The beloved and legendary telenovela actress Irma Lozano died of cancer on Monday, Mexican newspaper El Universal reports. She was 69.
Earlier this year, the Mexican star visited her dentist after experiencing a toothache that was quickly discovered to be a cancerous tumor in her cheek that had already begun to spread through her body. Lozano was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer.
The actress’ struggle with the disease was heightened by her fight against Mexico’s ANDA (National Actor’s Association), chaired by Mexican actress Silvia Pinal. Lozano said ANDA was not helping her with her medical expenses.
Silvia Pinal, however, said the association was helping the actress as much as it could.
Susana Irma Lozano González was born on Aug. 24, 1944 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. She was married to actor José Alonso, with whom she had her daughter, actress María Rebeca. With her second husband, Omar González, she had her son, actor Rafael Omar.
As a teenager, Lozano won a scholarship to study acting at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She debuted in the 1963 play “La Luna Es Azul” with Mauricio Garcés.
The star was also known as the Spanish dubbed voice for the female genie in “"I Dream of Jeannie" and for her roles in several hit telenovelas, including “Rubí," "Un Gancho al Corazón" and "Destilando Amor."