Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Elizabeth Peña - May You Rest in Peace

Last October, talented actress Elizabeth Peña passed away at age 55. Without going into sad details, I will tell you that this Cuban born actress graced the US entertainment industry for 35 years. She even took a few forays into television directing.

One can only wonder what else she might have accomplished had she lived another twenty years, or even just one more decade.

I first noted this cinematic treasure in the movie “Jacob’s Ladder”. Ms. Peña’s performance inspired me to name a pet cat after her character. The woman’s smoky voice and petite yet mighty presence come to mind clearly as if I watched the film right this minute. Meanwhile, my feline Jezebel’s large attitude emitted from her small, smoke-gray form seems to pay that performance unique homage.

Somehow I never discovered Ms. Peña’s many other large and small screen appearances beyond that 1990 theater release. Clearly some research needs done, whether I seek older releases or those most recent. The majority should be available in some form or another. I’m sure seeing her would be delightful.

If you are a long-time cinefile like me, what favorite character sticks with you?

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9 comments:

  1. Hi Darla
    just followed you over from Dublin housewife's blog, Thought I'd say hello
    fellow A-Z Blogger
    Kim from Australia

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  2. Hi Darla
    just followed you over from Dublin housewife's blog, Thought I'd say hello
    fellow A-Z Blogger
    Kim from Australia

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  3. Thank you for this tribute.

    My favorite character? I'm not sure I have just one. I love Peter O'Toole, and he has some really memorable characters.

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    1. Peter O'Toole is awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Popped over to say 'Hi' and one of my favs was Katherine Hepburn "Lion In Winter"

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    1. Hi! Oh, excellent choice. Thanks for taking time.

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  5. Thank you for your post about the life and art of Elizabeth Peña. Cuban artists and actresses are of great interest to me. Now I want to view Ms. Peña's films.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. The Cubans strike me as a lovely people, both outside and in. ~grin~ Best wishes!

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