Daphne Eurydice Zuniga was born on the 28th October 1962, in San Francisco, California USA, unusually of mixed Guatemalan, Polish and Finnish ancestry. She is an actress, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Princess Vespa in the comic sci-fi film “Spaceballs” (1987), playing Jo Reynolds in the Fox primetime soap opera “Melrose Place” (1992-1996) and featuring as Victoria Davis in The CW drama series “One Tree Hill” (2008-2012). She is also known as an environmentalist.
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Early Life and Family
Concerning her early life, Daphne Zuniga spent her childhood in San Francisco, California, where she was raised by her father, Joaquin Alberto Zuniga Mazariegos, an emeritus professor of philosophy at California State University, East Bay, and her mother, Agnes A. Zuniga, a Unitarian minister. She has two sisters, Rosario Zuniga and Jennifer Zuniga who is also an actress.
Regarding her education, Daphne became interested in acting very early, so she went to the Young Conservatory program at the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco. Following her parents’ divorce, she moved with her mother to Reading, Vermont, where she attended Woodstock Union High School, but upon matriculation in 1980, Daphne returned to California to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), from which she graduated with a degree in Theater Arts in 1982. As a student, she shared her room with future Hollywood actress Meg Ryan.
Right after graduation, Daphne began pursuing her career as a professional actress by making her debut film appearance in the role of Debbie in John Carpenter’s horror film “The Dorm That Dripped Blood” (1982). In the next year she featured as Kim Maida in the CBS drama “Quarterback Princess”, which was followed by guest-starring as Rachel Miller in two episodes of the NBC sitcom “Family Ties” in 1984, and the same year won the lead role of Kelly Fairchild in the slasher film “The Initiation”, directed by Larry Stewart, which marked the beginning of her successful career and establishment of her net worth.
In 1985, she starred as Alison Bradbury in Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy “The Sure Thing”, played Margie Epstein in the drama “Vision Quest” and landed the role of Carrie Lang in the CBS drama “Stone Pillow”. Daphne also featured as Margo in the 1986 comedy “Modern Girls”, next to Virginia Madsen and Cynthia Gibb.
The Late 1980s and Rise to Prominence
Daphne came to prominence in 1987, when she was chosen to play Princess Vespa, daughter of Roland, King of the Druids, in Mel Brooks’ cult comic sci-fi film entitled “Spaceballs”, starring alongside Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis and John Candy, which added a considerable amount to her net worth. Afterwards, she appeared as Angela in the 1988 thriller “Last Rites”, which was followed by her portrayal of Beth Logan in the blockbuster horror sequel “The Fly II” (1989). By the end of the decade, she was also cast as Beverly Young in the drama-comedy “Staying Together”, played Laurie Rorbach in the drama “Gross Anatomy” and then guest-starred as Irene Marlowe in an episode of the Showtime horror series “Nightmare Classics”, all in 1989.
“Melrose Place” and Other Projects
Daphne’s next major role came in 1992, when she was selected to portray Jo Reynolds in the Fox primetime soap opera “Melrose Place”, which lasted until 1996, starring in more than 110 episodes and increasing her net worth by a large margin. Concurrently she played Young Mrs. Miller in Martin Donovan’s western horror “Mad At The Moon”, featured as Patricia/Elizabeth Burrows in the action thriller “Prey Of The Chameleon”, both in 1992, and then landed the role of Minha in the 1993 action adventure “Eight Hundred Leagues Down The Amazon”. Afterwards, Daphne was cast as Chantal in the drama “Cityscrapes: Los Angeles” (1994) and Teresa ‘Terri’ Peralta in the TV drama “Degree Of Guilt” (1995), next to Patricia Kalember and David James Elliott.
The Late 1990s
When the filming of “Melrose Place” ended in 1996, Daphne guest-starred as Dr. Roni Sanders in the NBC mini-series “Pandora’s Clock”, which was followed by her portrayals of Shirley -Greta Garbo’s Stand-in in the drama “Stand-ins” – and Rini in the drama-romance “Naked In The Cold Sun”, both in 1997, and she was then cast as Claire Hainey in the TV film “Loss Of Faith”. In 2000, she landed the roles of Karen Wettering in the thriller “Artificial Lies” and Judy in Joey Travolta’s romantic comedy “Enemies Of Laughter”. Beside that, she also guest-starred in such TV series as “Johnny Bravo”, “Dead Man’s Gun”, “Spin City” and “Batman Beyond”, among many others.
