- Sam Groskopf
Vivian Velez is an award-winning actress in the Philippines. She was known as the "Ms. Body Beautiful" of Philippine movies in the 1970s. She won the Film Academy of the Philippines FAP Award for Best Actress in Pieta (1983) and FAMAS Award for Best Actress in Paradise Inn (1985).
She performed her own stunts in Ang Babaing Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (1981), directed by Carlo J. Caparas. In 1983, she appeared in Pieta with Ace Vergel and Charito Solis. In 1985, she finished four movies: Paradise Inn with Michael de Mesa, Ben Tumbling with Lito Lapid,Order To Kill with the former President Joseph Estrada, and Riot 1950 with Rudy Fernandez.
Her notable film Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (1981) has been remade as a GMA-7 TV series starring Marian Rivera. She was included in the TV series Imortal, starring John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin, shown on ABS-CBN (2010-2011).
Velez has appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows.
Velez has two sons with her former Israeli husband. She is married to Sam Groskopf, a Canadian-German.