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?