Category:20th-century Filipino actresses
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The following 98 pages are in this category, out of 98 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Nora Aunor – Nora Aunor is a Filipino actress, recording artist, and film producer. Aunor has also appeared in stage plays, television shows. She is known as Philippine cinemas Superstar and is regarded as the Peoples National Artist, the Hollywood reporter magazine, called her The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema for her brilliant performance in the movie Taklub. Aunor started her career in the Philippine entertainment industry as a singer after she won a singing contest. She made her debut with All Over the World and also guested in youth-oriented films produced by Vera-Perez Pictures. Aunor received 17 FAMAS Award nominations and was elevated to the Hall of Fame after winning five Best Actress Awards and she is the most nominated actress of Gawad Urian Awards with 20 nominations, winning seven. She has more nominations as Best Actress than any other Filipino actor in both FAMAS and Gawad Urian award giving bodies, in 1983, Aunor was recognized as one of the The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in the Field of the Arts. In 1999, Aunor received the Centennial Honor for the Arts awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and she was the only film actress included in the list of awardees. In 2010, she was hailed by the Green Planet Movie Awards as one of the 10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade and she received the Ani ng Dangal Award. From the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2013,2014 and 2016, in 2014, Aunor is the recipient of University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications, Gawad Plaridel. On September 17,2015, Aunor was conferred the Gawad CPP para sa Sining for Film and Broadcast Arts, Aunor was born in Baryo San Francisco, Iriga, Camarines Sur to Antonia Cabaltera and Eustacio Villamayor. She has nine siblings, including Eddie Villamayor, a former actor, when Nora was growing up, her grandmother taught her to sing, the first song she learned was The Way of a Clown. An aunt taught her diction, interpretation and expression while singing and took her under their custody, Nora became a champion at the Darigold Jamboree singing contest singing her winning piece You and the Night and the Music. After that she won another singing contest, The Liberty Big Show, Nora entered the national singing contest, Tawag ng Tanghalan, where she was defeated on her first try and became a champion on her second. The Grand National Finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan was on May 29,1967, Nora went to Mabini Memorial College when she was in grade I and transferred to Nichols Air Base Elementary School when she reached grade II. Aunor was married to award-winning actor Christopher de Leon on Jan,25,1975, in a civil ceremony. She and De León have one child, actor Ian de León in 1975, they also have adopted children Lotlot De Leon Matet de Leon, Kiko and she and her husband renewed their vows on January 27,1976, in a religious service officiated by Rev Alleysius Rodríguez. The couple separated, and their marriage was dissolved in 1996, Aunor became a permanent resident of the United States in 2008, but retains her Philippine citizenship
2. Nida Blanca – Dorothy Acueza Jones popularly known by her stage name Nida Blanca, was a Filipina actress. She starred in over 163 movies and 14 television shows and received over 16 awards for movies and she was named one of 15 Best Actresses of all Time by YES. magazine. She was stabbed to death in a parking lot in San Juan City on November 7,2001. Born as Dorothy Acueza Jones in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines to an American soldier father, actress Delia Razon successfully urged the head of LVN Pictures, Doña Sisang de Leon to hire Blanca. She was screen tested on October 6,1950 by LVN Pictures where she reigned as queen for more than a decade, in the movies, she has played everything from a guy-punching lesbian to a nun. She also starred in the hit TV comedy series, John En Marsha, in 1958, she appeared opposite her contemporary, noted singer/actress Sylvia La Torre, and Leroy Salvador, in the LVN movie Tuloy ang Ligaya. She separated from her first husband, Victorino Torres when their daughter Kaye was only two years old and she later married her second husband Roger Lawrence Strunk, an American singer and actor, known by his screen name, Rod Lauren in Las Vegas in 1979. She was an member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, attending screenings and rating movies twice a week. The prime suspect was Blancas husband Rod Strunk whom the prosecutors said had hired a hitman to kill her because Blanca had disinherited him from her will. Investigators found that Blanca had up to P85 million in properties, including a Greenhills, San Juan condominium worth P10 million, if Blanca had annulled her marriage, Strunk would get nothing. Medel recanted his testimony four days later claiming the police had tortured him into confessing, the prosecutors said medical examinations had found no evidence to back his claim of torture. Despite Medels recantation, Strunk remained the suspect according to Philippine prosecutors, based largely on circumstantial evidence. Strunk was in the U. S. in 2003 when he was charged with the murder of Blanca and he left the Philippines in January 2002 to visit his mother who was dying at the time and never returned. He was later arrested at his home and detained at the Sacramento County Jail after the Philippine government filed an extradition request against Strunk to stand trial in the Philippines, the U. S. court denied the extradition request and Strunk was immediately released from jail. The Philippine government had filed an extradition case against Strunk but has not received any official response from the United States government. Strunk committed suicide on July 11,2007 by jumping from a balcony of the Tracy Inn in Tracy. Kaye Torres lamented in 2008 that after seven years, the case is still pending trial. She stated that she is convinced Philip Medel is guilty of the crime, Philip Medel remained the suspect and was held in jail until his death on 7 April 2010 at the age of 62
