We have lost a pioneer. Lupe Ontiveros viewed herself as a pioneer; she was right. She brought humanity to her roles, helped those who needed it whenever she could and was irrepressible.
Name a movie she was in and folks will remember her performance. It was easy to forget that she acted equally well in English and Spanish. She was our mom, our tia, our abuelita, our producer, and over 150 distinct versions of La Criada.
If you haven't read about her and her work, do please. Or better yet, check out her work in her movies. You'll see artistry that makes something out of nothing in a way that sticks in your memory.
|Dyana Ortelli, Rick Najera, Lupe Ontveros, Rafael Agustin|
Image courtesy Susie Albin-Najera