'Selena' co-star Lupe Ontiveros dies at 69
July 27th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

'Selena' co-star Lupe Ontiveros dies at 69

Actress Lupe Ontiveros, who co-starred in the hit films "Selena" and "As Good As It Gets," has died of liver cancer, her publicists said Friday. She was 69.

Ontiveros passed away Thursday night. Before her death she had received phone calls from actors all over Hollywood as well as political figures, including Edward James Olmos and Hilda Solis, said Roy Cosme of Arcos Communications.

TMZ reports that Ontiveros' "Selena" co-star Jacob Vargas was at her bedside when she passed. He told CNN in a statement that Ontiveros was diagnosed with liver cancer in January of this year, but kept it quiet from friends and family.

At the time of her passing, Vargas said, "she was surrounded by many friends and family." He called the 69-year-old star "an amazing person. A force of nature. Always smiling and ready to pull you out on the dance floor. She will be dearly missed.”

The Mexican-American actress built her career playing domestic workers, and in a 2009 interview with NPR said she had appeared as a maid more than 150 times in roles on shows like "Who's the Boss." Her near-constant gigs made her one of the most recognizable Latina actresses in Hollywood.

In an interview with CNN in 2009, Ontiveros said her repeated casting as a housekeeper was "upsetting."

"It's upsetting to any culture when that is the only projection you have of that culture," she told Soledad O'Brien. "You're pigeon-holed, stereotyped. That means we don't like you. We forget that this country was founded by immigrants."

One of her more recognizable roles came later in life when she played Yolanda Saldivar, the woman convicted of killing Tejano superstar Selena in the 1997 blockbuster movie of the singer's life.

Jennifer Lopez, who starred in "Selena" as the titular superstar, said she's "tremendously saddened by the news of Lupe's passing! I've enjoyed her work throughout the years. She was a great actress and working with her in 'Selena' was an unforgettable experience. She will truly be missed."

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Actress Eva Longoria has offered similar condolences, telling CNN in a statement that she's "deeply saddened at the news of my dear friend Lupe Ontiveros' passing. She was more than a colleague to me, she was my family. My heart is with your family Lupe.”

The National Hispanic Media Coalition praised Ontiveros as a "trailblazer" in a statement Friday.

"She worked tirelessly to perfect her craft and open doors for countless Latinos along the way," said NHMC President Alex Nogales. "Hollywood never gave her the lead role, but in our hearts she will be remembered as our leading lady."

Ontiveros was a founding member of The Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles, according to the NHMC.

Actor Luis Guzman tweeted Friday, "R.I.P. Lupe Ontiveros thank you for all your work and being a Pioneer."

Cosme, who serves on the board of the Latino Commission on AIDS, described Ontiveros as a community activist as much as a movie star, and a major voice in the Latino community's ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. In the past, Ontiveros was a co-host of the Latino Commission on AIDS' fundraiser.

Ontiveros' family said in a statement, "Our mother, Guadalupe 'Lupe' Ontiveros ... was a tireless advocate for many causes, which included G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.), United Farm Workers, A.A.R.P., The Latino Commission on A.I.D.S. and the Latino Theatre Company in Los Angeles ... All donations can be made in her name to her two favorite causes, G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.) and the L.A.T.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center)."


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  24. NanookoftheNorth

    Why no mention of Lupe's work on 'Desperate Housewives' in the article CNN. That is where most of us would recognize her from. Rest In Peace Lupe...the villianess is always the most memorable !

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  27. maria

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    July 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Ran

      Who cares? That's what everyone is going to say when YOU die! Except you'll be old, bitter and dirt poor I'm sure!

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  28. jose

    RIP girl. the latino community will miss you!

    July 29, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  29. Decent

    she's was a decent actress

    July 29, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ALovingFan From Texas

      She was a great actress and will be missed by the Hispanic community. I loved her in "The Goonies".

      July 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. noneya

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  32. Benstarbuck

    Always enjoyed this delightful lady . Loved her in REAL WOMEN HAVE CURES . R.I.P. sweetheart.....Ben

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  35. mvk

    She was a wonderful actress, but I will always remember her as Nacha in El Norte, a great movie that everybody needs to see. RIP Lupe!

