Carmen Salinas, ‘On Fire’ telenovela star, dies at 82

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Spanish-language television star, who also had roles in Miami Vice and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, dies of complications of cancer

Carmen Salinas, an actress best known for portraying a woman addicted to marijuana in the 1980s telenovela Man on Fire, has died at the age of 82.

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The star died of complications from cancer at a hospice in Hollywood, according to her son. The three-time Emmy nominee had been recovering at a hospital in California for more than a month before her death.

The actress, born Carmen Cortez, also had roles in Miami Vice, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Las Vegas.

During her career, Salinas and her two brothers appeared in The Godfather movies, kissing Marlon Brando. She was born to a Mexican-American family in Tijuana.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Salinas was already a well-known television star and soap opera actress in Mexico when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in American television.

In addition to Man on Fire, the actress is best known for her television role as a tortured virgin woman in Grey’s Anatomy.

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