Edward James Olmos remembers his friend, Lupe Ontiveros (video)
She will be missed.
We spoke exclusively to actor Edward James Olmos today from our offices in Los Angeles about the passing of his friend, Lupe Ontiveros. Olmos, who was with Ontiveros during her last moments, spoke about her legacy in Hollywood, and remembered her as “one of the best human beings that I’ve ever met in my lifetime.”
The esteemed actress and activist’s family has released this public statement:
“Our mother, Guadalupe “Lupe” Ontiveros, passed on July 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm in the company of her loving family as she made her transition in peace. She was a tireless advocate for many causes which included G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.), United Farm Workers, A.A.R.P., The Latino Commission on A.I.D.S. and the Latino Theatre Company in Los Angeles, of which she was a founding member.”
Donations can be made in her name to her two favorite causes, G.L.A.D. and the Los Angeles Theatre Center (L.A.T.C.).
In a memorable interview with Maria Hinojosa, Ontiveros said that in addition to being fully bilingual in Spanish and English (in fact English was the first language she ever spoke back home in El Paso, Texas), she also knows sign language, “because my son is deaf.”
For more information please contact:
Ms. Rachel Braver
G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.)
Mr. Jose Luis Valenzuela
Artistic Director, L.A.T.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center)
*please reference “In Honor of Lupe Ontiveros” in the subject line
(Photo: Courtesy of bleacher + everard)