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Jossara Jinaro, a veteran television actress, filmmaker, producer and SAG activist, died of cancer on April 27, according to a post on her Facebook page by her husband, Matt Bogado.
“With great sadness, I announce the passing of my wife, Jossara Jinaro on this date, April 27, 2022,” Bogado wrote. “Jossara bravely fought cancer and returned home surrounded by her family. Jossara was an amazing wife, mother, artist and friend. She had the most beautiful and kind soul and would not accept a refusal. Even in her final moments, she was still fighting. She now rests in peace and will be remembered forever. Me, Liam and Emrys will be deeply missed, even though we know she is in our hearts and that it guides us every step of the way.”
Bogado added that a public memorial service will be held in the Bay Area at some point.
Jinaro had a long career in Hollywood, appearing in various drama series, including “ER” (NBC, 1994-2009), “Judging Amy” (CBS, 1999-2005), and “Strong Medicine” (Lifetime, 1999-2005) .
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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she grew up in Colombia as the adopted daughter of a diplomat. When her stepfather was taken hostage by guerrillas, the family moved to the United States
Leaving home at 16, she moved to Chicago and quickly signed with her first agent, who involved her in stage work. Her powerful presence led another agent to suggest a move to Los Angeles, where she soon went to work with Columbia Tri-Star to play Virginia Bustos in the Alma-nominated sitcom “Viva Vegas.”
She made her television debut on “Judging Amy” as the daughter of Cheech Marin, then followed up with “ER.”
Her role in ‘Passions’ was nominated for a 2006 GLAAD award. She returned to Colombia in 2009 to work on the short story ‘La Bella Ceci y El Imprudente’ and then returned to Hollywood for the ‘East Los High’ series.
Jinaro began producing his own shorts, developing into a feature film that was accepted into Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program. She made the rounds of film festivals with “Desert Road Kill”, which won her the award for best actress in a supporting role.
His film resume included “Devil’s Rejects”, a film by Rob Zombie, “Havoc” with Anne Hathaway, “TenTricks” with Leah Thompson, “Fly Boys” with Stephen Baldwin, Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena and Lionsgate’s hip-hop film “Go For It!”
Survivors include her husband and two children.
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