Lupe Ontiveros, one of the most recognizable and acclaimed Latino TV and film actresses of our time, reportedly died in Los Angeles Thursday night after battling liver cancer. On early Friday, actor Jacob Vargas (who played A.B. Quintanilla in Selena and had been at her bedside on Thursday night) had 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." Born in El Paso, she would've been 70 on September 17.
Besides several nominations and wins in her career, she won the Special Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Acting at Sundance in 2002, a prize she shared with America Ferrera for Real Women Have Curves.
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