Future Hispanic History Month: Dascha Polanco's Bold Ascension

Future Hispanic History Month: Dascha Polanco's Bold Ascension

We're celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with Future Hispanic History Month, highlighting rising stars who are creating history before our very eyes. Today we honor Dascha Polanco, the 33-year-old Orange Is the New Black actress who shines bright among one of the best casts on television.

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Polanco attended Hunter College to receive a bachelor's degree in psychology before diving all the way into acting. Now the mother of three has done movies by Tom McCarthy (The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler) and David O. Russell (Joy, as Jennifer Lawrence's BFF) and been part of Orange Is the New Black's two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

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