Meet American film producer Ann Serrano, George Lopez’ ex-wife who gave him a kidney

Born 18 December 1960, in Hartford, Connecticut USA, film producer Ann Serrano is also an American writer and actress who featured in projects like “The Wonderful World of Disney”, “Arrested Development”, and the documentary “George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano”. However, she is known as the ex-wife of comedian and talk show host George Lopez more than anything else.

While she was fairly famous for her modest acting career and being the wife of a famous personality, Ann’s sacrificial act of love towards her ex-husband has been the most endearing thing about her. She gave George Lopez a new lease on life when she donated one of her kidneys to him. A selfless act that not only kept the people’s fav alive but engraved Ann’s name in the sands of time.

Fame is easy. Maybe not so easy, but it isn’t the hardest thing to attain. Making an impact, on the other hand, takes more doing. 60-year-old Ann Serrano has been through a lot of things in her life, but it is her selfless act that will remain in the hearts of all and sundry long after she’s gone. A rather unpleasant twist in the story is that Ann and George Lopez’s marriage didn’t stand the test of time.

Please keep reading to learn more about her life, her marriage to George Lopez and her career. For starters, here are ten facts about Ann Serrano.

10 interesting Ann Serrano facts

  1. Ann Marie Serrano is the daughter of medical doctors Julio and Norda Serrano, immigrants who came to the United States from Cuba.
  2. Ann was married to George Lopez for 17 years before finally getting a divorce in 2011. At the time of their divorce, they had a daughter who was 16 years old.
  3. The Lopez family (including Ann and their daughter) was fully a showbiz family. All of Ann, her ex-husband, and her daughter Mayan Lopez were actors.
  4. Both Ann and her comedian ex-husband have stayed away from any public relationships since they got divorced, and they are both still unmarried.
  5. In 2008, Serrano’s mother lost a kidney just the same way her husband did. At the time, her mother was 76 years old, and all her symptoms were thought to result from old age.
  6. Following Lopez’ illness, he and Ann started a campaign. During their campaigns, they advised people to live healthy lives by exercising and avoiding some kind of drugs that have not been tested, in addition to taking a lot of water.
  7. George Lopez’s kidneys failed due to the genetic condition, and Ann donated one of her kidneys, ultimately saving his life.
  8. After Ann’s husband got better, she became the national spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation.
  9. Ann is also a co-founder of the charitable organization, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon CARE Foundation, in memory of Senator Alarcon’s deceased son.
  10. Ann’s net worth, as reported by several sources, is upwards of $20 million. It is unclear what the exact amount is, but she has a handsome amount of money from the divorce settlement from her ex-husband.

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Early life and family

Ann Marie Serrano was born on December 18, 1960, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Dr Julio Robert Serrano and Dr Norda Rozan Serrano. Ann, her parents, her brother Robert Serrano, and her sister Norda Winkler lived in Connecticut, Ohio, and then Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Her father had a private practice as an occupational medical specialist and family physician. He was the official physician of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s employees and a consulting physician for various companies, including the aerospace program at Cape Canaveral. Ann’s mother was Cuban by birth. She moved to the US after graduating from the University of Havana School of Medicine. She was an anesthesiologist affiliated with hospitals in the cities the family lived in.

Ann’s sister, Norda Winkler, lived in Hong Kong for some time. She was a suspect in the hacking death of her Chinese husband in 1990 and was committed to a mental institution in the US in 2005.

Both Ann’s parents are no more. Dr Julio passed away in a tragic traffic accident in 1987, while Dr Norda passed away in 2010.

George Lopez and Ann Serrano
George Lopez and Ann Serrano


Ann started her career serving as the Chief Digital Officer at the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). In 1997, she launched the CFC Media Lab, an interactive storytelling institute, and thanks to her accomplishments, she has received numerous awards in the US and Canada. She also worked as a professor at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she was an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Her foray into film started when she started serving as the President of her ex-husband’s film and television production company, George Lopez Presents. She wrote an episode for the TV show “George Lopez” in 2003. Soon afterwards, she made her debut appearance as an actress in the role of Anna in the TV series “Life With Bonnie”.

