Actress, producer, and activist Lupe Ontiveros passed away Thursday evening (July 26). She was a familiar face in film for her participation in movies like “Zoot Suit,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Greetings from Tucson,” and “Selena.”
Ontiveros was recently seen in good spirits at the 2012 NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) celebration in Studio City, posing for pictures on the red carpet with Rita Moreno, Dolores Huerta, and other Latino celebrities.
Ontiveros received the NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, when actor Edward James Olmos described her as a consummate and prolific artist, “as good as it gets.”
Ontiveros was born September 17, 1942 in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of middle-class Mexican immigrants.
According to a Fox news report, she was suffering from liver cancer. The news of her death was unexpected and has shocked her fans. She will be missed.