Mexican actress Irma Lozano died of cancer on Monday, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal. She was 69.
Lozano is best known as the Spanish dubbed voice for the female genie in the popular 60s television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. She also had roles in several hit telenovelas, including Rubi, Un Gancho al Corazón, and Destilando Amor.
According to the Huffington Post, the actress was diagnosed with cancer after a dentist appointment earlier this year. She visited for a toothache, but the routine appointment went awry when the dentist discovered a tumor in her cheek. It was later discovered that the tumor had already spread throughout her body, and she was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer.
Her struggle with the disease was intensified by a battle against Mexico’s National Actor’s Association (ANDA), headed by actress Silvia Pinal, which Lozano claimed failed to help her pay for medical expenses. Pinal insists that the associate helped the actress as much as was possible.
Lozano was born on Aug. 24, 1944 in Monterrey, Nuevo León as Susana Irma Lozano González. She married actor José Alonso, and had one daughter María Rebeca. With her second husband, Omar González, she had her son, actor Rafael Omar.