several movie roles, made television appearances, and received offers to endorse products. She became a celebrity in the Philippines and lived in the country for five years. She also appeared in more than 10 movies, including Hataw Na, a film with Filipino actor and singer Gary Valenciano (who is half-Puerto Rican). During that time, she also filmed Linda Sara (1994), a Puerto Rican film directed by Jacobo Morales in which she was paired with fellow Puerto Rican singer, Chayanne. She also became a staple figure on Philippine television every Sunday on the show ASAP Mania, where her dancing skills gained her the informal title "Dancing Queen".
During her time in the Philippines, Torres learned to speak Tagalog, the main language of the country. Torres had a four-year relationship with Filipino actor Aga Muhlach, now married to Charlene Gonzalez, a Miss Universe 1994 top six finalist. Torres and Muhlach first met on the set of her first Philippine movie, Basta't Kasama Kita (As Long As I'm With You). In 1995, she also did the dance movie Hataw Na! (Start Dancing!) with fellow Puerto Rican and Filipino O.P.M artist Gary Valenciano. In 1998, she starred with Action Star/Game show host Cesar Montano In a comedy/action film Type Kita Walang Kokontra! (You are My Type, Nobody Can Meddle!). Torres also became part of the musical variety show ASAP when it first aired in 1994 as a host for 5 years and as she came in and out of town in 1997-1998. In 2007, she visited the Philippines but could not perform due to schedule conflicts.
In 1995, Torres won as Best New Female TV Personality in the 10th PMPC Star Awards for Television, an award night celebration held every year in the Philippines. She is the only Puerto Rican female actress to win a Philippine Awards Night.
In 2017, Torres made a return to the country as a judge on Miss Universe 2016, along with various guest appearances on Philippine television.
In February 2017, Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres was asked whether or not she would be willing to do a romantic TV series with her former boyfriend and leading man Aga Muhlach, she said she was more than willing to.
Torres returned to Puerto Rico in 1998 and released her only album called Antifaz. It reached the top of Billboard charts in Latin America and the Philippines. She also starred in several theater productions on the island. That same year, a "Dayanara" doll was released and sold out in both Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
On September 1, 2005, Torres debuted in an American soap opera, playing a small role on The Young and the Restless. The program's producers expressed an interest in future appearances. To date, Torres has not made any other appearances on the show. Torres later starred in Watch Over Me, a MyNetworkTV primetime drama.
In 2008, Torres was included in People magazine's "Most Beautiful People" list. During the celebration ceremony, Torres stated she authored the self-help book "Married to Me" when she failed to find a book to help her with her 2003 separation from Marc Anthony in bookstores.
Torres has two older brothers, José and Joey, and a younger sister, Jeannette. She finished her studies in Colegio Santa Rosa in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, with the intention of going to college to become an orthodontist.
Torres married singer Marc Anthony on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (5 February 2001) and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (16 August 2003). Their marriage was rocky, and they separated in the summer of 2002. They later reconciled and renewed their vows in a ceremony held in Puerto Rico in December 2002.
The couple's final separation was in October 2003 and Torres filed for divorce in January 2004. The divorce was finalized June 1, 2004.
In June 2014, a divorce court approved an increase from $13,400 to $26,800 in monthly child support payments; Torres had originally asked for monthly payments of $123,426 alleging Marc Anthony had spent only 35 days with their two children in 2012 but the Court found he had spent 71 days.
|1994||Linda Sara||Young Sara|
|1995||Basta’t Kasama Kita||Princess Marinella of Bavaria / Ella|
|1995||Hataw Na / Dance Now /Groove||Anna Alvarado|
|1999||Type Kita Walang Kokontra||Sabel|
|2009||The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone||Amelia|
|TBA||Solo Para Mujeres: The Movie||TBA|
|2004||The Young and the Restless||Elise Tomkins|
|2006-2007||Watch Over Me||Julia Rivera|
|2017||Ang Probinsyano||Mariana Dela Vega|
|2017||It's Showtime||Trabahula contestant|
|2017||Gandang Gabi Vice||Guest|