By Leonard Rodriguez

This column highlights inspiring stories of Latino leaders. For more than 500 years, Latino men and women have positively influenced the face of United States society. Let us celebrate these outstanding hispanics.

Trini Alvarado

A latina actress who refuses to put limits on the characters she plays, Trini Alvarado was born for a hollywood career. The daughter of Spanish Flamenco singer Domingo Alvarado, she began per- forming at age with her parent’s dance troupe. With an unmistakable beauty that has been compared to actress Andie McDowell, Alvarado has eluded the Latina stereotype. She starred as Diane Keaton’s daughter in “Mrs.Soffel,” Bette Midler’s daughter in “Stella,” and John Goodman’s wife in “The Babe,” before bringing down the house for her role as oldest sister Meg in “Little Women.” Movie critic Christopher Null wrote of her: “If I were a studio exec, I’d be throwing lots of money at her right now, because this girl is going to be a star.”