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      Dianna Maria Riva

      Dianna Maria Riva

      Highest Rated: 80% McFarland, USA (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Our Family Wedding (2010)

      Birthday: Jul 22, 1969

      Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

      To call Diana-Maria Riva a successful working actor would be quite an understatement, considering the width and breadth of her TV and film work. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1969, Riva described her youth as being impacted by the strong Latina women in her family who encouraged her to follow her dream. Studying acting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she eventually earned her MFA in Theater Performance in 1995. The following year, Riva moved to California in order to reprise a role she'd been performing in Michael Weller's "Help!" with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati when the production opened in Los Angeles. She simultaneously began pursuing a career on screen, and was off and running with a recurring role on the short-lived series "Common Law" (ABC, 1996) a few months later. Next came a recurring role on "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-97), the first of several collaborations with show creator Steven Bochco. She would co-star on shows like "Philly" (ABC, 2001-02), "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07), and "The Good Guys" (Fox, 2010), in addition to supporting character roles in movies like "What Women Want" (2000) and "17 Again" (2009). In 2015, Riva starred alongside Eva Longoria as a sardonic wardrobe supervisor on the behind-the-scenes sitcom "Telenovela" (NBC, 2015-16). The following year, she joined "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) alum Matt LeBlanc on the sitcom "Man with a Plan" (CBS, 2016-), playing a no-nonsense kindergarten teacher who battles with LeBlanc in his new role as a stay-at-home dad.

      Highest rated movies

      McFarland, USA
      Our Family Wedding

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      OUR FAMILY WEDDING, from left: America Ferrera, Diana Maria Riva, Anjelah Johnson, 2010. TM & copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved Telenovela, from left: Alex Meneses, Amaury Nolasco, Juan Carlos Cantu, Diana-Maria Riva, Jadyn Douglas, Jose Moreno-Brooks, Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, 'The Rivals', Season 1, Ep. #5, 01/11/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, Diana-Maria Riva, 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, from left: Diana-Maria Riva, Nick Swardson, Amaury Nolasco, Eva Longoria, 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, Diana-Maria Riva (L), Amaury Nolasco (C), Eva Longoria (R), 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, Eva Longoria (L), Diana-Maria Riva (C), Amaury Nolasco (R), 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, Diana-Maria Riva (L), Amaury Nolasco (C), Eva Longoria (R), 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Telenovela, Alex Meneses (L), Diana-Maria Riva (R), 'The Rivals', Season 1, Ep. #5, 01/11/2016, ©NBC Hollywood Game Night, from left: Nick Swardson, Eva Longoria, Jane Lynch, Camilla Luddington, Kevin Pollak, Amaury Nolasco, Diana-Maria Riva, 'In the Garden of Eva', Season 4, Ep. #2, 01/12/2016, ©NBC Telenovela, Jose Moreno-Brooks (L), Diana-Maria Riva (R), 'The Kiss', Season 1, Ep. #4, 01/04/2016, ©NBC Telenovela, Diana-Maria Riva (L), Eva Longoria (C), Zachary Levi (R), 'The Kiss', Season 1, Ep. #4, 01/04/2016, ©NBC Telenovela, Diana-Maria Riva (L), Eva Longoria (C), Jose Moreno-Brooks (R), 'The Kiss', Season 1, Ep. #4, 01/04/2016, ©NBC Saint George, George Lopez (L), Diana-Maria Riva (R), 'Carry On Wayward Son', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/10/2014, ©FX OUR FAMILY WEDDING, from left: Forest Whitaker, Regina King, Carlos Mencia, Diana-Maria Riva, 2010. TM & copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved American Idol, Diana-Maria Riva, Season 9, 1/12/2010, ©FOX American Idol, Diana-Maria Riva, 'American Idol: The Search For A Superstar', 06/11/2002, ©FOX Jose Moreno Brooks, Jadyn Douglas, Eva Longoria, Diana-Maria Riva, Alex Meneses at arrivals for NBC Network Upfronts 2015, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY May 11, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      80% 88% McFarland, USA Senora Diaz (Character) $44.5M 2015
      15% 48% Our Family Wedding Sonia Ramirez (Character) $20.2M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operating Instructions Unknown (Character) - 2009

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2022
      100% 82% Gordita Chronicles Adela Torres Castelli (Character) 2022
      88% 84% Dead to Me Detective Ana Perez (Character) 2020
      36% 57% Sunnyside Griselda (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2016 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2012 2019
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Sister Anne Gutirrez (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 83% Man With a Plan Mrs. Rodriguez (Character) 2016-2017
      64% 61% Telenovela Mimi (Character) 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 86% Girl Meets World Chairperson Sanchez (Guest Star) 2015
      27% 60% Manhattan Love Story Angie (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 67% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      0% 31% Saint George Concepcion (Character),
      Concepion (Guest Star)
      2014
      11% 20% Rob Rosa (Character) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Guys Lt. Ana Ruiz (Character) 2010
      82% 87% Castle Detective Roselyn Karpowski (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Plain Sight Roberta Procter (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Side Order of Life Vivy Porter (Character) 2007
      40% No Score Yet The Loop Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      74% 88% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Lilly Rodriguez (Guest Star) 2006
      81% 95% The West Wing Edie Ortega (Guest Star) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Dear Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Less Than Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Miss Laurie (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Juanita (Guest Star) 2004
      23% No Score Yet Luis Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet 66% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2002-2003
      64% No Score Yet Philly Patricia (Character) 2001-2002
      23% No Score Yet Kate Brasher Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 85% Everybody Loves Raymond Sarah (Guest Star) 1999 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      74% 86% The X-Files Angela Villareal (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 90% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      11% No Score Yet Living in Captivity Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Common Law Maria Marquez (Character) 1996