She's A Big Deal

Lianna Grethel co-host of Alarma TV and Channel 62 Daily News also Deal or No Deal Model #22

Published on LatinoLA: June 22, 2009

She's A Big Deal

After taking the Latin entertainment world by storm, Lianna Grethel has crossed over into the American market, locating to the US and starring as a Deal or No Deal Model (#22) on NBC's hit game show. Not leaving her Latin roots behind, Lianna simultaneously co-hosts Alarma TV and Channel 62 Daily News, both Lieberman Broadcasting Productions. She has undoubtedly proved herself as an actress, model, and host.

Lianna was born in Hartford, CT but soon moved to Cali, Colombia. It comes as no surprise that Lianna entered the entertainment world; her mother, Consuelo Portuondo, was one of the most successful Colombian models of her time. Her grandfather Enrique Portuondo was a well-known director and television host in Havana, Cuba. Throughout her childhood, Lianna participated in every theatrical and musical production she came across. But it wasn't until she was 16 years old that she had her first national television ad campaign. Throughout her teenage years she continued in runway shows, photography modeling, and television.

After being trained in scenic interpretation and diction with world-renowned teacher Silvia Muscovich, El Museo de Bellas Artes in Cali, and The Maria Sanford School of Dance, various opportunities were presented to Lianna.

She acted in La Mujer Doble, Maria Bonita and Mascarada, all hit Latin American telenovelas. Additionally, she starred as one of the beautiful models in the popular Latin American variety show Sabado Gigante. After gaining fame from that Lianna began reporting for Control where she interviewed big names in entertainment and traveled around the world. The show was named number one among young people during that time.

After moving from Miami to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting and modeling career, Lianna was signed to the prestigious WilliamMorrisAgency. She became the image for renowned brands, JC Penny, McDonalds, Cingular, Radio Shack, and others. She soon became the voice of McDonalds, Coca Cola, Jack in the Box, and Burger King.

Lianna is proud of the level of success she has reached today. Furthermore, she is honored for being chosen as a Deal or No Deal model among more than 2,000 models from around the world. She is the only Colombian model on the show. She hopes to continue breaking into the American entertainment world. Recently, she has become involved with charities and enjoys speaking and educating about the on-going political issues in her Colombia.

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