Minnie Miñoso a first Latin woman to win Emmy

Written by By Michelle McManus, CNN

Minnie Miñoso, the first Latin woman to win an Emmy, the most prestigious TV awards in the industry, has been nominated again for the Hall of Fame for excellence in television.

Miñoso was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series Writing for the pilot episode of “Don’t Breathe” (2016) which was directed by Fede Alvarez, also the film’s creator.

The Chilean-Canadian writer and director told CNN she was excited to be nominated in this year’s class, despite not being a household name: “I know I’m not a household name, but I’m very proud that I wrote a script that was recognized, and I think that if I’m not nominated, it means I’m going to be excluded for a long time. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”

“I don’t want to see how I did it again. I’m not someone who thrives with fame or winning awards,” she said in an interview at The Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

She has also written or co-written episodes of “Ellen,” “As Good As It Gets,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “In Treatment,” “Arrested Development,” “CSI: Miami,” “Sideways,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “The X-Files,” “The Shield,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “CSI: Miami,” “24,” “Devious Maids,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Elementary,” “Lost Girl,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Parks and Recreation,” “House, MD,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mannix,” “Boston Legal,” “Revenge,” “Homeland,” “The Following,” “House of Cards,” “In Treatment,” “Mad Men,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Scandal,” “Portrait of a Killer,” “Mr. Robot,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Liev Schreiber.”

After graduating from Brown University with a BA in English, Miñoso’s work quickly became recognized for its variety and excellence: From “Don’t Breathe” to “Eli Stone,” from “Almost Famous” to “Growing Up Fisher,” Miñoso’s scripts have included roles for Maria Bello, Michael C. Hall, Adrien Brody, Eric McCormack, Jim Belushi, Maria Bello, Mark Feuerstein, Anne Heche, Tony Shalhoub, Andy Garcia, Jeff Daniels, Marlo Thomas, Michael Douglas, Gabriel Byrne, Rita Moreno, Ellen Burstyn, Edie Falco, Maria Bello, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Mike Colter, Colin Hanks, Erika Christensen, and Laura Linney.

The selection of Miñoso was made by the Television Academy, which comprises over 8,000 members from the field of motion picture, television, and new media.

Miñoso started working in TV at the age of 17, playing the 16-year-old sister in an ABC Family TV movie entitled “Stiletto,” directed by Max Winkler (who is married to actress Sarah Silverman).

“It was huge for me because at that point I was already a few years into the business,” she told CNN.

The world she wanted to create is based on a book she wrote, called “Soldier Girl: A Memoir of Modern Marriage,” before the story of her childhood was conceived, and it centered on a Mexican-American woman living in Vancouver. The book has been translated into 20 languages and became a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller.

Miñoso is the author of eight books, the last being “Don’t Breathe 2: This Time It’s Personal.”

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