Mexican actress Ana Ofelia Murguía, acclaimed for her portrayal of Mama Coco in Disney’s “Coco,” has passed away at the age of 90, as announced by a Mexican state arts organization on Sunday.
Murguía, a luminary in the realms of film, theater, and television, garnered numerous accolades throughout her illustrious career. The National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature expressed profound sorrow at the loss, acknowledging her pivotal role in shaping the performing arts landscape in Mexico as a part of the National Theater Company.
In recognition of her four decades of contributions to the stage and screen, Murguía was honored with the prestigious Golden Ariel Award for lifetime achievement in 2011, a distinction shared with celebrated director Jorge Fons in the Mexican film industry.
Having earned six nominations at the Ariel Awards for best supporting actress, Murguía secured victories in 1979, 1986, and 1996. Notably, she holds the record for the most nominations without a win for Best Actress at the Ariel Awards.
Internationally, Murguía is widely recognized for her portrayal of the elderly great-grandmother Mama Coco in Disney Pixar’s animated masterpiece “Coco.” The Oscar-winning film, delving into Mexican folklore, spirituality, and Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), captivated audiences with its heartfelt narrative, cultural authenticity, and visually stunning elements.
Released in 2018, “Coco” garnered both critical acclaim and commercial success, ultimately clinching the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, solidifying Murguía’s legacy in the world of cinema.