The actress Ana Ofelia Murguía, who portrayed the crucial role of Mama Coco in Pixar’s symphonic fantasy Coco, has passed away. She was ninety years old. Her “artistic career was vital for the performing arts of Mexico,” according to the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature of Mexico, which verified the report on online platforms. Apart from her part in the Oscar-winning movie, Murguía had a distinguished career spanning more than seventy years in theatre, cinema, and broadcasting.
Murguía, who was born in Mexico in 1933, had her TV debut in the 1967 series La Tormenta. She proceeded on to make appearances in films such as Tear This Heart Out (2008), La Reina de la Noche (2008), Life Sentence (1979), and Mi querido Tom Mix (2008). Gregoria la cucharacha, Tric Trac, Uroboros, and Mozart in the Jungle are just a few of her televised accomplishments. In 2018, she made her last on-screen cameo in José José: El príncipe de la canción, where she played Abuela Carmelita.
Arguably the most well-known performance for Murguía is in the heartfelt finale of the Pixar movie Coco, which centres on a 12-year-old wannabe artist who defies his family’s hereditary prohibition on music by travelling to the Land of the Dead in search of his great-great-grandfather, a famous singer. In a poignant scene, Miguel shares an embrace with his great-grandmother, played by Murguía, while they sing the popular song from the movie, “Remember Me.” Murguía received the Ingmar Bergman Chair Medal in April 2023 in recognition of her achievements and dedication to the industry. Upon receiving her honor, Murguía declared to the assembly, “Acting has been the passion of my life, I have never worked to collect an award. I have always loved this career, which I found by pure fluke. I’m happy. I feel like a very lucky woman.”