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birth date:
September 25, 1976

birth place:
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Charlotte Ayanna is a Puerto Rican actress noted for her roles in such films as Kate & Leopold, Training Day, Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Jawbreaker.

1993 beauty pageant winner ("Miss Teen USA").

Appeared in Ricky Martin's ("She's All I Ever Had")

Available to buy:

Dancing At The Blue Iguana

Dancing At The Blue Iguana
VHS Tape


. Charlotte Ayanna

Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

Title: Dancing at the Blue Iguana
Released: 2000
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 123 min
Country: USA
Language: English

Tagline: Five souls exposed

Plot Summary: An up-close and personal look, on stage and backstage, at five ecdysiasts who dance at the Blue Iguana in L.A. Stormy is melancholy and distant; a man from her past has come to town and wants to see her. Jasmine writes poetry and may have met someone - Dennis, who organizes readings at a coffee house. Angel, a ditzy stoner, wants a foster child; a Russian hitman is smitten by her. Jessie is new in town, a vulnerable adolescent who tries to act grown up. Jo is brassy, in-your-face, and pregnant. Eddie runs the place with help from Bobby. A big weekend is coming up, so he's hired Nico to headline. The women look for reassurance; some find it in each other.

Comments:A collection of very compelling scenes...Not a perfect movie by any means, yet still worth the investment in time to experience it. This is a collection of very compelling scenes with fascinating characters that almost anyone should be able to appreciate on several levels.

Scene Description: Charlotte Ayanna standing in some tight jeans with her back to the camera as she takes off her top and then turns around to face the camera topless.

..Movie Stills

Scene Description: Charlotte Ayanna topless playing a stripper as she gets up off the stage and walks over to a guy to almost give him a kiss.

..Movie Stills

Scene Description: A nice view of Charlotte Ayanna topless as she rolls around on the stage doing some exotic dancing.

..Movie Stills
Available to buy:
 Dancing At The Blue Iguana (DVD)
 Dancing At The Blue Iguana (VHS)

Changed her last name to Ayanna when she learned that Lopez was the last name of her maternal grandfather, who she discovered abandoned her mother. Ayanna means "blessed" and Charlotte feels she has been blessed. Attended the University of California at Irvine. Moved to Vermont with her mother and siblings in 1977.

Charlotte was an out-of-work actress when Ricky Martin picked her head shot from the hundreds submitted last year for his romantic video.

Spent sixteen years of her childhood in foster homes.

Miss Vermont Teen USA.

Impoverished as a child.

Won Miss Teen USA in 1993 wearing a $37 evening gown.

Spokeswoman for foster children.

Her mother was mentally disturbed and lost custody of Charlotte, her brother, and her sister Diana.

Charlotte lived in a group home as a teenager and was adopted at 17 by a Vermont couple. That year, she was reunited with her brother from whom she and her sister Diana were separated in different foster homes as small children.

Has a brother named Duane and a sister named Diana. Diana is one year younger than she is.

Personal quotes

"I am very proud to have done that. Ricky Martin was so sweet, like so not what I ever expected. And, it definitely helped me get back on my feet financially." - on starring in Ricky Martin's video for "She's All I Ever Had."

"The pageant was such a fluke. I mean, I was living in an orphanage, and my foster mother bet me $150 to go out for this thing. Nobody, including myself, thought that a foster kid could be a beauty queen." - on being Miss Teen USA 1993

"Ever since I was a little girl, I envisioned this exactly happening to me. Not necessarily doing a movie about strippers but being young and having somebody like a director like Michael see me and see something in me and take a chance. And have a process like we have had." - on her film Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

Charlotte Ayanna - Filmography
Below is a complete filmography (list of movies she's appeared in)

Spun (2002) .... Amy
Kate & Leopold (2001) .... Patrice
Training Day (2001) .... Lisa Hoyt
Love the Hard Way (2001) .... Claire
Rennie's Landing (2001) .... Samantha 'Sam' Parkes
... aka Stealing Time (2003) (USA: longer version)
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) .... Jessie

Rage: Carrie 2, The (1999) .... Tracy Campbell
Jawbreaker (1999) (as Charlotte Roldan) .... Elizabeth 'Liz' Purr
Telling You (1998) (as Charlotte Lopez) .... Allison Fazio
... aka Love Sucks (1998) (UK: video title)
Trojan War (1997) (as Charlotte Lopez) .... Nina
... aka Rescue Me (1997)

Charlotte Ayanna - Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Profiler" (1996) playing "Kristen" in episode: "Cravings" (episode # 3.2) 24 October 1998
"Secret World of Alex Mack, The" (1994) playing "Hannah Mercury" in episode: "A Desperate Man" (episode # 4.17) 2 December 1997
"Steve Harvey Show, The" (1996) playing "Jody" (as Charlotte Lopez) in episode: "Pool Sharks Git Bit" (episode # 1.12) 15 December 1996
"Secret World of Alex Mack, The" (1994) playing "Hannah Mercury" in episode: "The Understudy" (episode # 3.6) 14 November 1996
"Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) playing "Beth Rawlings" in episode: "Here We Go Again" (episode # 7.2) 28 August 1996
"Weird Science" (1994) playing "Wendy" (as Charlotte Lopez) in episode: "Phantom Scampi" (episode # 4.5) 3 February 1996
"Weird Science" (1994) playing "Jessie" (as Charlotte Lopez) in episode: "Puppet Love" (episode # 4.3) 20 January 1996
"Weird Science" (1994) playing "Annie" (as Charlotte Lopez) in episode: "Dead Can Dance" (episode # 3.16) 5 August 1995