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Stars Mourn the Passing of Elizabeth Peña: Sofía Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zoe Saldana and More

16 October 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hollywood continues to mourn the loss of actress Elizabeth Peña, who passed away at the age of 55 on Tuesday.  The late thesp, who the most recently played Sofía Vergara's mother on ABC's Emmy-winning series Modern Family, is believed to have died of natural causes after a brief illness.  "She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word," the network said in a statement to E! News. "She will be deeply missed." Peña's career spanned over 40 years in Tinseltown. Her resume included notable roles in The Incredibles, Jacobs Ladder, Transamerica, Lone Star, and La Bamba in »

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Modern Family Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

16 October 2014 6:46 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Actress Elizabeth Peña has passed away at the age of 55. The star's death was confirmed by her manager, Gina Rugolo, who said that she had passed away from natural causes after a brief illness. Elizabeth has been acting since the late '70s and had roles in Lone Star, The Incredibles, and Modern Family, where she played Sofia Vergara's onscreen mother. Several of Elizabeth's friends and costars have sent out messages following the news of her death, including Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, and Sofia. "@SteveLevitan: We were so sad to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Pena. A member of our Family, she will be missed. #RIPElizabethPena"Rip — Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) October 16, 2014 My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena –Zs — Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 16, 2014 Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena...you paved the way for so many of us!! http://t. »

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Elizabeth Pena, La Bamba Actress, Dead at Age 55 After Brief Illness

16 October 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena, who is known for her roles in La Bamba, Lone Star, The Incredibles, and Rush Hour, has passed away at the age of 55, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. Pena died after a brief illness. In a statement from El Rey, the network tells Us: "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." Pena had recently completed work on El Rey's [...] »

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Elizabeth Pena 'Modern Family' Actress, Dies At 55

15 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Elizabeth Peña, the TV and movie actress, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. She was 55.

Elizabeth Peña Dies

Peña’s manager confirmed her untimely death to CNN. Details on the illness that took her life have not been revealed.

On Modern Family, Peña proved to be a scene stealer playing the mom of Gloria (Sofia Vergara), Pilar, in the show’s 2013 season. She’s also had memorable guest-starring roles on Major Crimes, Prime Suspect, Ghost Whisperer, Without a Trace, NCIS and more. Peña’s most recent leading role on a TV show was as Maritza Sandoval in Matador.

Peña, who had her first film role in 1979, has been in tens of moves. Over the decades, she’s appeared in They All Laughed, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Rush Hour, Tortilla Soup and voiced the part of Mirage in The Incredibles. »

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Modern Family Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55

15 October 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Actress Elizabeth Peña has passed away from natural causes at the age of 55, CNN reports. Peña had a prolific acting career that spanned more than three decades, starring in features such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Jacob’s Ladder, Lone Star, La Bamba, Rush Hour, and The Incredibles. Most recently she was seen playing the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria on Modern Family. Today, her co-stars and other admirers in the Hollywood community took to Twitter to pay their respects:. »

- Anna Silman

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Modern Family actress Elizabeth Peña dies, aged 55

15 October 2014 7:52 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hollywood actress Elizabeth Peña had died, aged 55.

Peña's nephew Mario-Francisco Robles confirmed that she passed away on Tuesday (October 14) in an obituary for Latino Review.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Peña appeared in a number of movies and television roles after her big break in Spanish-language film El Super.

She went on to star in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba and Blue Steel in the '80s, before making noteworthy appearances in Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder, Resurrection Blvd and also voicing Mirage in The Incredibles.

More recently, Peña played Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) mother in Modern Family and finished up work on El Rey Network's action series Matador.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña," the El Rey Network said in a statement.

"She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. »

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Actress Elizabeth Pena Dead At 55

15 October 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Pena, best known for her roles in 'Rush Hour', 'Modern Family', 'Lone Star', and 'The Matador', passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Actress Elizabeth Pena, most recently seen on the crime drama series Matador on the El Rey Network, has died at the age of 55.

The news of Pena's passing came from her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles, a writer for Latino Review, who posted an obituary on the site.

According to Robles, Pena passed away on Tuesday after being admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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No information regarding the actress' cause of death has yet been released.

During her decades-long career, Pena appeared in a number of huge projects including, the 1990 psychological horror drama Jacob's Ladder, the 1996 crime drama Lone Star, the 1998 action comedy Rush Hour, and Pixar's The Incredibles (voicing the sinister and seductive Mirage).

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Modern Family and Lone Star Actress Elizabeth Peña Dies at 55

15 October 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

La Bamba and Lone Star actress Elizabeth Peña has died. She was 55. Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided. Peña's career spanned four decades and included roles in films like Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder and Free Willy 2. She also appeared on such TV shows as L.A. Law, Dream On, Resurrection Blvd. and Modern Family, where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria. She also provided her voice to The Incredibles, the Justice League cartoon series and American Dad. Peña recently »

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Elizabeth Pena Dies: Actress In ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Matador,’ ‘La Bamba’

15 October 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena died October 14 of natural causes after brief illness. She was 55.

Pena received an Independent Spirit Award for her work in John Sayles’ Lone Star. She was perhaps best known for her roles in La Bamba and Down And Out In Beverly Hills, and for a recurring role in Modern Family as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara‘s character. She also recently played the mother of the principal character in the recently wrapped first season of El Rey Network‘s Matador, and recently appeared in TNT’s Major Crimes.

The El Rey Network issued a statement about Pena’s death: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña. 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. »

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Elizabeth Peña, Actress With Roles on Modern Family and Matador, Dead at 55

15 October 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Elizabeth Peña, whose TV career included roles on Modern Family and Matador, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 55.

