Elizabeth Maria Peña (September 23, 1959 – October 14, 2014) was an American performing artist known for her work in movies, for example, Batteries Not Included, La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Jacob’s Ladder, Lone Star, Rush Hour, and The Incredibles.
Peña was conceived on September 23, 1959 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she was brought up, the girl of Mario Peña, a performing artist, chief, and author who helped to establish the Latin American Theater Ensemble, and Estella Margarita (Toirac) Peña, an expressions overseer and producer. She was of Cuban plunge, and spent her initial a long time in Cuba. At age 8, Peña and her family moved to New York City. In 1975, she was an establishing individual from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. In 1977, she moved on from New York’s High School of Performing Arts. Her schoolmates were Ving Rhames and Esai Morales, whom she would later star with in La Bamba and Resurrection Blvd.
In 1979, Peña influenced her movie to make a big appearance, El Super, and depicted as a “moving and despairing comic drama about a group of lower white collar class Cuban displaced people endeavoring to conform to life in Spanish Harlem”. She worked indeed with chief Leon Ichaso in his next element, Crossover Dreams. She showed up in movies, for example, La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Jacob’s Ladder, Lone Star, *batteries excluded, Vibes and Rush Hour. In 2002, she featured in Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd. as Tia Bibi Corrades in the scene “Justicia”, which she additionally coordinated. In 2003, she showed up in and guided “It Was Fun While It Lasted”, a scene of The Brothers Garcia. Peña likewise voiced Mirage in Pixar’s energized film The Incredibles. She visitor featured in the eighteenth scene of season 2 of Numb3rs as Sonya Benavides, and in season 4 of Modern Family as Pilar, the Colombian mother of Gloria Pritchett. In spite of the fact that she communicated in Spanish, she didn’t name her own particular voice for Spanish discharges. Peña was additionally noted for having featured in I Married Dora, a sitcom in 1987, as Dora Calderon, the title character. She additionally featured in John Sayles’ delivered widely praised however brief TV arrangement Shannon’s Deal (1989– 1991). In 1996, Sayles composed and coordinated the puzzle film Lone Star and again cast her in a co-featuring part, for which she won the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Bravo Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film from the National Council of La Raza.
Personal life and death
Peña wedded William Stephan Kibler in 1988. Their marriage later finished in separate. In 1994, Peña wedded Hans Rolla, with whom she had two children.
Peña passed on October 14, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at 55. years old The reason for death recorded on her demise declaration was cirrhosis of the liver because of liquor, which caused intense gastrointestinal dying, cardiogenic stun, and cardiopulmonary arrest. Her remaining parts were cremated.
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