Her height is 5' 6" (1.68 m).
Her nickname is Sandy.
Saundra says that her best friend in the world was her father. She says that they were "as close as twins."
At the beginning of her career, Saundra was married to an unsuccessful actor from Greece who became unhappy when she started becoming successful. With the help of friends she was able to end the marriage and move from New York, where she was living, to Los Angeles.
Saundra attended Catholic School in the Bronx until she and her family moved to Florida when she was 13 years old. Her older brother, Jeffrey, attended the same school.
In her free time Saundra works on her cabaret act, which she performs in various nightclubs in New York City.
Saundra was personally offered the part of "Carmen Santos" on the long running CBS soap opera Guiding Light by her long-time friend and GL casting director Glenn Daniels. The two have been friends since 1981 when they met on the set of a movie Glenn was working on.
As a child, Saundra collected Barbie dolls. She says she had a "rather large" collection.
Saundra starred as "Eva Peron" in the national tour of Evita.
Before she decided to go into acting, Saundra wanted to become a special education teacher.
Saundra is Cuban on her father's side and Puerto Rican on her mother's side. She says she is very proud of her heritage.
Saundra's theater credits include:
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold
- A View From the Bridge
Saundra had her Shih Tzu, Prince, for more than 17 years before the dog had to be put to sleep in 2000.
On November 21, 1999, Saundra married Roger Squitero.
Saundra has been nominated for 2 ALMA Awards (2000, 2002). She has won 1 ALMA Award (2001). All were in the catgory of "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama" for her role on Guiding Light.
While starring in Miami Vice, Saundra filed a public service announcement about substance abuse for NBC's The More You Know campaign.
Saundra: I've never considered myself an ethnic actress; I can be anything I want, though because of my looks I'm not going to get to play a Danish woman.
Saundra: I do feel a responsibility as a Latina to work and to let people know that we're a group to contend with. America is going to have to face up to the fact that we're out there in huge numbers. We come in all sizes and shapes and colors, and you can't pigeonhole us. We're not all fiery.
Saundra: I'd like to think that even after all these years of being in the business, and having survived, that the nice girl still exists.
Saundra: (on playing "Guiding Light's" Carmen) I like the idea of being the boss, though I am getting some flak from people because they think she's a negative stereotype of Latinos. I just think of her as a pure villainess.
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