3. Maria Amapola Cabase – Maria Amapola Cabase, better known by her stage name Amapola, is a Filipino singer, actress, musician, television and radio host. She is widely known in the Philippines as the original artist for the song, Kapantay Ay Langit, which was later popularized by singer Pilita Corrales. Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos dubbed Cabase as a Music Ambassador for the country in 1973 in celebration of Amapolas first concert in New York, November 3,1973, at New Yorks Town Hall. In 1984, she released her debut album produced in collaboration with jazz pianist Bobby Enriquez. Amapolas music career began when she sang the love theme Guihigugma Ko Ikaw for the Azucena Pictures film Utlanan, the song Kapantay Ay Langit on YouTube sung by Amapola and composed by George Canseco, won the Manila Film Festival Gabi Ng Parangal song of the year award. It was later popularized by singer Pilita Corrales which eventually became her signature song, Amapola was awarded the key to Cebu City by then Governor Manuel Cuenco to celebrate her work as Toy Orchestra Conductor, making her the youngest person ever to receive the honor. The event was held at Cebu Citys DYRC-Radio, attended by Cebu Normal School Military Toy Orchestra, conductor Amapola and director Coronada Pingol, since the 1970s, Amapola has performed jazz and popular music. In 1979, Amapolas band, Amy and the Sounds, featuring her father, in the 1980s, Amapola won a number of awards for her music, such as the Awit Award for Best Female Singer and Best Vocal Performance. Formerly with DSwan Records and winning her first Awit Awards as Best Female Singer in the Vernacular, the aforementioned singles anchored the Gold hit Songs and Amapola under the Pioneer record label. Amapola held the title of Philippine Jukebox Queen in the early 70s, all tracks were written and performed by DAmarillo and his orchestra. The albums back cover featured George Cansecos poem, Ode To Amapola, Amapola hosted Amapola Presents Show a weekly TV variety show at KEMO-TV in San Francisco, which she hosted from 1978 to 1981. She regularly performed on Manila television shows such as Stop, Look, Listen, superstar, Seeing Stars, Etchos Lang and Live with Pops and Martin throughout the 1980s. Amapola was discovered by Espiridion Laxa who signed her up with Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions for three films and she co-starred with Victor Wood in, Mr. Lonely in 1972 and You Are My Destiny in 1973. Both films were directed by Leonardo L. Garcia and written by Rico Bello Omagap, casting for the third film I Went To Your Wedding was changed when Amapola began her USA tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2003, Amapola published Coming Home, her first novel, Coming Home won the Florida Writers Associations Royal Palm Literary Award for Romantic Fiction and was a finalist for Best Fiction of 2004 in Foreword Magazine. In 2005, she published Promising Skies, which received acclaim from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh. In 1990, Amapola played the role of Bloody Mary in the RVL Sun’s Theater production of South Pacific, on board the Hanseatic, Amapola was offered to sing on board the MS Gripsholm. In 2006, Amapola was invited to headline on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises Voyager World Cruise, Amapola raised two children with her second husband, Nicolas T. Aiello
4. Julia Clarete – Edda Giselle Rosetta Nuñez Clarette, better known by her screen name Julia Clarette, is a Filipino singer, actress, television host and performer. She is best known as one of the co-hosts of Eat Bulaga, the longest actively running noontime TV show in the Philippines. She first appeared as a member of Star Circle Batch 4 in 1996, in May 2007, she gave birth to her son. In January 2016, Clarete, now based in Kuala Lumpur, after 10 years, due to personal reasons. In March 2016, she made an appearance in Eat Bulaga, though it did not mean she was making a comeback to the show, fans were just happy to see her again
5. Matimtiman Cruz – Maria Josefa Cruz better known by her screen name Matimtiman Cruz, was a Filipino, radio personality, actress and comedian in the Philippines. Matimtiman started her career with Sampaguita Pictures. She later switched to becoming one of the favorite and highly paid comedian in the 1950s. She was featured in 96 films from 1955 to 1988, mostly performing comedic roles. She was married to Perfecto Ursua Manego, writer/director - in DZRH, DZPI and channel 11, wherein they had 4 children - Veronidia, Angelito, Perfecto Jun Cruz, and Wilfredo Willy Cruz. Her longtime partner, Jaime Llave, an actor-comedian who was best known by his screen name Balot - stood as the father of her children, before she joined the movies, Matimtiman was voted as Miss Batangas in 1937 as well as Bb. As an actress, Matimtiman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 1970 FAMAS Awards, then the film awards in the Philippines. An incomplete list of movies Matimtiman Cruz appeared in, Matimtiman Cruz at the Internet Movie Database
