Melina Kanakaredes is an American actress. She is best known for playing the role of Detective Stella Bonasera on the series CSI: NY. She is also known for her portrayal of Dr. Sydney Hansen in the series Providence and Eleni Andros Cooper in the American daytime television drama series Guiding Light. Born Melina Eleni Kanakaredes on April 23, 1967 in Akron, Ohio, to Harry Kanakaredes and Connie Temo, she belongs to Greek descent. She began performing locally; singing with her sisters. She attended Ohio State University for the music, dance and theater. She attended and graduated From Point Park College In Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts. She has been married to Peter Constantinides since 1992. They have two children, Zoe Constantinides and Karina Eleni Constantinides. She has been married to Peter Constantinides since 1992. They have two children, Zoe Constantinides and Karina Eleni Constantinides.
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Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Interesting Facts
*She is a second-generation Greek-American and fluent in Greek. *Attended Ohio State University, c. 1985â€“87; earned B.F.A. (magna cum laude), from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA. *She made her stage debut in a production of Tom Sawyer at the age of eight.