The death of legendary Mexican actress Lupe Ontiveros has left us stunned and saddened. After the 69-year-old lost her battle to liver cancer yesterday, both celebrities and the public have expressed their sincere condolescences through social media. And here at  MamásLatinas, we are also remembering not only our favorite Ontiveros movies, but also all she did for the Latin community outside of acting throughout her long career.

In honor of her and all of her accomplishments, here are 5 of Ontiveros' best roles. We'll miss you, Lupe!


Selena 1


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Ontiveros was perhaps most known for her role as the convicted murderer, Yolanda Saldivar, in Selena.


As Good As It Gets 2

As Good As It Gets

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She played Greg Kinnear's lovable--and nosy--cleaning lady Nora Manning in this Academy Award-winning romantic comedy.


Desperate Housewives 3

Desperate Housewives

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Ontiveros was nominated for an Emmy for playing Juanita 'Mama' Solis, the suspicious mother-in-law of Eva Longoria's character on Desperate Housewives


Los Americans 4

Los Americans

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Ontiveros played Lucia Valenzuela in this web series, which focuses on a Mexican American family. 


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Real Women Have Curves

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In 2002, Ontiveros played Carmen Garcia, the overbearing mother of America Ferrera's character, in Real Women Have Curves.