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    WHY is nobody mentioning that this was the actress who was on the receiving end of one of Jack Nicholson's greatest lines ever: "Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here!".

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  63. Debra Almanza

    My deepest condolences to the Family! May God give Yall peace and guidance during this difficult time! She was a great Actress, She was in plenty of great Mexican American based movies, My 2 favorite movies she starred in had to be El Norte && My Family. God bless you all <3

    July 28, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
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    Drunk already i see.

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    stfu..you pervs.

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  66. ant

    it the truth..she's our puff "mouth" and we see it allllllllllllllllll day.

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  67. Ronald Fox

    You were great in your movies RIP Lupe. As for the ignorant people on this board. If you put them all together I doubt you could come up with one viable brain cell.

    July 28, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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    the mouth? oh man....

    July 28, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  69. joey

    i love her mouth....i have it all day long in work....hehehehe

    July 28, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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    July 28, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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    who's the heck is blondie?

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  72. Sokman

    I prefer the acting talents of Little Lupe myself. I would go Fred Willard in the front row of an AMC if they'd put her movies on the big screen

    July 28, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  73. MoonSon64

    No offense but I did love you in the Goonies and Selena.
    RIP, Miss Lupe.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  74. i am also latino

    no respect for a fine actress who's dead..what a disgusting group of people who gave crap reviews.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • chefdugan

      I am NOT a latino and wish all you people would go back where you came from. As for this third rate actess, she just got her fifeen minutes although she probaly didn't deserve it.

      July 28, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan V

      who? never heard of her, just because CNN is trying to cater to different viewers.

      July 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • hils

      never heard of her, just because CNN is trying to cater to different viewers.

      July 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • benstarbuck

      Agreed hon......Ben

      July 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  75. 100 year ol colored fella

    huh? wha? I done taught she done dead alreadys?!! she wadn't dead yet? lord have mercy.

    July 28, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • HA WHA DUH--

      I'M A LATINO AND DO NOT MAKE FUN OF THE DEAD- HAVE ANOTHER SHOT

      July 28, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
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    YOUR TRACKED.

    July 28, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  77. Meli

    Like i said "negative postings" obviously ur not bilingual so quit pretending like u knew what u read...poor U trying 2 fit in This is 'bout Lupe Not 4 people like u! ¿RELIGÍON? who said anythig 'bout RELIGÍON....P.S there's ananother word in "espaÑol" god bless & 4give me fam..Ontiveros:(

    July 28, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LostPass

      Please do not lecture anyone on any language when you do not have a grasp of the one you are using. I am not perfect in my use of the English language. However, I do try harder than many to spell words completely and properly and to use proper grammar and punctuations. The quality of the English in your post would make anyone cringe whether they were native English speakers or a native speaker of Spanish trying to understand what you are saying.

      July 28, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  78. Jerry

    'Though she was not a beauty queen or a popular lead actress I knew exactly who she was and saw her face in my mind when I read the headline of this story: Lupe Ontiveros made an impression.

    To her family: you have my sincere sympathy. I just buried my father yesterday.

    R.I.P. Lupe.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  79. Dr. JJJ

    Why does the article continually use the term, "passing", "passed"? What does that mean? She didn't "pass", she died. She's dead. She's gone. CNN, please stop imparting your religion on the rest of us. Stop being afraid to use the words DEATH and DEAD!

    July 28, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      lightened up dude

      July 28, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • scottpt1

      Thats the stupidest post I have ever seen....not even close. How is passed a religious term?

      July 28, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      She "passed" from one existence to another. The word has nothing to do with religion. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, the fact is we become something else, maybe a spirit, or simply part of the earth, either way, there's no need to be an a**hole.

      My favorite scene with Ms. Ontiveros was in The Goonies, when 'Mouth' was giving her "instructions" in Spanish. Hilarious!

      July 28, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  80. C. Sheen

    OOOOOppppsss........................when I read the headline "Lupe Ontiveros dies at 69" I thought she choked! Oh well.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
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  82. Meli

    It's jst 2 sad 2 hear from Lupe Ontivero's passing:( BUT' its even more sad 2 c all such negative posting's 'bout her R.I.P.'( para toda su fam... Que dios los bendiga....Melinda A...

