Ana Ofelia Murguía, the Mexican actress who voiced great-grandmother Mama Coco in the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar animation Coco, has died at the age of 90.
He had a prominent role in the film about a Mexican boy who crosses into the Land of the Dead, uncovering family secrets while trying to become a musician.
The film highlights the Day of the Dead and celebrates Mexican culture.
The National Institute of Fine Arts and Letters said his career was “important for the Mexican performing arts”.
One of Coco’s most memorable moments is the scene where Mama Coco and her great-grandson Miguel sing Remember Me together.
He sings: “Even if I’m far away, I still hold you in my heart,” and he sings along: “Until you’re in my arms again… Remember me.”
The film is set during the Day of the Dead festival held annually in South American countries, including Mexico, to celebrate the cycle of life and death.
Large parades are held and people often paint their faces to look like skulls, remembering friends and family who have died and passed away in the afterlife.
“It is with deep sadness that we regret the sensitive death of the outstanding actress Ana Ofelia Murguía, who was part of the regular cast of the Mexican National Theater Company, and whose artistic career was of great importance for the Mexican performing arts,” the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts and Letters added.
Born in Mexico in 1933, Murguía won a special lifetime achievement award Golden Ariel in 2011 at a ceremony recognizing the best of the Mexican cinema industry.
He shared the award, for a career spanning more than 40 years on stage, film and television, with director and writer Jorge Fons.
She also won best supporting actress at the Ariel awards in 1979, 1986 and 1996 for films including 1994’s La Reina de la Noche (The Queen of the Night), about a female cabaret artist who changes careers in Mexico after leaving Berlin after an incident. with the Nazis.
Celebrating Coco’s double Oscar win in 2018 for best animated film and best original song, one of its producers, Lee Unkrich, said a huge thank you goes to Mexico and that the film wouldn’t exist without its “incredibly beautiful culture and traditions.” .
“With Coco, we are trying to take a step forward towards a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in films who look and talk and live like them,” he told the audience.
“Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation is important.”