Lupe Ontiveros (1942-2012) RIP

Funny and talented Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros passed away last night in Whittier, CA. Lupe was an accomplished actress and community activist and will be missed.

Born in El Paso, TX on Sept. 17, 1942, she appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Selena, Real Women Have Curves, Southland, Desperate Housewives, Rob, Family Guy and many more.

Always ready to crack an off-color joke, Lupe was genial and hilarious and also brutally honest about her time in Hollywood.

“Believe me, ” she once told me, “I’ve played A LOT of maids.” She would shake her head in amazement at how some Selena fans still thought she was “the lady who killed Selena.” (That’s the two of us above in a recent photo.)

To me she was a super lady, and the most famous resident of Pico Rivera. We will miss her mischievous laugh and smile.

Lupe Ontiveros RIP. 1942-2012