Tags: elizabeth pena | dies | modern family | actress

Elizabeth Pena Dies: 'Modern Family' Actress Was 55

By    |   Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 10:10 AM

Elizabeth Pena, the Cuban-American actress who played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character on "Modern Family," died this week. She was 55.

Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness, according to The Associated Press. No other details were provided.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Cuban immigrant parents, Pena's Hollywood career spanned four decades and included roles in such movies as "La Bamba," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Jacob's Ladder," and "Rush Hour." In filmmaker John Sayles' "Lone Star," she memorably portrayed a history teacher who rekindles a romance with an old flame, played by Chris Cooper.

Pena appeared on such TV shows as "L.A. Law," "Dream On," "Resurrection Blvd.," and "Modern Family."

She starred in the 1980s sitcom "I Married Dora" in the titular role as a housekeeper from El Salvador who weds her employer to avoid deportation.

Pena also provided her voice to Disney-Pixar's "The Incredibles," the "Justice League" cartoon series and Seth MacFarlane's "American Dad."

Pena most recently appeared on the El Rey Network drama "Matador."

"She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word," the network said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Elizabeth's family and friends during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed."

She is survived by her husband, two children, mother, and sister.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Elizabeth Pena, the Cuban-American actress who played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character on "Modern Family," died this week. She was 55.
elizabeth pena, dies, modern family, actress
235
2014-10-16
Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 10:10 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved