Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio, and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she studied extensively under renowned acting instructor JoAnna Beckson. After getting her break as "Rosa Santos" on the daytime drama All My Children (1970), De La Garza moved to Los Angeles. A slew of guest spots followed. One of the most recognizable was her role as a con artist on the hit show Las Vegas (2003), followed by a series lead on the WB's The Mountain (2004). She later completed the romantic comedy Mr. Fix It (2006), opposite David Boreanaz, and guested on CSI: Miami (2002), before joining the cast of Law & Order (1990) in June 2006.