Lupe Ontiveros (September 17, 1942 - July 26, 2012) was an Mexican-American movie and television actress. Ontiveros acted in a lot of movies and television series. She usually took the role of a maid or a grandmother. Ontiveros has told interviewers that she has played a maid at least 150 times on stage and in movies. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role on Desperate Housewives. She also was given positive reviews for her role in Chuck and Buck. She won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Ontiveros took the role as Yolanda Saldivar in the 1997 biographical movie Selena.
Lupe Ontiveros, March 2008
September 17, 1942
|Died||July 26, 2012 (aged 69)|
|Alma mater||Texas Woman's University|
|Years active||1966 – 2011|
|Spouse(s)||Elías Ontiveros (1966 – 2012; her death)|
Ontiveros was born Guadalupe Moreno in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican immigrant parents. Ontiveros and her husband, Elías, have three sons. Elías and their sons live in Pico Rivera, California. Lupe Ontiveros died on July 26, 2012. She died of liver cancer. She was 69 years old.
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- "'Selena' co-star Lupe Ontiveros dies at 69". CNN. July 27, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.