Sadly, the talented Melina Kanakaredes has just announced that she is leaving CSI: NY after six seasons. As Det. Stella Bonasera, Kanakaredes added both brains and beauty to the second spin-off series from the long-running CSI franchise.
Her other major television credits include NYPD Blue (in a recurring role as reporter Benita Alden during that shows second season) and Providence (which ran for five seasons between 1999 and 2002).
On the big screen she has appeared in The Long Kiss Goodnight, 15 Minutes and she played the role of the Greek goddess Athena in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I love the Greeks, particularly the ladies and at forty-three, Melina puts many younger gals to shame. Now if only, I could find one like this to bring home to mama?