Jossara Jinaro

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Jossara Jinaro

Jossara Jinaro

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Jossara Jinaro

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: May 25, 1973
Date of Passing: April 27, 2022
Birthplace: Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Jossara Jinaro was a Brazilian-born actress and producer.

Her on-screen career began with an appearance in the 1998 TV crime drama Reyes y Rey. She had a recurring role as Courtney Messina, the daughter of Cheech Marin's Ignacio Messina on Judging Amy.

The actress also made a guest appearance on NBC's hit medical drama ER, on Smith and as Detective Rios in TNT's The Closer before getting a series regular role as Virginia Bustos on the Telemundo comedy ¡Viva Vegas!.

Jossara Jinaro was a Brazilian-born actress and producer.

Her on-screen career began with an appearance in the 1998 TV crime drama Reyes y Rey. She had a recurring role as Courtney Messina, the daughter of Cheech Marin's Ignacio Messina on Judging Amy.

The actress also made a guest appearance on NBC's hit medical drama ER, on Smith and as Detective Rios in TNT's The Closer before getting a series regular role as Virginia Bustos on the Telemundo comedy ¡Viva Vegas!.

She starred in the daytime soap Passions between 2002 and 2007 as Rae, a club owner who falls in love with one of daytime's first LGBTQ characters, Black lesbian Simone Russell.

For her work in the role, Jinaro was nominated for a 2006 GLAAD award. In 2013, she appeared in Hulu's Emmy-nominated drama East Los High, which followed Latino teens growing up in East Los Angeles. Jinaro had a multi-episode arc the series as Reina, a sex worker with an alcohol addiction, who attempts to save her relationship with her daughter.

Other notable TV work includes roles on Strong Medicine, Doctor Who: Alternate Empire, Without a Trace, The Young and the Restless, and Animal Kingdom.

Jinaro died April 27, 2022. She was 48.

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