Olga Merediz - Updated Jul 2024

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Guantanamo, Cuba
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Guantanamo, Cuba

Olga Merediz

Olga Merediz is a popular actress and singer from the United States. Olga Merediz is well-known for the role of Abuela Claudia in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “In the Heights,” for which she received a 2008 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early Life

Olga Merediz came to the world on the 15th of February 1956, in Guantánamo, Cuba. She holds dual nationality of American-Cuban and is 68 years old as of 2024. In addition, she has the zodiac sign of Aquarius and believes in Christianity. Similarly, she belongs to the Cuban ethnicity.

When she was five years old, she and her family left Cuba and went to live in Miami, Florida, United States. Coming to her family information, there is not much information available regarding her parents’ names and their professions.

Similarly, it is unknown whether Merediz has any siblings or not. Looking at her career success, it seems her parents were very supportive of her profession. When she grew up, she and her parent relocated to Puerto Rico.


Talking about her academic career, she completed her early education at a local high school in the United States. Later, she completed her graduation with a bachelor’s degree from Newcomb College, the former female counterpart to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Career


Moving towards her professional career, Olga Merediz made her film debut in 1984’s “The Brother from Another Planet” portraying the role of Noreen’s Client.

Afterward, she appeared in several movies such as “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988) as Milagros Townsperson, “Q&A” (1990) as Mrs. Valentin, “City of Hope” (1991) as Nidia, “Boomerang” (1992) as Guard, “Angie” (1994) as Chairwoman, “Marvin’s Room” (1996) as Beauty Shop Lady.

Similarly, her other movie credits are  Music of the Heart (1999), K-Pax (2001), Remember Me (2010), Custody (2016), Humor Me (2017), and the reprise of her 2008 Tony Award-nominated Broadway role as Abuela Claudia, in the film adaptation In the Heights (2021).

She also portrayed Alma Madrigal in Encanto (2021). Moreover, she has been currently working on the upcoming movie, Somebody I Used to Know.


Moreover, she has also appeared in several television programs and shows. Firstly, she made her television debut in the 1985 American sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’ portraying the role of Mrs. Rodriguez.

Her other television credits include recurring and guest roles in Diary of a Future President, New Amsterdam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Orange Is the New Black, and Madam Secretary.

In addition, this actress has been a series regular in the UK television series Bounty Hunters and the comedy Saint George, has appeared in episodes of both Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and appeared herself as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Recently, this actress was seen in the 2022 Netflix series ‘Blockbuster’ as Connie Serrano.

Theater and Stage

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Caption: Olga Merediz playing the role of Abuela Claudia in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical; In the Heights (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

In the Heights, Merediz’s Broadway credits include Reckless at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Man of La Mancha, and Les Misérables. This actress also appeared as Rosie in Mamma Mia!

Before they went to Broadway, she appeared in the Off-Broadway versions of In the Heights, and The Human Comedy. This actress’s other off-Broadway credits include Women without Men, The Haggadah, Lullabye and Goodnight, and The Blessing. In addition, she was directed by John Cassavetes in a play called Thornhill.

Voice-over credits

She has lent her voice to the PBS Nature documentaries: Bears, Hotel Armadillo, Jungle Animal Hospital, Nature’s Miracle Orphans, and Cuba: The Accidental Eden.

Moreover, she has voiced in several TV/radio commercials, including Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Elena of Avalor, and Encanto. Similarly, she has worked as a spokesperson for the MTA, New York City Transit Authority.


In 2007, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for her role in the off-Broadway run of In the Heights, as well as a 2003 HOLA Tespis Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

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Caption: Olga Merediz receiving the award (Source: Instagram)

At the 2008 Tony Awards, this actress received a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the Broadway incarnation of In the Heights. Latina magazine named Merediz as one of the 50 Best Latin Singers and Pop Stars of All Time in the year 2013.

Olga Merediz – Net Worth 2024

As a stage, television, film, and voice actress, Merediz has earned a huge sum of money throughout her career. As of 2022, her net worth is estimated at around $3 million, and her salary and earnings are still under review.

She earned such an amount of money through her career as a stage, television, film, and voice actress.

Relationship Status

Currently, this American citizen has not disclosed her relationship status in public. Moreover, Olga Merediz has not yet posted or talked about her relationship in public. There are no details when it comes to her present or past love life at the moment.

Talking about relationship status, Olga Merediz seems to be single and unmarried. And, she is totally focused on her career right at the moment.

Olga Merediz – Body Measurements

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Caption: Olga posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Coming towards her body stats, she stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 70 kg. Moreover, she has brown hair color with black eyes color, and her body measurement measures 36-30-36 inches. Similarly, she wears a shoe size of 8 US and a dress size of 8 US.

Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@officialolgamerediz’ there are over 19.5k followers. Similarly, there are more than 6.7k followers on her Twitter page ‘@TheOlgaMerediz’ and over 1.9k followers on her Facebook page.