The Early 2000s
In the very beginning of the 2000s, Daphne was less active, until landing the role of Amanda Morton in the TV action “Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail” in 2003, after which she guest-starred as Emma Dishell in an episode of the NBC police procedural crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and as Mrs. King in the UPN sitcom “Eve”, the same year.
In the following year, she was chosen to play Shelly Pierce in the NBC drama series “American Dreams” (2004-2005), and then starred in the role of Jill Thompson in the TV drama-mystery “Secret Lives” (2005), which was followed by her portrayal of Lynn Kerr in the ABC Family drama series “Beautiful People” (2005-2006). In 2006, Daphne was cast as Tina in the comedy “A-List”, played Deborah Matthews in the TV thriller “The Obsession”, and portrayed Jill in the ABC Family comedy “Christmas Do-Over”, increasing further her net worth.
The Late 2000s and “One Tree Hill”
Daphne’s next significant role came in 2008, when she won the role of Victoria Davis in The CW drama series “One Tree Hill” which lasted until 2012. During the same year, she portrayed Laura French in the TV series “Novel Adventures” and between 2008 and 2009, she did the voice over of Princess Vespa in “Spaceballs: The Animated Series”. By the end of the 2000s, Daphne had also appeared in such film titles as the Hallmark Channel western “Mail Order Bride” (2008) playing Diana McQueen, and the comedy “Seducing Charlie Barker” (2010) featuring as Stella, among many others. Beside that, she also reprised her role in “Melrose Place” in 2009 and 2010.
The Early 2010s
After “One Tree Hill”, Daphne continued to line up successes; her next major role came in 2012, when she starred as Christina Riley in the family film “Changing Hearts”, followed by her portrayals of Rene in Tara Miele’s crime drama “Gone Missing” and Andrea Shmeckle in the Hallmark Channel romantic comedy “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, both in 2013. In the next year, Daphne was cast as Olive in the family film “Monkey In The Middle”, after which she landed the role of Sophie in the 2015 musical “Summer Forever”, directed by Roman White. All of these roles contributed considerably to her net worth.
To speak further about her acting career, Daphne was busy in 2016 and 2017, appearing in several significant roles, including Alison in the drama “Who’s Driving Doug”, Tracy in the romantic musical “A Remarkable Life”, Michelle Andrews in another musical entitled “Heartbeats”, and Shelly in Maria Finitzo’s drama “Those Left Behind”, etc. Most recently, she played Elana in the drama-romance “Beyond Paradise”, featured as Sam in the thriller “Witness Unprotected”, appeared as Anne in the romance “Abigail Falls” and portrayed Blair Covington in another romance entitled “A Christmas Arrangement”, all in 2018. So, her net worth is certainly still rising.
Daphne Zuniga Net Worth
Her career started in 1982 and she has been an active member of the entertainment industry ever since. So, if you ever wondered how rich Daphne Zuniga is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through her successful career as a professional actress.
Daphne is also known as an environmental activist, who has supported various organizations such as Environment California, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Waterkeeper Alliance. She was named to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2009, and she participated in establishing the Earth Communications Office (ECO). In addition, she created the documentary film of the TED Conference – “The Future We Will Create”.
In 2004, Daphne almost lost her life through suffering from mercury poisoning, caused by the over-consumption of fish. Her diet included eating fish four times a week, but at one point after eating sushi four times, she felt such symptoms as headaches, depression, weak memory, and developed skin rashes, so she was taken to the emergency room. After six months of recovery, she decided to stop consuming fish, and started collaborating with the Turtle Island Restoration Network, an environmental organization which informs the public about the dangers of mercury in fish.
Personal Life and Spare Time
Talking about her personal life, Daphne dated actor Jason Gedrick in 1986, and two years later dated another actor, Emilio Estevez. However, she tends to keep her private life far away from the eye of the public, so there is no information as to whether she is currently dating, but it’s known that she has never married.
In her spare time, Daphne enjoys practicing meditation, and is known as a big supporter of Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Beside that, she also enjoys riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Speaking about her appearance and physical attributes, Daphne Zuniga is apparently still a beautiful woman at the age of 56. She has a long dark brown hair and light blue colored eyes. Her body shape can be described as hourglass. She stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and her weight is reputed to be around 120lbs (54kgs), while her vital statistics are 36-27-34.
Social Media Presence
In addition to her involvement in the entertainment industry, Daphne Zuniga is an active member across many of the most popular social media sites, which she uses not only to promote her upcoming projects, but also to share various other content from her private life. She has an Instagram account on which she has more than 51,000 followers, as well as an official Twitter account, having almost 55,000 followers. Moreover, she also has her own website, on which you can find more information about her activities.