    July 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Meli

    It's jst 2 sad 2 hear from Lupe Ontivero's passing:( BUT' its even more sad 2 c all such negative

    July 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Sokman

    You're educated & look like a model, yet spend Friday night browsing CNN entertainment blogs... Let me guess, men are too intimidated by your confidence to ask you out... whatever

    July 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  85. die die

    aw, she was an awesome actress. rip.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  86. revolting peasant

    I never heard of her

    July 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  87. DFW

    Sounds like Sheriff Joe hasn't been laid in a quite a while. Poor ignorant @sshole. Now, Sheriff Joe, kindly go pull your head out of your @ss so your brain can resume getting oxygen and you can hopefully make sense. Pendejo!

    RIP Lupita...you were so much more talented than many of these ignorant pendejos on here will ever hope to be.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Michelle

    GOONIES! What a treasure you were. God love you Rosalita!

    July 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Noyola

      Descansa en paz, que dios te bendiga por todo tu trabajo en esta tierra

      July 28, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  89. Sandra

    Rest in Peace, Lupe. I did not see everything you were in, but the moment I saw your name, then saw your picture, I remembered your presence, and am saddened at the loss your friends and family feel. God bless your memory, and your friends and family, for you were surely blessed with talent, and we were blessed for having enjoyed your work.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Sheriff JOE

    Aha ha chaka chaka

    July 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  91. ndnchik

    amazes me when ###wipes like this sheriff joe n the rest of ignorant ppl always claim how they r american. naw baby, ur not. do remeber there lived a whole differant ppl for thousands of years b/4 "pilgrims" arrived. n no,they (pilgrims) were not wealthy or well-educated. n still not when listening to u sheriff joe n ur racist counterparts.ms. lupe was an american actress who passed. respect given.n ca, i've never seen a white person in feilds. wanna job? go to it!u nvr would make it. 2 hard of work.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • vilap

      Dude, you do her no favors. Learn to read and write first, then you may post.

      July 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  92. PushingBack

    Rest in peace Rosalita!!

    July 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    repuglicans are bad people and we all know it

    July 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Fernando Escovar

    I photographed Lupe a 1/2 dozen times & she was always happy & energetic. I danced with
    Her at a party for five songs! What a dancer!

    July 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  95. marg42

    great actress and professional. rip my dear.

    July 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  96. PumpNDump

    Nobody cares. Hispanic music is comprised of fat, overly made up chicks who pluck their eyebrows then paint them in with sharpies. They were guady, trashy makeup with jeans designed to make them look even more fat then they are with a generous muffin top. They use lots of lousy musicians playing accordions, 3 string guitars and wearing those clownish hats. Lol

    July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • monzar

      you are one stupid ignorant Pump and Dump.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merianny

      really?????? what an ignorant you are !
      I"m latin from Venezuela i"m educated person and i look like a modellll so i'm not latina????? i must be from another planetttttttttt Payasooooooooooo o payassaaaaaaa

      July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • vilap

      Mentally deficient are you? Who's talking about music? Jeezzeee white people are so stupid.

      July 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Leti

    God Bless her....

    July 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Chyah.

    She was wonderful in Mi Familia. She'll be truly missed. RIP Lupe

    July 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Capitan Justicia

    Que descanses en paz Lupe.

    I enjoyed her in every movie I saw her in, a very good actress.

    July 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mario Salazar

    My prayers for family and friends.It hurts but we need to be dtrong

    July 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Ms.Lyn

    Rosita! Rosita! Come here!
    R.I.P.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  102. ffacts

    she will be missed. she did a great job of making tacos at taco casa

    July 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Jody38

    Remember when we used to say that death comes in 3s. This year is at least one every week. This week is was two with the death of Sherman Helmsley. Lupe, I only saw you in a few films and you were great in all of them!!! I'm sorry Hollywood has only limited your roles to playing only servants. I'm sure you would've been able to shine no matter what was the part!!!

    Sleep peacefully, Ms.Ontiveros!!

    July 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Br0tH3R

    "latina" might not be a nationality but "mexican" iz a nationality. simply put, mexico iz a nation. not a race. so yeah i got it right the whole time. thankz anyway....now for the late latina actress, much love n peace be wit her friendz n family.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pocono's Dude

      I always complain about this particular subject. She ain't Mexican, she's American. Born and raised. But children of foreigners are always taught to negate their nationality. If you are born here, you're American not mexican, not German but American. People born here are still using that stupid hyphen, whatever-american, it really puts into question where their loyalties lie.

