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Cote de Pablo

María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Cote de Pablo (born November 12, 1979), is a Chilean-born American stage and TV actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Ziva David in the CBS television series NCIS, for which she has won an ALMA Award. She has also embarked on a career as a songwriter and vocalist. De Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, to an upper-class Catholic family. She has a younger sister, Andrea, and a brother who works as a DJ. When de Pablo was 10 years old, her mother, María Olga Fernández, received a job in Miami, Florida, at a Spanish-speaking television network. There, de Pablo attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts where she studied musical theater. In the 5th grade, she found many people could not properly pronounce her first name of "Maria José" so she asked them to call her Coté (a common Chilean nickname for María José). She then attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studied music and theater and appeared in several plays, including And the World Goes 'Round, The House of Bernarda Alba, Indiscretions, The Fantasticks, and A Little Night Music. She graduated in 2000.

'NCIS' Star Is Winnie Cooper?

'NCIS' Star Is Winnie Cooper?

Here's "NCIS" star Cote de Pablo in Monte Carlo on Thursday (left) -- and Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" aka Danica McKellar at an event last year (right).Neither wound up with Kevin… READ MORE >

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