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Actress Elizabeth Peña Dies At 55

The actress who appeared in such films as La Bamba and The Incredibles died in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Actress Elizabeth Peña, known for her roles in La Bamba, Rush Hour, and the voice of Mirage in The Incredibles, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.

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The news was delivered by her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, who published her obituary on Wednesday. She died after "a brief illness," reports the Los Angeles Times.

The veteran actress had just wrapped filming the first season of her latest series Matador for the El Rey Network, where she played Maritza, the protagonist's mother.

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She also had a recurring guest spot on Modern Family, playing Sofia Vergara's mother, Pilar, in the show.

Peña's career began in 1978 when she starred in León Ichaso's slice-of-life film El Super about Cuban exiles living in New York.

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Her 40-year acting career includes roles in popular films like *batteries not included, Tortilla Soup, Nothing Like The Holidays, Jacob's Ladder, and Lone Star. She also had roles in television including L.A. Law, I Married Dora, Resurrection Blvd., and Boston Public.

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My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena –ZS

Zoe Saldana@zoesaldanaFollow

My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena –ZS

5:10 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena...you paved the way for so many of us!! http://t.co/IiGf6JuxGf

Eva Longoria@EvaLongoriaFollow

Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena...you paved the way for so many of us!! http://t.co/IiGf6JuxGf

5:41 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Elizabeth Pe༚. I was a fan since the days of I Married Dora & loved her in Jacob's Ladder & more recently Matador/Modern Family.

Orlando Jones@TheOrlandoJonesFollow

RIP Elizabeth Pe?. I was a fan since the days of I Married Dora & loved her in Jacob's Ladder & more recently Matador/Modern Family.

5:41 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So devastated to hear about the passing of Elizabeth Pena. A lovely friend and wonderful actress. She will be truly missed.

Robert Rodriguez@RodriguezFollow

So devastated to hear about the passing of Elizabeth Pena. A lovely friend and wonderful actress. She will be truly missed.

5:47 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#ElizabethPena R.I.P one those super rare talents and great human being! She will be immortalized in #sueno and #nothingLIKEtheHolidays!

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#ElizabethPena R.I.P one those super rare talents and great human being! She will be immortalized in #sueno and #nothingLIKEtheHolidays!

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5:41 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Elizabeth Pe༚ was wonderful in everything she did. She shone so bright. An incredibly gifted actress. I loved her. Rest in Peace.

Martha Plimpton@MarthaPlimptonFollow

Elizabeth Pe? was wonderful in everything she did. She shone so bright. An incredibly gifted actress. I loved her. Rest in Peace.

5:10 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So sorry to hear about Elizabeth Pena, a fine actress and a terrific person. RIP.

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So sorry to hear about Elizabeth Pena, a fine actress and a terrific person. RIP.

4:32 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Elizabeth Pena was wonderful in "Lone Star," "Tortilla Soup," many other films. Played Gloria's mom on @ModernFam. Rest in peace.

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Elizabeth Pena was wonderful in "Lone Star," "Tortilla Soup," many other films. Played Gloria's mom on @ModernFam. Rest in peace.

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6:12 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Elizabeth Pena...a ferociously funny, fierce and singular actress. A beautiful woman who has gone way too soon... I miss you already - RIP

Debra Messing@DebraMessingFollow

Elizabeth Pena...a ferociously funny, fierce and singular actress. A beautiful woman who has gone way too soon... I miss you already - RIP

6:47 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena.

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The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena.

6:38 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Elizabeth Pena , May your beautiful soul " Rest in Peace " with love and respect

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Elizabeth Pena , May your beautiful soul " Rest in Peace " with love and respect

7:21 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Peña is survived by her husband, her mother, and two teenage children.

Peña's La Bamba co-star Lou Diamond Phillips posted the following tweets:

I am stunned and heartbroken, just found out about the passing of my friend Elizabeth Pena. She was such a Life Force it's hard to believe.

Lou Diamond Phillips@LouDPhillipsFollow

I am stunned and heartbroken, just found out about the passing of my friend Elizabeth Pena. She was such a Life Force it's hard to believe.

6:35 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Elizabeth was not only an amazing actress, she was one of the most vibrant, wonderful people I have ever known. My prayers to her family.

Lou Diamond Phillips@LouDPhillipsFollow

Elizabeth was not only an amazing actress, she was one of the most vibrant, wonderful people I have ever known. My prayers to her family.

6:38 PM - 15 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite