Carmen Zapata, who passed away on 5 January 2014 (aged 86) was a veteran actress of over 100 screen appearances. Her big screen credits include the hit 1992 movie Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg. On television Zapata appeared in 34 episodes of the US TV series Santa Barbara as well as such primetime favourites as Flamingo Road, Archie Bunker's Place, Fantasy Island, Matt Houston, Trapper John, M.D., Married with Children and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She also gave her voice to Batman: The Animated Series as Judge Maria Vargas.
In 1972, Zapata co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Ricardo Montalban, Edith Diaz and Henry Darrow.