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Ivonne received her primary and secondary education in her hometown. She was an honor student and graduated from "Nuestra Señora del Pilar" school. Ivonne enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico (Universidad de Puerto Rico) where she studied Social Sciences.
Ivonne Coll started her career as a fashion model. In 1966, she represented the town of Fajardo in the Miss Puerto Rico pageant and won. In 1967, she represented the island as "Miss Puerto Rico" in the "Miss Universe" pageant which was celebrated in Miami, Florida.
In 1969, Ivonne was a back-up singer for Lucecita Benitez when Benitez won the first prize in the "First Latin Song Festival of the World" which took place in Mexico. She also served as back-up for Chucho Avellanet, a popular teen idol in Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1971, Ivonne debuted as an actress in a local soap opera (telenovela), called "El Sirviente" (The Servant). In the same year she also debuted as a solo singer in the "Club Puertas" located in "Old" San Juan.
At the end of 1971, the owner of televison channel 11 in Puerto Rico, Mr. Rafael Perez Perry took notice of Ivonne's talent. Channel 11's competitor had a show with a young starlet by the name of Iris Chacon. Mr. Perry believed that Ivonne could have a show of her own that would be able to compete with the other channels and with Chacon's show. Therefore, he sponsored the show which was called "Yo Soy Ivonne Coll" (I am Ivonne Coll) and which ran from 1971 to 1975.
In 1976, Ivonne moved to Los Angeles, California, where she took dance and singing classes in the Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts. She landed a part in a theater play called "Burning Beach", which was presented in the American Place Theater.
In 1979, Ivonne moved to New York, where she participated in various Off Broadway productions such as "Spain 1980", "As You Like It", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth". It was in New York that movie director Francis Ford Coppola recruited her for the role of "Yolanda", a Havana night club singer in the movie The Godfather II. Even though her role was a small one, the experience gained would serve her well in the future. She was credited as "Yvonne Coll".
Ivonne also participated in the following productions: "Orinoco", "The Masses are Asses", "Medio Comuñas", "Goodbye Castro", and "Pancho Diablo" with Fernando Allende and Sully Diaz. She won an A.C.E. Award for best actress for "Orinoco". When Ivonne wasn't acting, she was taking classes. She attended the H.B. Studios and the The Lee Strasberg Acting Studio.
Among the television appearances which she made in the U.S. were "Pacific Blue", "Crisis Center ", "An American Family", "The Bold and the Beautiful", "Chicago Hope", "Malibu Shores ", "NYPD Blue", "L.A. Law", and "Under Cover ".
When Ivonne returned to Puerto Rico, she was invited to participate in the following productions: "La verdadera historia de Pedro Navaja " and "Paper Flowers". She also landed a part in the movie "La gran Fiesta" (The Grand Party) and in the T.V. show "Cuqui". In 2002 she was in the movie "Besos de Fuego".
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