Lupe started out her career as a social worker. She moved to L.A. (from Texas) to do social work. In L.A. in the 1970's Lupe joined the Latino Theater Company and began acting. Lupe soon moved on to many roles in T.V. and movies. Lupe often was cast…more
She produced Una Vez Al Ano Para Toda Una Vida an award-winning educational film in Spanish. It focused on the need for awareness regarding breast cancer in Latinas.
She received an award from the National Board of Review and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Beverly Franco.
Lupe won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting Real Women Have Curves in 2002 and a National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Chuck & Buck in 2000. Lupe was also nominated for an Emmy from her work on Desperate Housewives.
Lupe will show her softer side in PBS's new animated series Maya and Miguel, playing a character named Abuelita.
Not only did Lupe play Claire in 2006's Universal Signs, but she also helped produce it.
In 2000 Lupe in was in five movies. they are Strippers as credit message, Picking Up The Pieces as Constanicia, Luminarius as Tia Tonia, Chuck and Buck as Beverly Franco, and The Egg Plant Lady as Connie.
Lupe has been in many TV movies including Testing Bob (2005) as the secretery, A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006) as Mami, and Mr. St. Nick (2002) as Tia Sophia.
Lupe has made three movies in 2006 including Tortilla Heaven where she plays Adelfa.
Lupe is only 4' 11".
As of 2006 she is living in Pico Rivera, California.
In 1981 Lupe played Dolores in Zoot Suit.
In 1978 Lupe was in the movies California Suite and The Big Fix.
One of Lupe's first movies was The World's Greatest Lover
She was nominated for an Emmy.
Curently she is working on three movies in post-production: Waiting for the Son (2007) as CiCi, Universal Signs (2006) as Claire, and Shut In (2006)as Grace.
Two of her three sons are hearing impaired.
She is best known in the Latino community for her portrayal of Yolanda Saldivar, the murderer of Selena in the movie Selena, and to Anglo audiences as Rosalita the housekeeper on The Goonies.
She estimates she has played a maid in at least 150 films or plays. She even narrated a documentary, "Maid in America".
Lupe has three sons.
She is married to Elias Ontiveros.
Her trademark is playing housekeepers and maids.