Miriam Colon: 1936-2017

colonMiriam Colón, one of the most celebrated actresses ever to come out of Puerto Rico, has died. A screen mainstay from the late 1950s through her recent triumph, “Bless Me, Ultima,” she was 80 years old.

colon2She worked with Brando (“One-Eyed Jacks”) and did the occasional film. But the lady lived her life on the TV — scads of roles, from “Mike Hammer” and “Have Gun-Will Travel” in the late 50s and early 60s, through “Sanford and Son” and “Law and Order” and on and on. President Obama gave her the National Medal for the Arts.

I interviewed Ms. Colón when “Ultima” came out. A grand character actress who got a moment in the sun late in life. RIP.

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