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‘Modern Family’ Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55

Versatile actress Elizabeth Peña, best known for her stellar work in the movie “Lone Star” and a comedic turn in “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55.

‘Modern Family’ Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55
Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, said in a statement on Wednesday that the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Peña had a long career, starring in movies such as "La Bamba," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour."
Her most memorable performance was in the John Sayles drama "Lone Star," portraying a history teacher who rekindles a romance with an old flame, played by Chris Cooper.
She appeared in numerous TV shows, including "L.A. Law," I Married Dora" and "Modern Family," in which she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.
The actress also did vocal work for Pixar's "The Incredibles," the "Justice League" cartoon series and Seth MacFarlane's "American Dad."
Peña most recently appeared in the El Rey Network drama "Matador."
She is survived by her husband and two children.