      July 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  105. bob

    Never seen or heard of her.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthLover

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      Learn to think for yourself again and rage against the Globalist media control complex!
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      (and RIP Lupe – I liked you in the Goonies)

      July 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • patiat

      You needed for us to know that?

      July 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • vilap

      and your point is?

      July 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  106. WhoDat?

    Lupe who? Must be a slow news day.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oracle

      Lupe morethanyoulleverbe dumb a$&, have some respect, what do you expect a bus full catching fire just to satisfy your boredom, get out and get a life moron.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • patiat

      JUst because YOU haven't heard of her doesn't mean others haven't.

      And that whole "I don't care so it must be a 'slow news day'" is so old and hackneyed that even using it makes YOU look like a complete tool.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  107. pk

    Awesome, talented actress..may she rest in peace.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  108. José-Luis Orozco

    Lupita:

    Que Dios te bendiga.

    Muchas Gracias por todas tus contribuciines.

    Siempre te recordaremos.

    José-Luis Orozco

    July 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Br0tH3R

    lol @ ppl sayin CNN racist. yall fail to realize some ppl are proud of their nationality. so i ask again, y doez it bother yall so much? plus itz been known that the onez that are worried about other ppl's race bein mentioned are the onez bein racist themselvez in some casez. jus sayin.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Her nationality wasn't "Latina." There is no such nationality. Her nationality was American. If you want to get more specific, she was an American actress of Mexican descent.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Barb

    RIP Lupe!! You r already greatly missed!! We will never forget you!!

    July 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Ingrid Oliu

    Lupe hated the mention of her role in Selena. She was proud of EL Norte, As Good As it Gets, Real Women Have Curves, Zoot Suit. Please stop mentioning Selena. This was unexpected, we are devastated. Our matriarch is gone!

    July 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      The movie Selena was part of her resume, and she did a great job. It was her breakout role. I don't know what you're talking about.

      July 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • diananotdiane

      @Susan – Ingrid knows what she's talking about. They were co-stars in "Real Women Have Curves", and had remained close friends. As a close friend and colleague, it's no surprise that Ingrid would have some insight to share on Lupe's feelings and the words that she spoke while she was living.

      July 28, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  112. Michael Moore

    Goonies Never Say Die!!! RIP Rosalita!

    July 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Mar

    Sheriff Joe must have had bath salts in his cereal.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Br0tH3R

    nothin to do wit race? u in the U.S.A. race iz play'd here one way or another. get used to it.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Casey Anthony #1 Fan (I love you Casey!!!/Future Lover)

    She went to that great big taquería** in the sky. Bon Voyage, fair maiden!

    **Or is it "great Holiday Inn employees' breakroom in the sky"? (Mexican Catholicism is so confusing :()

    July 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  116. TL

    In an interview with CNN in 2009, Ontiveros said her repeated casting as a housekeeper was "upsetting."

    "It's upsetting to any culture when that is the only projection you have of that culture," she told Soledad O'Brien. "You're pigeon-holed, stereotyped. That means we don't like you. We forget that this country was founded by immigrants."

    But you had to have tested for the role(s) you were in on your own accord, therefore you did nothing to change the "stereotype" other than to continue encourage it.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Br0tH3R

    why doez it bother some of yall when CNN put "latina" or any other national origin of a person in the headline? it might not matter to some of u but to many otherz it speakz volumez in a positive way. jus let it be.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Romneysux

    Booze will kill ya.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Ryan

    Sheriff Joe

    Huh??????????? Are you alright??? It's ok, we understand. Depression hurts...Cymbalta can help :)

    July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  120. vashti

    she was hilarious in "real women have curves"

    July 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Carlos Moreno Jr.

    Thank you for the dances Lupe and your radiant smile. You will be missed. You helped Latinos Artists in more ways than I can say. RIP friend.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Sheriff JOE

    One way or another, im gonna find you, im gonna meet ya, meet ya, meet ya. And if the lights are all down, ill still be around, follow your car downtown see whos hangin rounnnd

    July 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasmine

      Sheriff Joe, you senile, ignorant, racist freak of nature, why don't you crawl back into the hole that you came out of ya nasty piece of crap!

