Manny P. here…
“`Miriam Colón appeared in films alongside Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. She founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York, where she helped cultivate aspiring Latino actors and writers, and staged work that went into production across the Americas.
“`Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colón participated in the theater during her school years, and was allowed to audit classes in the drama department at University of Puerto Rico before she graduated from high school. She came to New York in the 1950s to study at the Actors Studio. She eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she earned roles in over 90 films and 250 television episodes.
“`On the big screen, she co-starred in One-Eyed Jacks, Thunder Island, The Appaloosa, and the remake of Scarface. Her signature performance came late in her career was the title role in Bless Me Ultima. Colón earned global acclaim as a New Mexico Hispanic healer in the movie based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya.
“`She was prolific on the small screen, guest-starring in episodes of Gunsmoke, Laramie, The Virginian, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, Sanford & Son, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun Will Travel, Death Valley Days, L.A. Law, Highway to Heaven, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Murder She Wrote, The Fugitive, N.Y.P.D. Blue, and Cosby. Miriam also had parts in Daytime Soaps, including on All My Children, One Life to Live, The Guiding Light, and The Edge of Night.
“`In 1993, Miriam Colón was given the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. Colón received the Raul Julia Founder’s Award, presented by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. She was presented the National Medal of Arts by President Obama for her work as an actress and theater founder.
“`Considered la gran madre in cinema, Miriam Colón –> was 80.
Until next time> “never forget”