Ontiveros, Lupe 1942–

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ONTIVEROS, Lupe 1942–


Born September 17, 1942, in El Paso, TX; daughter of Juan (a merchant and restaurant owner) and Lucita (a merchant and restaurant owner; maiden name, Castanon) Moreno; married Elias Ontiveros; children: Nicolas, Elias, Alejandro. Education: Texas Woman's University, B.S.

Addresses: Office—Latin Hollywood Films, 153 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 2G, Santa Monica, CA 90402. Agent—Mitchell K. Stubbs and Associates, 8675 West Washington Blvd., Suite 203, Culver City, CA 90232.

Career: Actress, voice performer, and producer. Latin Hollywood Films, Santa Monica, CA, producer; Latino Theater Company, Los Angeles, founding member; Nosotros (theatre company), member of company. Appeared in advertisements and public service announcements, including work on behalf of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 2002. Judge at film festivals. Worked as a social worker in and around Los Angeles, cofounder of an organization which helps nonprofit charitable organizations, active in other social and charitable work, and public speaker at various venues.

Awards, Honors: Bravo Award nomination, National Council of La Raza, outstanding individual performance in a made–for–television movie or miniseries, 1996, for ... And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him; ALMA Award, American Latin Media Arts awards, outstanding actress in a comedy series, 1998, for Veronica's Closet; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actress in a feature film, 1998, for As Good as It Gets; National Board of Review Award, best supporting actress, 2000, and Independent Spirit Award nomination, Independent Features Project/West, best supporting female, 2001, both for Chuck & Buck; Special Jury Prize (with America Ferrera), Sundance Film Festival, dramatic category, 2002, and Imagen Award, Imagen Foundation, best supporting actress in a film, 2003, both for Real Women Have Curves; Maverick Spirit Award, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2003; Nosotros Golden Eagle Award; award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.


Film Appearances:

Second prostitute, The World's Greatest Lover, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1977.

Hotel maid, California Suite (also known as Neil Simon's "California Suite"), Columbia, 1978.

Maid, The Big Fix, Universal, 1978.

Dolores Reyna, Zoot Suit, Universal, 1981.

Madam in whorehouse, The Border, Universal, 1982.

Nacha, El Norte, Island Alive, 1983.

First market voice, Little Treasure, TriStar, 1985.

Rosalita, The Goonies, Warner Bros., 1985.

Rudy's mother, Born in East L.A., Universal, 1987.

Sophie, The Rosary Murders, New Line Cinema, 1987.

Pepita, A Show of Force, Paramount, 1990.

Lupe, How Else Am I Supposed to Know I'm Still Alive (short film), 1991.

Camilla, Dolly Dearest, Trimark Pictures, 1992.

Gregor's maid, Universal Soldier, TriStar, 1992.

Carmen, Bound by Honor (also known as Blood In, Blood Out and Blood In, Blood Out ... Bound by Honor), Buena Vista, 1993.

Irene Sanchez, My Family (also known as East L.A., Cafe con leche, and My Family, Mi Familia), New Line Cinema, 1995.

Dona Rosa, ... And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him, Kino International, 1995.

Yolanda Saldivar, Selena, Warner Bros., 1997.

Nora Manning, As Good as It Gets (also known as Old Friends), TriStar, 1997.

The Brave, Acappella Pictures/Brave Pictures/Majestic Films International, 1997.

No Mothers Crying, No Babies Dying, 1999.

Beverly Franco, Chuck & Buck, Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Connie, The Egg Plant Lady, 2000.

Constancia, Picking Up the Pieces, Kushner–Locke, 2000.

Tia Tonia, Luminarias, New Latin Pictures, 2000.

Strippers, Hollywood Independents, 2000.

Grandma Josie, Gabriela, Power Point Films, 2001.

La olla (also known as The Pan), 2001.

A Question of Faith (also known as Blessed Art Thou), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Angelica Amonte, Passionada, Samuel Goldwyn, 2002.

Consuelo, "Non–Fiction," Storytelling, Fine Line, 2002.

Herself, The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (documentary), 2002.

Olga, Sueno, Screen Gems, 2003.

Adelfa, Tortilla Heaven, 2005.

Mom, Splinter, Stonehenge Pictures, 2005.

Narrator, Maid in America (documentary), c. 2005.

Appeared in the educational film Una vez al ano para toda una vida (also known as Once a Year for a Lifetime).