      July 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • 80's

      Blondie?!?!

      July 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Latina Fan

    RIP, dear Lupe...you left us too soon...will always enjoy & appreciate your work!

    July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  124. OlympicsAreBoring

    Ay! Dios mio! Remember Beverly Hills Chihuhua? "MIRA!" That movie was repleat with stereotypes. Lupe was the ignorant, poor Mexican housewife – always in a house coat. Her husband "hurt his back" and had a landscapping business. He also played guitar and the accordian. Their house was neon with color. And let's not forget – they owned chihuhuas! And in the Goonies, that evil punk Corey Feldman locked her in the closet with the cucarachas!

    July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I really liked her in Desperate Housewives as Carlos's father and Gabby's nemesis. She was capable of so much more than playing a maid. I really hate Hollywood.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  125. sassysticks53

    Get a life, idiot!

    July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Monica

    Wow...what a lot of IGNORANT people on this board. Didn't your folks teach you people any manners? If you don't have anything good to say, THEN DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! This woman has family. RIP Lupe.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Jess

    In regards to sheriff joe's comment

    Good one Casey!! I was wondering if Sherrif Joe and I were reading the same thing!! Whew...I was getting worried for a moment.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Mike MC

    Hollywood lost a great ACTRESS. Not a great "latino" actress. The sooner we lose the prefixes on people the more inclusive our country will become.

    It was a pleasure watching movies with this ACTRESS in them.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Casey

    What the hell is Sherrif Joe rambling about now? You're on the wrong website buddy...lol!!! This is CNN's website not Senior Citizens website. Sorry...

    July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Z

    I still don't understand why? god put people like you in earth, but anyways, with the rule that you are measuring miss Lupe with the same rule you will be measured the day you die. RIP. Mrs Lupita balla con dios, and god bless you.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Mc

      I think you mean vaya con dios. Balla con dios doesn't mean anything.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  131. bukoo

    Lupe was great straight actor in "As Good As It Gets" I still laugh so hard at her scene with Jack N. when she ask him to say kind words to his gay neighbor. R.I.P. Lupe

    July 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Sheriff JOE

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    July 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mari

      The real Sheriff Joe wouldn't say that. You are a pathetic and heartless being who has nothing better to do than spew your hate on a story about a hard working woman. Shame on you!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      @Sheriff Joe; go back to the early 1800's where you belong. American will move forward, not backward regardless of what corwardly, ignorant, trailer trash folks like you think and feel. You're on the wrong forum for your hate anyway.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      AMEN Sheriff, keep up the good work... Tucson luvs you..

      July 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      WTG Sheriff Joe! America was settled by immigrants, yes, but they were NOT peons. They were by and large wealthy educated people that came here first...the Pilgrims and our forefathers were moneyed, not economic refugees.

      When I read the headline, I thought, "Who?". Recognizable to whom, exactly? If the woman was upset that she was typecast as a maid, maybe she should have looked at her culture for the answer. They keep to themselves in slums, fighting over territory and drug routes. You see it here in the US, you see it down in Mexico. It is what it is and that perception will not change until they change their reality. Rid the US of the rabble before it's too late. If you're too lazy to even learn the language here, you're not deserving of our oxygen.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      If you're in Colorado, then you should be worrying about crime by crazy white men. Hypocrite.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Rod C Venger–most of the white Europpeans who came here were SERFS, indentured servants, or convicts. In fact, Georgia and Virginia were originally penal colonies. Learn some history.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • monzar

      another stupid coment from an ignorant person

      July 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  133. REMEMBER THE ALAMO

    All her movies were pretty terrible, if you think about it. Couldn't understand what she was saying half the time

    July 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colton

      Dear REMEMBER THE ALAMO,

      .....and we will always remember you for eeeevvvveeerryyyyyythiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing you have done thus far. Go away. Seriously, can you just please go away????

      July 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Sheriff JOE

    Third world mexican crap, NEXT!