The following year, Ann produced an episode of the TV series “The Wonderful World Of Disney” and also served as executive producer of the TV special documentary film, “George Lopez: America’s Mexican”. In 2009, she produced the film “Mr. Troop Mom” and the documentary “George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano”; both projects enjoyed considerable commercial success.

Recently, she executive produced the 2018 short film “Autumn” and the 2019 documentary “Carlos In Wonderland”.

Acting career

Ann has three acting credits: she made her debut appearance in 2003 with her portrayal of Anna in the episode “Food for Thought” of the comedy series “Life with Bonnie”, created by Bonnie Hunt.

In 2009, she portrayed Norm’s Daughter in the episode “The Black Swan” of the critically acclaimed comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, created by Larry David.

Ann from Arrested Development

Apart from the two earlier roles, Ann’s only other acting role has been in the 2013 episode “Smashed” of the comedy series “Arrested Development”, created by Mitchell Hurwitz. The show follows the Bluths, a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family who loses everything after the head patriarch is convicted for fraud. Now Michael, the only sane one in the family, must maintain peace at home.

Personal life

Ann’s 17 years marriage to George Lopez became a sensation and news item for a few reasons during their time together. The major one’s George’s near-death experience with kidney failure and Ann’s donation of a kidney. Their unexpected divorce was the other. Keep reading to know more.

As George Lopez wife

Born 23 April 1961, George Lopez is an American comedian and actor. He is known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom, and his stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic relations, including Mexican American culture. Lopez has received several honours for his work and contributions to the Latino community. He was also named one of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time magazine in 2005.

Ann met George Lopez in May 1989 when he was performing at a comedy club, and rumour has it she made a move and asked him out on a date. She was working as a casting director at the time, and it’s believed she helped George launch his career. On 18 September 1993, they exchanged vows in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. Three years later, they welcomed their daughter, Mayan Lopez.

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George Lopez, daughter and Ann Serrano

Allegedly George wasn’t an ideal husband or father, as he came home late every night and was often drunk. Ann eventually decided to kick him out of the house, but he promised to turn a new leaf. They reconciled and gave it another shot.

In April 2004, George’s health deteriorated severely, and he found himself in need of a kidney. Tests revealed Ann was a perfect match and could donate one of hers to him. They both underwent surgery on 19 April 2005, and the transplantation was successful.

George Lopez divorce

It was a shock to everyone when the two separated in early 2010, and Ann filed for divorce in the same year. She asked for sole custody over their daughter, while George changed the name of their foundation Ann and George Lopez Foundation to just George Lopez Foundation. It took half a year for the divorce to be finalised, while the division of their assets took another year.

Ann was entitled to fifty per cent of GLO’s American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) retirement fund from the agreement. According to Fox News, she was to get the 50-50 share of the fund that the star deposited from 1993-2010, covering their marriage length.

As far as the public knows, neither George nor Ann has been romantically involved with anyone else since they parted ways a decade ago.

George Lopez net worth

According to Celebrity Networth, George Lopez currently has a staggering net worth of $45 million. Asides from other sources of income, he earned $12 million for every season of the George Lopez Show.

George Lopez death

There have been several rumours about George Lopez death but the comedian is still alive and active. He voiced Pablo the Parrot in 2020 “Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!”

Ann Serrano net worth

As earlier mentioned, there is no specific number to Ann’s net worth, but she is worth nothing less than $20 million. Her successful run as a producer and writer has built her wealth, in addition to the divorce settlement.


Ann has had an eventful life thus far. Both career and relationship-wise. She has loved and made one of the greatest sacrifices for it. She has also excelled in her chosen field of endeavour and can truly be called an achiever. Who knows, maybe her best years aren’t even here yet.

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