Peña’s nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles, confirmed her death in an obituary he penned for Latino-Review.

Her most recent role was that of Maritza, mother of the title character on El Rey’s Matador. She also played Gloria’s mother, Pilar, in two episodes of Modern Family.

Peña’s career spanned nearly four decades and included stints on series like Major Crimes, Off the MapResurrection Blvd., and NCIS. She also led her own short-lived comedy, I Married Dora, »

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Elizabeth Pena, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

15 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Pena’s career spanned nearly 40 years.  She began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included,” starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora” and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” where she voices Mirage.

Pena also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey  Network’s “Matador, »

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Elizabeth Peña, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

15 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elizabeth Peña, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 in Los Angeles after suffering from a brief illness, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55 and had a career that spanned four decades.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Peña began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included”; starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora”; and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” voicing Mirage.

Peña also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey Network’s “Matador, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

15 October 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Actress Elizabeth Pena Has Died

15 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actress Elizabeth Pena reportedly passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, at the age of 55.

The New Jersey born, Cuban immigrant-raised actress had a career that spanned nearly forty years. She appeared in numerous films including "Jacob's Ladder," "La Bamba," "Rush Hour," "Batteries Not Included," "Blue Steel" and voiced the character Mirage in "The Incredibles".

On TV she starred in ABC's "I Married Dora," voiced a role on the animated series "Justice League" and "American Dad," and recently wrapped work on El Rey's "Matador".

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

Source: Variety »

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Elizabeth Pena Dead -- 'La Bamba' Actress Dies At 55

15 October 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Elizabeth Pena -- who starred in a number of TV shows and films including "La Bamba" and "Rush Hour" ... has died. She was 55.Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The cause of death was not disclosed.Pena -- whose Hollywood career spanned almost 40 years -- most recently had a recurring role on "Modern Family" as the mother to Sofia Vergara's character ... and recently completed work on the TV series "Matador."She also starred »

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Director James Ford Murphy Talks Lava, How to Make a Short Film at Pixar, Being Paired with Inside Out, His Contributions to Cars, The Incredibles and More

15 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Inside Out is Pixar’s next highly anticipated release, but it’s also paired with a brand new Pixar short film that’s a must see, James Ford Murphy’s directorial debut, Lava.  The piece focuses on a lonely volcano out in the middle of the sea who’s just looking for someone to love, or rather, lava.  And it’s no wonder John Lasseter went with the idea when Murphy pitched him three options; for a mere seven-minute piece, Lava is extremely moving and the song is quite catchy, too. While talking to Murphy about Lava, he broke down the process of how to pitch ideas at Pixar, what it’s like bringing an immobile volcano to life, his thoughts on screening before Inside Out and loads more.  Catch it all in the video interview after the jump.  Lava will hit theaters with Insider Out on June 19, 2015.  James Ford Murphy »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Brad Bird Said No To Star Wars: Episode VII, And Here's Why

14 October 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the run up to the beginning of production on Star Wars: Episode VII, there were a lot of names thrown about for the prime spot in the director's chair. Among the shortlist of favorites, though, was frequent Pixar collaborator and uber geek at heart Brad Bird, but alas that was not to be, as Bird had passed up the opportunity to restart the engines and head on out to that famous galaxy far, far away. Only today, however, do we now know what was so important that the director of The Incredibles turned down the opportunity to play with lightsabers, and it all comes down to one thing: Tomorrowland. MTV had an opportunity to talk with Bird at New York Comic Con this past weekend, and the discussion of why he had passed up the golden opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode VII came up, as you would expect »

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Brad Bird on Wanting to Direct Tomorrowland and Star Wars

14 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Back in the days when Disney and Lucasfilm were still looking for a director to take on the task of directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Brad Bird was being considered. He is the guy who brought us such films as The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He was in the running up until the point he decided to bow out to put all of his efforts into developing the sci-fi adventure film Tomorrowland

MTV caught up with the director at New York Comic Con this last weekend and he talked about why he took himself out of the running for Star Wars: Episode VII saying:

“We were already deeply into ['Tomorrowland']. George [Clooney] had committed to it, and we were down the road a bit. For a moment there, I thought that it would work out to do this and go right into ['Episode VII']. It was supposed to be summer of this coming year. »

- Joey Paur

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Brad Bird talks about why he chose Tomorrowland over Star Wars

14 October 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

In the early days of Star Wars: Episode VII when we had no director, there was a lot of talk about Brad Bird taking the reigns and for good reason. Having directed some of the best Pixar films in The Incredibles and Ratatouille and one hell of a popcorn flick in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird had worked with Disney and was also a fan favorite. Alas, it was not meant to be as he had decided to stick with Tomorrowland rather than venture to a galaxy far, far away. The reasoning »

- Sean Wist

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Brad Bird Talks Turning Down "Star Wars"

13 October 2014 6:46 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Brad Bird helmed three acclaimed animated movies ("The Iron Giant," "Ratatouille," "The Incredibles") and made the transition to live-action with the excellent "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol".

His next film is the George Clooney-led "Tomorrowland" which opens next May, but at one time there was talk of him being linked to take the helm "Star Wars: Episode VII". Speaking with MTV, Bird said there was a brief possibility at one time but he couldn't do it and make "Tomorrowland" as good as he could make it:

"We were already deeply into this [Tomorrowland] and it was down the road a bit. For a moment there I thought it would work out to do this and go right into it [Star Wars].

What wouldn't work... it [Star Wars] was supposed to be the Summer of that coming year [2015] and there was no way to make that schedule and give this film [Tomorrowland] the attention that it deserved. »

- Garth Franklin

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