    July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      To Sherrif Joe

      You are no Sherrif Sir...You are what we call "White Trash". Good Day!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonju

      Obviously you have no idea who this woman is. Please give her the respect she deserves as an actress, woman and immigrant who came here LEGALLY. Creeps

      July 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Don't be bitter cuz nobody is going to care when you die.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      The real Sheriif Joe is a corrupt Eyetalian from back east. He's on trial right now and will probably be in jail soon. heheheh

      July 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  135. TrudyBird

    Rest in peace, beautiful lady. I'm old enough to remember you and appreciate you for your gift to the world.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  136. vcltn72

    Our dear friend LUPE ONTIVEROS DIES! Thank you for all the good memories and talks that we had during our "NOSTROS" Days. You are always going to be our loving "NACHA" to my family and I, because of your outstanding role in the picture "EL NORTE". May you R.I.P.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  137. GianCarlo

    YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY UGLY! JUST BECAUSE YOU LIVE A MISERABLE LIFE DO YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN SPREAD HATE? GO OUT AND FEED A HOMELESS, HELP SOMEONE IN NEED, AND I BET YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Why..

    Why yall trolling on a wonderful woman who passed away, when yall could be on the new dancing with the stars blog trolling on live ppl like kirstie alley and bristol palin! RIP lupe, sorry you had to leave so soon.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jenna

    So all of you posting negative comments about an actor who just passed would rather read about the White American suspect who killed 12 innocent people in Colorado????? Yep, that's right,WHITE/ANGLO!!! Go ahead and give this monster more publicity. It's always the white kids doing the crazy shootings in this country!! Sick people!! Some of you get off to some crazy crap!! I cant believe people get upset over CNN posting about someone's passing....

    July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • karma

      Wow, what a racist you are, Jenna. But, seriously, violence knows NO race. Why don't you talk to the families of the 300 plus Mexicans who have been killed by their own people over drugs? Or the blacks who kill each other over drug money? It happens everywhere, people killing each other. Sad, but nothing to do with race. It's people like you who want to make it that way. I suggest you grow up.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJsAREgood

      Jenna, how fat are you?

      July 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Anne

    i remember her, she was in lot of movies, I don't think it is because she is Latina, it is because she was in lot of movies, that's it

    July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  141. palintwit

    The moderators are out in force today. I think I'm on Fox.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  142. JenJen

    People please, we lost a great actress, please be respectful online to the family of Lupe, Forgive us on earth Dear Lord for our rudness and disrespectfulness towards the loss of another soul. May Lupe, Rest in Peace!

    July 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  143. kls817

    I believe it is due to the media's obsession with categorizing people by their ethnicity. The article's summary statement made that clear. CNN reporters emphasize these types of things. For example, yesterday CNN put out an article whose topic was that Sally Ride was a lesbian, as if that matters.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Michael

    Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City "Sailor wanna hump-hump" bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Tea Party Patriot

    Meanwhile how many Americans died today???

    July 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Padre Sogol

      she was an AMERICAN citizen, you heartless idiot! Why would someone else be more American than her?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • To the TEA PARTY PATRIOT

      Unfortunately, it was not you.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Well, at least one according to this article.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Um ... you?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. of S.

      Hey Tea Bag Patriot,

      I think your hood might be cutting off your oxygen. See, being hispanic does not preclude one from being an American. If only IQ did, we could start expelling m()r()ns like you.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Rightster

    Never heard of her or the movies she was listed as being in.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      @Righster; And? So what? Who cares if you never heard of her. That's supposed to make her less respected in your ignorant mind? Go do some work around that double-wide trailer of yours and let the folks who do know who ths wonderful actress was pay our respects. Typical ignorant, trailer trash idiot – blaming others for their misery.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Quatsch

    If she stuck to bringing her man nachos like a good little mamacita then she wouldnt' be int his predicament would she

    July 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Luis V

    Que descances en paz Lupe

    July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Felipe Lopez

    May you be blessed and live to be as old as she did. Maybe your obnoxiousness will be replaced by wisdom, before your expiration date.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  150. The Voice of Reason

    One of my favorite performances of hers was as Nacha in the movie "El Norte" which was a gripping, sad story in which she also managed to find comedic moments ... finding multi-layers in a character is a sign of a gifted actress.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  151. the_dude

    Rest in peace my friend. I think she did a great job as the witch in the first the matrix movies.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  152. JenJen

