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Melina: From Providence To NYC

Melina Kanadaredes has taken on New York in her new role as a forensics investigator Stella Bonasera in "CSI: New York."

On The Early Show Tuesday, she explains why "CSI: New York" is going to be a very different show from "CSI: Miami" and the original show, "CSI."

She also gives her reaction to playing a tough New Yorker after her successful run in the family-drama hit series "Providence."

Some Facts About Melina Kanadaredes

  • Kanakaredes (pronounced Ka-na-KA-ree-deez) is second-generation Greek, and speaks the language fluently.
  • She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, the youngest of three sisters.
  • Her retired father was an insurance salesman, her mother a homemaker.
  • She made her acting debut at the age of 8 in a community theater production of "Tom Sawyer."
  • In high school, she helped out at an all-boys Jesuit school by taking on the female parts for their stage productions.
  • She starred for five seasons as Dr. Sydney Hansen on "Providence."
  • In 2003, Melina gave birth to her second child, took to the stage as Sally Bowles in the Broadway play "Cabaret" and shot the independent film "Into the Fire."

  • She has appeared in the films "15 Minutes," "Rounders," "Dangerous Beauty" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight."
  • Other television credits include "NYPD Blue," "New York New", "Leaving L.A.," "The Practice," "Oz," and "The Guiding Light."
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