Lupe Ontiveros – Actress From Selena

Published Date   27th May. 2019, 14:27 pm
Lupe Ontiveros – Actress From Selena
Quick Info
Birth Name: Lupe Ontiveros
Birth Place: Texas
Birth Sign: Virgo
Father: Juan Moreno
Mother: Luz Castanon
Spouse: Elias Ontiveros
Height: 4 feet 11 inches
Eye Color: Light Brown
Hair Color: Blonde
Date of Birth: 17/09/1942
Age: 78 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $250,000
Died: 26/07/2012
College: Texas Woman's University
Children: Alejandro Ontiveros, Elias Ontiveros, Nicholas Ontiveros




Guadalupe “Lupe” Ontiveros was born on September 17, 1942, in El Paso, Texas. She was an American actress and was best known for portraying the role of Yolanda Saldivar in the movie Selena.

Famously, Actress Ontiveros had won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Chuck & Buck. Likewise, she was also nominated for Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives. Similarly, the Independent Spirit Award also consisted of her as a nominee.



Unsurprisingly, Lupe Ontiveros’ net worth was estimated to be $250,000. She was born to her father Juan Moreno and mother Luz Castanon. Lupe was married to her husband Elias Ontiveros. Furthermore, she had three sons with him: Alejandro Ontiveros, Elias Ontiveros, and Nicholas Ontiveros. However, details about her siblings have not been made public yet. Unfortunately, Lupe passed away at the age of 69 on July 26, 2012.

Lupe Ontiveros died because of liver cancer

Lupe Ontiveros was the daughter of Mexican parents. Image Source: Who’s Dated Who.

Net Worth And Earnings

Actress Lupe Ontiveros’ net worth was estimated to be $250,000. Unsurprisingly, she had managed to amass such wealth throughout her career as an actress. Definitely, she was an all-time great actress and she excelled in her path to become one of the greats.

Ontiveros’ main source of income was her acting career. However, she mentioned, that she had played the character of a maid at least 150 times on stage and screen. Hence, she was selected in the role of narrator for a documentary named Maid in America.

Family And Relationships

Lupe Ontiveros was born to father Juan Moreno and Luz Castanon who were middle-class Mexican immigrants. Surprisingly, her parents, who lacked formal education, became owners of a tortilla factory and two restaurants in El Paso.

Lupe Ontiveros had three sons

Lupe Ontiveros was supported for her acting career by her husband Elias Ontiveros. Image Source: The Famous People.

After her marriage, the couple moved to California so that her husband’s dream of an automotive business could be fulfilled. Undoubtedly, the couple was very supportive of each other. This can be justified by the fact that her husband motivated her to start her stage and screen career.

Cause Of Death

Sadly, Lupe Ontiveros passed away on July 26, 2012, at the age of 69 at Presbyterian Hospital in Whittier, California. Shockingly, she had a battle with liver cancer. Her funeral was carried out the next day. During her funeral, her casket was carried to and buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.

Lupe Ontiveros died in a hospital

Lupe Ontiveros passed away after a battle with liver cancer. Image Source: TMZ.

Facts About Lupe Ontiveros

  • Two of Lupe’s three sons are hearing-impaired.
  • She was an advocate for those whose hearing was impaired.
  • Ontiveros was one of the founding board members of Latino Theater Company situated in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Lupe worked in her mother’s factory as a young woman.
  • She was a student of psychology and social work. She later took part in events in the form of a student of the latter.
  • Until she kickstarted her acting career in the 1970s, she was a social worker

Definitely, Lupe Ontiveros was a very successful professional in her business as an actress. Among the Latino people, she was considered to be a very influential person. Hence, she worked very hard in order to raise the well-being of the Latino community in the US who were in the underprivileged class.

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