Published on August 15, 2011 by Carol
Ara Celi (born May 31, 1974) is an American actress active in American film and television. She had a starring role in the minor 1997 dance movie Looking for Lola, but she is probably best known for her role as Ampata Gutierrez aka “Inca Mummy Girl” from season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Celi, a Mexican-American, was born Araceli Valdez in El Paso, Texas, one of six children. She attended J. M. Hanks High School, graduating in 1992. While at Hanks, she appeared in student productions of Splendor in the Grass, Crimes of the Heart, and The Wiz. She later attended the University of Texas at El Paso. While there, she entered and won the GuyRex Mrs. Texas Pageant (1994), later becoming a semifinalist in The GuyRex Miss World USA pageant (also 1994)
Name: Araceli Valdez
Birthday: May 31, 1974
Birth place: El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Ethnicity: Mexican, Native American