Lupe Ontiveros, Actress Who Played A Maid Over 150 Times, Dies
Lupe Ontiveros has died. She was 69.
The iconic Mexican-American actress, who is perhaps best known for playing the convicted murderer Yolanda Saldivar in “Selena,” passed away yesterday, TMZ is reporting.
She was reportedly suffering from liver cancer.
Ontiveros, who built her career on playing immigrant characters, told NPR in 2009 that she had played a maid more than 150 times, including on the sitcom “Reba,” “Who’s The Boss” and in films like “Charlie’s Angels.”
“You’ve got maids and you’ve got maids,” she said. “You got maids that have longevity beyond what you ever conceived of in your wildest dreams. I’ll give you an example — The Goonies. Those that got hooked — I have a whole following of 30-year-olds who got hooked. Oh my gosh, I’m a heroine to them.”
After playing so many maids throughout her career, Ontiveros said, “I long to play a judge. I long to play a lesbian woman. I long to play a councilman, someone with some chutzpah.”
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