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Friday July 27, 2012

Actress Lupe Ontiveras Dies of Liver Cancer at 69

Actress Lupe Ontiveras Dies of Liver Cancer at 69

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On Thursday, July 26, notable Mexican-American actress, Lupe Ontiveros died at the age of 69.

Ontiveras was known for playing snarky and wise maids, and in her later years, grandmothers, but she is possibly best known for her portrayal of Yolanda Saldivar, the convicted murderer of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, alongside Jennifer Lopez in the movie Selena. Ontiveras believed she played more than 150 maids in her career, which spans multiple decades.

Born Guadalupe Moreno in El Paso, Texas, Ontiveros was more than an entertainer. she promoted higher education for Latinos through advertisements for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

She was a beloved actress and prior to her death received calls from a number of fellow actors as well a political figures like Hilda Solis.

Ontiveros died of liver cancer, which she had been batting since January of this year. Her Selena co-star, Jacob Vargas, was at her bedside. She is survived by her husband, Elias Ontiveros, and their three adult sons.

Following her death, Vargas tweeted:

My friend Lupe Ontiveros just passed away. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your great contribution to film and TV. You will be missed.