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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Lupe Ontiveros
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

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Lupe Ontiveros is a 30-year veteran of the stage, film, and television. But the résumé of this Mexican American comedic actress reflects the limitations placed on Latino talent — over the course of her career, Ontiveros has portrayed a maid more than 150 times! In this interview with critic Ilan Stavans, the star of Real Women Have Curves, El Norte, and Desperate Housewives reflects on her life as a wife and mother, her career, and the challenges of fame.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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