1. Rita Moreno • Sister Peter Marie Reimondo • Oz (1997-2003)
The amazing Rita Moreno infuses Sister Peter Marie Reimondo’s tough-as-nails prison drug counselor with a core of deep empathy. She holds her own in uncomfortably close quarters with the convicts of Oz—all the while, tracking her husband’s killer.

2. Shelley Morrison • Rosario Salazar • Will & Grace (1998-2006)
Will & Grace made great television strides for the LGBT community and slightly smaller steps for Latinas. Shelley Morrison—as wealthy Karen’s maid Rosario—not only traded witty barbs with her employer, she knew her worth and asserted herself with sardonic charm.