    Didn't she act in "End of Days" with Arnold? Yea as an actress she was very talented as for her passing God Bless and sorry to the family's loss. Plz ignore these poor peoples thoughtless thoughts and rude behaviors. God will mind them when it's their time as well.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Meli

    R.i.p lupe ur were a great actress at least u wont be suffering any more

    July 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Colin

    She played as Carlo's mother on Desperate housewives in Season 1

    July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gilbert

      Thanks for mentioning her playing Carlos' mom. NOW, i do remember her. RIP Lupe!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Tatu

    R.i.p

    July 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Josh

    She played the maid on "Who's the boss?". I thought the premise of that show, was that Tony Danza was the male maid.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  157. JOE D.

    Rest in peace Ms. Lupe. VAYA CON DIOS!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  158. GoRemote

    That's too bad.......Not sure when they chose Selena it identify her, but she was funny in Rob last fall.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Sarkazma

    You must not read very well . . it said she played the person who KILLED Selena, not Selena herself . . .

    July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Marley

    RIP Lupe. Gracias for your excellent work. Don't pay attention to those poor brainless. Blessings.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  161. nothanksimdriving123

    Clown question jimbob, but she was born in Texas, so that would make her a US citizen.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  162. rolrey12

    RIP...she was an amazing actress :)

    July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  163. NENA

    SHE PAID HER DUES FOR PRESSENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF LATINAS IN HOLLIWOOD...
    DIOS LA GUARDE

    July 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SimoneSimone

      Lupe was always type cast. Hollywood never gave her a real chance because she was Mexican-American.She was talented and funny but didn't fit the Hollywood mold. In taking these roles her help promulgate the racial biases and sterotypes of Hispanics.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  164. me

    She was so good in As Good As It Gets :) So sad when people die :(

    July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  165. tim

    Amen to that

    July 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Kathy M

    What a good actress. For those who have posted, "Who", "Never heard of her", I have to say why did you even post! That's really not nice.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan J

      I agree with you. If you don't know who the person is then keep your mouth shut.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  167. specter619

    She was on the goonies

    July 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  168. roscoe lowboy

    amen for a sweet lady – and ps buffoons – Jennifer Lopez played Selena!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  169. missypooh

    she was 69 years old. and she played the WOMAN WHO KILLED SELENA

    July 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  170. The Truth

    R.I.P. and God bless

    July 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  171. southernsugar

    May God rest your soul, Ms O.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  172. moon

    Don't forget she was also in Babel.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melz

      That's the movie that popped in my head right away when I saw her!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • nothanksimdriving123

      Might you be mistaken about Babel? I don't see her listed in the credits for that film.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Barack

    Alcohol doesn't cause liver cancer you fool. It causes cirrhosis.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  174. BombquishaDavis

    Loved her in As Good as it Gets too....took me a while after the movie "Selena" to like her....that is a testiment to her talents as an actress. Fine Actress whose talents and contributions will be sorely missed! May God bless her.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Seamusgirl

    My condolences to her family and friends. I really enjoyed her work. God Bless RIP

    July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Kriss Greenn

    I loved her as the mother in "Real Women Have Curves" with a young America Ferrara (i think thats her last name). SHe was funny in that movie. R.I.P Lupe!

    July 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCMella

      I agree with you Kriss. She was awesome in "Real Women". I first saw Ms. Ontiveros in the move Selena (where she played the role of an obsessive murdered) that her role in "Real Women" was a refreshing turn.

      Thanks for mentioning that very funny but poignant movie!

      July 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  177. linsey

    R.I.P. she played the best roles as the one who was serious and had the shoulder to cry on. she will be missed prys for her family and friends. god bless you.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Ryan C.

    Few performances have made me laugh and cry like her work in Todd Solondz's HAPPINESS. She was an incredible actress, and I'm very glad to see her receive proper tribute.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  179. DIANA

    RIP. I loved her in As Good as it Gets. She was a great pioneer and actress.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  180. PB

    Rest in peace.

    I will never forget you in Goonies.....

    July 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  181. well bless her heart,she will be missed great actress.

    well my goodness,bless her heart,rest in peace.great actress.she will be missed by many.condolences for the family at this time.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

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