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La Bamba actress Elizabeth Peña dies

Elizabeth Peña, who recently completed work on El Rey Network’s Matador, has died. Her film credits included Rush Hour, La Bamba, and The Incredibles. She was 55.

Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Peña died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately available.

In John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996), Peña was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Peña broke into sitcom territory decades earlier, when she toplined I Married Dora for ABC. The series ran for one season from 1987-1988 and centered on a couple with a green card marriage.

Peña also stood out as postal clerk Jezz

Added: Oct-16-2014 Occurred On: Oct-14-2014
By: Chico Ling
Tags: La, Bamba, actress, Elizabeth, Peña, dies
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