Lupe Ontiveros was a talented actress who played resilient women in a number of roles including on Selena, Chuck & Buck and Real Women Have Curves. On Thursday night, the 69-year old Ontiveros lost her battle with liver cancer.
She started acting by complete accident. She moved to California as a housewife and was considering entering nursing school, when she saw an ad asking for extras. She answered that ad and from that day on found her calling. She worked all the time from that point one between the stage, TV and films, until cancer would not let her continue.
Earlier in the year, even though the cancer was bothersome, she finished her work on two films and played a role in Desperate Housewives final episodes. Even though they had killed off her character over two seasons ago, she reappeared a number of times in flashbacks by characters in the show. The role by Ontiveros earned her a nomination for an Emmy.
Her first ever credit was appearing as a maid in a Charlie’s Angels episode in 1976. She played maids on many occasions, 150 to be exact, during her career. Because of that, she was asked to be the narrator for the 2005 Maid in America.
The actress embraced her Hispanic heritage, but would not be defined by just it. She was a child of immigrant parents and was born in El Paso, Texas. Her tough, humble upbringing helped her become the strong woman she was both on and off the screen.