Film Work:

Automated dialog replacement voice for dubbed version, Of Love and Shadows (also known as De amor y de sombras), Miramax, 1996.

Producer of the educational film Una vez al ano para toda una vida (also known as Once a Year for a Lifetime).

Television Appearances; Series:

Grandma Gomez, Grand Slam, CBS, 1990.

Marta, Dudley, CBS, 1993.

Magdalena Tiant, Greetings from Tucson (also known as Just Like You and This Time), The WB, 2002–2003.

Juanita Solis, a recurring role, Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2004–2005.

Voice of Abuela Elena, The Misadventures of Maya & Miguel (animated; also known as Maya & Miguel), PBS, 2004—.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Cruz, When the Bough Breaks, NBC, 1986.

Remedios Acosta, Stones for Ibarra, CBS, 1988.

Rosa, Those She Left Behind, NBC, 1989.

Ducna, Rio Diablo, CBS, 1993.

Mother, "Caught in the Fever," Riot, Showtime, 1995.

Abuela, Candyman: Day of the Dead (also known as Candyman 3: Day of the Dead), HBO, 1999.

Carmen Garcia, Real Women Have Curves, HBO, 2002.

Tia Sophia, "Mr. St. Nick" (also known as "Monsieur St–Nick"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2002.

Rosa Moreno, Thirty Days until I'm Famous, VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Antonia Flores, "Seguin," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.

Mrs. Nunez, "But It's Not My Fault!," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1983.

Mrs. Rojas, "Gangs," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1988.

Parranda, "La Pastorela" (also known as "The Shepherds' Tale"), Great Performances, PBS, 1991.

Fruit vendor, La carpa, PBS, 1993.

Presenter, The Fifth Annual ALMA Awards, ABC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Maid, "The Killing Kind," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1976.

Mariana, "All's Fair in Love and War," Eight Is Enough, ABC, 1977.

Mrs. Rivera, "The Failure," Alice, CBS, 1977.

Maria Fernandez, "The Bus," Alice, CBS, 1978.

Woman in airport, "Episode 18," Soap, ABC, 1978.

Mrs. Gomez, "The Hitter," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980.

Mrs. Uribe, "The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1981.

Screaming mother, "The Shooter," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Mrs. Castillo, "The Inheritance," Fame, syndicated, 1986.

Margarita, "Housekeepers Unite," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1988.

Mrs. Aragon, "What's Your Sign?," Punky Brewster, NBC, 1988.

Chicken Soup, ABC, 1989.

Madame Leona, "Seance," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1992.

Rosa, "Caroline and the Kid," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1996.

"Juarez," Red Shoe Diaries, Showtime, 1996.

Bingo lady, "Tropical Depression," Dave's World, CBS, 1997.

Louisa, "Veronica's a Doll," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997.

Louisa, "Veronica's Best Buddy," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997.

Louisa, "Veronica's First Date," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997.

Louisa, "Veronica's First Thanksgiving," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1997.

Soap opera character, "Best Laid Plans," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2000.

Abuela, "Larry's Curse," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2001.

Pilar, "Henry's Secret," Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Pilar, "Hostile Environment," Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Pilar, "Puppy Love," Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Pilar, "The Rat," Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Abuela, "Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Abuela, "Hot Today, Chili Tomorrow," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Abuela, "Tamale Follies," The Brothers Garcia, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Lupe, "The Balls Game," Leap of Faith, NBC, 2002.

Lupe, "La guera de Bibi," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

Voice of Anne, "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2002.

Penny the nanny, "Reba and the Nanny," Reba, The WB, 2005.

Appeared as Mama Calderon, I Married Dora, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mary Velasco, Jessie, ABC, 1984.

Voice of Abuela Elena, The Misadventures of Maya & Miguel (animated; also known as Maya & Miguel), PBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared in Pauley.

Stage Appearances:

Dolores Reyna, Zoot Suit, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1978, then Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979.

The Vagina Monologues, 2003.

Appeared in other productions, including How Else Am I Supposed to Know I'm Still Alive, Rooster, and Stone Wedding.



Notable Hispanic American Women, Book 1, Gale, 1993.


New York Times, May 16, 2002, pp. E1, E4.


Movie Insider,http://www.themovieinsider.com, October 20, 2002.