Miriam Colon, a pioneering Latina actress and icon in that acting scene, has died at the age of 80.
What was the cause of death?
The actress died of complications from a pulmonary infection, according to The Associated Press.
Colon played the role of Al Pacino’s mother in the film masterpiece, Scarface.
Her husband, Fred Valle, confirmed that Colon had died on March 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States in the 1960s to study acting. “She eventually founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York where she helped cultivate young Latino actors and writers,” the AP reported.
Tributes flowed into social media.
President Barack Obama awarded Colon the 2014 National Medal of Arts. According to The Associated Press, Colon was a “pioneering actress in U.S. Latino New York theater who starred in films alongside Marlon Brando.”
Colon was know for her community engagement as well as her acting. The Associated Press reported that she “founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York, where she helped cultivate young Latino actors and writers and staged work that would later be read in Latino Studies classes across the Americas.”
She appeared “in more than 90 films and more than 250 television episodes on programs including Bronco, Bonanza and Law & Order,” according to the AP.
Colon was married to her husband, Valle, for more than 40 years, according to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.