Growing up in East Los Angeles as an immigrant from Mexico, Josefina Lopez was undocumented for 13 years before receiving Amnesty in 1987 and eventually becoming a U.S. citizen in 1995. The threat of La Migra (I.C.E.) loomed over Josefina, her family, and her neighbors all through her childhood, and these experiences inspired her to write Real Women Have Curves. Before going to college, Lopez worked in a garment factory, and so the setting of the play comes from that time in her life. Real Women Have Curves was adapted into a film in 2002, directed by Patricia Cardoso and starring America Ferrera as Ana.
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