Elizabeth Pena has died. She was a well known actress and director. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Down and Out in Beverly Hills and she was daughter of Estella Margarita (née Toirac), an arts administrator and producer, and Mario Peña, an actor, writer, and director who co-founded the Latin American Theatre Ensemble.
According to her nephew, Marino-Francisco Robles, the fifty five year old actress died in Los Angeles on October 14, 2014 following a brief illness. It was in 1978 started her career with her role in Leon Ichaso’s ”El Super’, then she moved onto to ‘Batteries Not Included’, an animated series ‘American Dad’, ‘I Married Dora’, ‘Rush Hour’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Modern Family’ in which she starred as Pilar, Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria’s mother.
It was just recently when she finished up filming the action series ‘Matador’ for the El Rey Network. They gave out the message that they are ”deeply saddened” by the loss of the actress.
They declared in a statement:
”We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Pena.
”She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends during this difficult time. She ?will be deeply missed.”
Penna leaves behind her two children and husband Hans Rolla to mourn for her.