Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros lost her battle with liver cancer today, July 26, 2012.
I remember watching her interview on CNN’s Latinos in America and thinking Lupe deserved to be more than just a maid in films. She was talented, charming, and a force to be reckoned with. I had a really nice conversation with her at LALIFF’s 2010 Gala, she was very encouraging of some goals I had as a graduate student and said, “we need more like you!”
I think she was proud of me, just as I was proud of her. May she rest in peace after a long battle with cancer. (Cancer fucking sucks).