Today’s interview: Miriam Colon of “Bless Me, Ultima”


You recognize the face, if not the name.

Miriam Colon has been active in film and TV since the 1950s. Being a native of Puerto Rico, that means she’s seen epic changes in the sorts of roles Latin actors are offered in Hollywood and even more dramatic changes in the country where Hollywood does most of its business.

She was in “Scarface” and a couple of John Sayles dramas — “City of Hope” and “Lone Star.” Scores and scores of credits, over the decades.

And she has the title role in the film of Rudolfo Anaya’s Chicano-lit breakthrough, “Bless Me Ultima,” playing an aged Mexican-American medicine woman who inspires fear, suspicion and contempt, even from her own family, which is quick to call on her services when a family member is “cursed” by local witches in 1944 New Mexico.

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