Spanish actress Amparo Soler Leal has died at the age of 80.

The veteran star passed away in Barcelona on Friday (25Oct13) after a long period of ill health.

Soler Leal rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a stage and screen actress and was known for her work with director Luis Garcia Berlanga, teaming up for a slew of projects, such as 1961's Placido, La Escopeta Nacional in 1978, and 1993's critically-acclaimed comedy Todos a la carcel.

Her filmography also includes 1976's Retrato de Familia with Antonio Gimenez-Rico, and Pedro Almodovar's 1984 comedy drama What Have I Done to Deserve This?.

She was married to actor and theatre director Adolfo Marsillach from 1954 and 1956, and was the widow of producer Alfredo Matas, who died in 1996.