As a young Hispanic actress, Elizabeth Peña was struggling through the usual roles in ethnic indie films. Then she managed an impressive turn as a politically minded maid in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), followed by the unexpected success of the Richie Valens biopic La Bamba (1987). Suddenly, Elizabeth was the hottest Latina actress in film history. That didn't last long, though, as Hollywood's big vision for Elizabeth involved casting her as a maid on the 1987 sitcom I Married Dora. That halted her rising star, but nothing could tone down Elizabeth's extreme sex appeal. Peña got us popping with skinematic turns in Jacob's Ladder (1990) and Across the Moon (1994) and then matured into MILFdom in The Pass (1998). She still steals the occasional hit, such as Rush Hour (1998), but she relies on the indie world to give her the occasional starring role in films such as Lone Star (1996).