Lupe Ontiveros

Active - 1977 - 2012  |   Born - Sep 17, 1942 in El Paso, Texas, United States  |   Died - Jul 26, 2012 in Whittier, CA  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama

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  • In the early 1970s, after completing college, moved to California and became a Los Angeles County social worker.
  • Took drama class in 1973 at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. After she won an acting competition held by the school, decided to pursue a career in acting.  
  • Made first TV appearance in the 1974 made-for-TV drama I Love You...Goodbye.
  • Assisted in the creation of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles.
  • Appeared in the stage and movie adaptations of Zoot Suit and Real Women Have Curves.  
  • Won a National Board of Review award and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2000 film Chuck & Buck
  • Provided voice of Abuela Elena in the PBS animated series Maya and Miguel
  • Narrated the 2005 Independent Lens PBS documentary Maid in America, which featured women who work as domestics. By her own account, she has portrayed a maid more than 150 times in her career. 
  • Recipient of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award.