Lupe Ontiveros



  • Birth Name: Guadalupe Moreno
  • Birth Place: El Paso, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/17/1942, Virgo
  • Date of Death: 07/26/2012
  • Profession: Actor; AIDS activist
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Lupe Ontiveros Fast Facts:
  • 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.
  • Lupe Ontiveros Relationships:
  • Elias Patrick Ontiveros - Son
  • Nicholas Ontiveros - Son
  • Alejandro Ontiveros - Son
  • Elias Ontiveros - Husband
  • Juan Moreno - Father
  • Lucita CastaƱon - Mother
  • Lupe Ontiveros Awards:
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Acting (Dramatic) - Winner
  • College:
  • Texas Women's University, Denton, TX

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