The veteran character actress and co-founder of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in LA died Sunday in her Van Nuys home. Carmen Zapata was 86. During a career spanning six decades, she appeared in films including Sister Act and its sequel, dozens of TV shows and on Broadway during the original 1940s run of Oklahoma! She was a regular on the NBC soap Santa Barbara during the 1980s and on the 1976 series Viva Valdez and played the mayor for nine seasons on PBS’ bilingual kids show Villa Alegre. Her long list of TV credits include Bonanza; The Mod Squad; Adam-12; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Love, American Style; The Streets of San Francisco; The White Shadow; Trapper John, M.D.; Married … With Children; and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The New York native received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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