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Edith Diaz
Edith Diaz
Edith Diaz appears as Sarafina, the pregnant wife of Carlos Mendoza, a janitor in the Freidman Bldg. in the Season 2 "AITF" episode "The Elevator Story".
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born: (1949-10-23)October 23, 1949
Birthplace: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Died: December 19, 2009(2009-12-19) (aged 60)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active: 1970-2008
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: "The Elevator Story" in Season 2
Character played: Sarafina Mendoza
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Edith Diaz (October 23, 1949 - December 19, 2009) was a Puerto Rican-born American actress. Diaz, known for roles in film, TV and the stage, co-founded the Screen Actors Guild's Ethnic Minorities Committee in 1972.[1] Edith makes an appearance in Season 2 of All in the Family as Sarafina Mendoza, the pregnant wife of Carlos Mendoza, janitor/building manager in the episode "The Elevator Story".


Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Edith studied under noted acting teacher, Stella Adler, and at the Actors Studio in New York City. Her film credits included Born on the Fourth of July in 1989, Sister Act in 1992, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993, Nick of Time in 1995, First Watch in 2003 and Oh Baby! in 2008.

On television, Diaz appeared in the short-lived 1975-76 CBS television series, Popi, which starred Hector Elizondo, with whom she appeared as his wife in the Season 2 episode "The Elevator Story". Popi which aired on CBS for 11 episodes, was one of the first television series on American network television to feature a Hispanic theme and cat. Her other television credits included guest roles on St. Elsewhere, and The Twilight Zone. In 1991, she played Desi Arnaz's mother, Dolores (Mother Arnaz), in the television movie, Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, on CBS.[1]

Also appeared in a Hawaii Five-0 (the original show, as both Rita Salazar and Maria Ramos) in the episode "A Bullet for El Diablo" (first aired 11-13-73).[1]

Diaz co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minorities Committee in 1972 with Henry Darrow, Carmen Zapata and Ricardo Montalban.

Edith Diaz died of heart failure on December 19, 2009, at a nursing home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 60.[2] She was survived by her sister, Nilsa; brother, Arcadio Diaz Quinones; two nephews and four nieces.[1] Actress Miluka Rivera, who serves on the SAG Ethnic Minorities Committee called Diaz a "gifted performer, a union Latino rights activist and a loving friend."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Actress Edith Diaz dies at 70; Credits include 'Sister Act' films and CBS' 'Popi' sitcom", Hollywood Reporter, 2010-02-08. Retrieved on 2010-03-18.  [dead link]
  2. "PASSINGS: Jimmy Wyble, Edith Diaz", Los Angeles Times, 2010-01-25. Retrieved on 2010-03-23. 

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