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Lupe Ontiveros

In the early 1970s, after completing college, moved to California and became a Los Angeles County social worker. Took drama class in 1973 at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. After she won an acting competition held by the school, decided to pursue a career in acting.   Made first TV appearance in the 1974 made-for-TV drama I Love You...Goodbye. Assisted in the creation of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles. Appeared in the stage and movie adaptations of Zoot Suit and Real Women Have Curves.   Won a National Board of Review award and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2000 film Chuck & Buck.  Provided voice of Abuela Elena in the PBS animated series Maya and Miguel.  Narrated the 2005 Independent Lens PBS documentary Maid in America, which featured women who work as domestics. By her own account, she has portrayed a maid more than 150 times in her career.  Recipient of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cry Now
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Water & Power
  • RHD Veteran
2014
No Score Yet Guido
  • Maria
2013
No Score Yet Aztec Warrior
  • Actor
2013
20% My Uncle Rafael
  • Mrs. Gonzales
2012
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
  • Mrs. Cortez
2011
No Score Yet El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances
  • Actor
2010
13% Our Family Wedding
  • Momma Cecilia
2010
No Score Yet Lies In Plain Sight
  • Actor
2010
56% This Christmas
  • Rosie
2007
No Score Yet Dark Mirror
  • Grace
2007
25% Tortilla Heaven
  • Adelfa
2007
No Score Yet A Girl like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story
  • Mami
2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Cinco de Maya
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Funny Fix-Ups
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Twice the Fun
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet 30 Days Until I'm Famous
  • Rosa Moreno
2004
58% Passionada
  • Angelica Amonte
2003
No Score Yet Mr. St. Nick
  • Tia Sophia
2002
83% Real Women Have Curves
  • Carmen
2002
53% Storytelling
  • Consuelo
2002
67% A Question of Faith
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Gabriela
  • Grandma Josie
2001
85% Chuck & Buck
  • Beverly
2000
67% Luminarias
  • Tia Tonia
2000
13% Candyman: Day of the Dead
  • Abuela
1999
No Score Yet No Mothers Crying No Babies Dying
  • Actor
1999
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Nora
1997
64% Selena
  • Yolanda Saldivar
1997
No Score Yet And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him
  • Dona Rose
1995
85% My Family
  • Irene Sanchez
1995
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Carmen
1993
No Score Yet Rio Diablo
  • Ducna
1993
19% Universal Soldier
  • Maid
1992
No Score Yet Dolly Dearest
  • Camilla
1992
No Score Yet La Pastorela
  • Parranda (pastore)
1992
No Score Yet A Show of Force
  • Pepita
1990
43% Born in East L.A.
  • Rudy's Mother
1987
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks
  • Cruz
1986
70% The Goonies
  • Rosalita
1985
84% El Norte
  • Nacha
1984
89% The Border
  • Madam in Whorehouse
1982
No Score Yet Zoot Suit
  • Dolores
1981
55% California Suite
  • Maid
1978
No Score Yet The Big Fix
  • Maid
1978
20% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Whore #2
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
48% Common Law
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Juanita Mama Solis Juanita Solis
11% Rob
2012
  • Abuelita

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