`Selena' star Lupe Ontiveros dies of cancer at 69

`Selena' star Lupe Ontiveros dies of cancer at 69

Credit: Getty Images for NCLR

SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Lupe Ontiveros arrives at the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards held at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 10, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images for NCLR)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 6:22 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veteran actress Lupe Ontiveros (LOO-pay ahn-tee-VEHR-oos), best known for her role in the movie "Selena," has died.

Close friend Rick Najera says the actress who also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over her 35-year-career died Thursday night of cancer. She was 69.

Najera said she was surrounded by family and friends, including actors Esai Morales and Edward James Olmos, when she died at a hospital in Whittier, Calif., a suburb southeast of Los Angeles

Ontiveros played Yolanda Saldivar in "Selena." Her other credits include "As Good As It Gets," "Real Women Have Curves," "The Goonies," and "Chuck & Buck."

The actress, born Guadalupe Moreno in Texas, once estimated she had played a maid more than 300 times.
 

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