6. Anne Curtis – Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith, also known as Anne Curtis-Smith or simply Anne Curtis, is a Filipino-Australian actress, television host, recording artist, and VJ in the Philippines. In 2014, she portrays the iconic Komiks character Dyesebel in Mars Ravelos Dyesebel and she also starred in several films like No Other Woman, which grossed Php 278 million at the box office and her role in the film earned her a FAMAS Award for Best Actress. Her other box-office hit films include Babe, I Love You and her other critically lauded roles were in the films Baler and In Your Eyes. Curtis was born in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of Carmencita Ojales, a Filipina, and James Ernest Curtis-Smith and her father is a World War II veteran and married Carmencita Ojales in 1982. Her younger sister, Jasmine, is also an actress, on their fathers side, they had a half-sister named Clare who died in 2007 due to a cardiovascular disease at four months old. Curtis, being half-Filipino, would visit her mothers relatives in the Philippines with her family, in 1997, 12-year-old Curtis was approached by a talent scout to ask if she would like to get into a childrens beauty pageant. Her father feared that it was a scam, while her mother wanted her to try it, without her fathers knowledge, Curtis then started to go to different talent agencies. And meet her first boyfriend Anthony, By that time, she, Curtis could not speak or understand the Filipino language at the time thus she had to take classes. About a month later, Curtis was asked if she wanted to try acting and she said yes and she auditioned for a part in the movie Magic Kingdom. Where she won the role of Princess Dahlia, Afterwards, she signed with Viva Films. Her first television appearance was in GMA 7s Ikaw Na Sana and she was then cast as Emily in the teen-oriented show, TGIS. She also starred in the television series Anna Karenina, Curtis starred in minor and supporting roles in the films Honey, My Love. So Sweet, Ika-13 Kapitulo, Juan & Ted, Wanted and in the television shows May Bukas Pa, Beh Bote Nga, in 2004, Curtis moved from GMA7 to ABS-CBN, stating the move majorly life changing. She then acted alongside Dina Bonnevie and Kris Aquino in Hiram, aside from Hiram, Curtis also joined ASAP as a host and as a performer. Curtis big break came in 2005 when she won the role in the television series Kampanerang Kuba. This marked her first collaboration with director Wenn V. Deramas, Curtis admitted that Deramas was eyeing another actress for the role, but she auditioned anyway. In this project, she got the chance to work with veteran actresses Eula Valdez, Curtis then hosted the reality show Qpids with Luis Manzano, and a segment in The Buzz called Wannabuzz. In 2006, Curtis, along with Luis Manzano, hosted Star Circle Summer Kid Quest and that same year, she starred in All About Love, a three-in-one love flick where she co-starred with John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Luis Manzano, Angelica Panganiban and Jason Abalos
7. Gloria Diaz – Gloria Aspillera Diaz is a Filipino actress, TV host and beauty queen who is the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 1969 in Miami Beach, Florida. Often cited as being part of the Díaz clan in newspapers and her sister, Rio Díaz, was also an actress and beauty titlist. While studying in college, Díaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado and was convinced to join the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas and her looks and, more importantly, her wit captivated the audience and she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas - Universe 1969 at 18 years old. Díaz was then sent to Miami Beach, Florida, U. S. to compete in Miss Universe 1969. Arriving at the pageant as a favorite, Díaz did not disappoint. Making it to the Top 5, she participated in the question round and her answer to the question regarding men in the moon charmed the audience. She was crowned Miss Universe on 19 July 1969 and becoming the very first Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown, for several decades now, Díaz has been considered a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine cinema and television. Her performance in the film was met with praise by critics and was considered one of the most promising breakthroughs of any actress in Philippine cinema. Later that year, she was nominated for a FAMAS Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Díaz continued acting in film for many years before trying out starring in television. It was in 1996 when she starred in her first television series Anna Karenina and she received TV popularity after appearing in the sitcom Kool Ka Lang on GMA in 2001. In 2006, Díaz was cast in the psychological thriller Nasaan Ka Man alongside award-winning actress Hilda Koronel and Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo and Jericho Rosales. For her role as Lilia, a woman trying to suppress her distraught as she tries to keep her family together, she was again nominated. Díaz once again won a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the highly acclaimed Sagrada Familia, on television, she has appeared in Glamorosa, May Isang Pangarap, Mirabella and Dream Dad. Recently, she has part of blockbuster comedies such as 2012s Sisterakas. Díaz studied at St. Scholasticas College Manila and she is separated from businessman Gabriel Bong Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava. In a TV Patrol interview shortly after the Miss Universe 2010 pageant on 23 August and she suggested in the interview that perhaps Raj and other Filipinas would benefit from answering pageant questions via the use of an interpreter rather than in English. Díaz further said that, Because when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English, maybe she should answer in Bisaya. Her remark sparked outrage amongst many Cebuanos, who felt that Díaz insulted their English proficiency, Cebuano politicians such as Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Congresswoman Rachel del Mar called on her to apologise
8. Tita Duran – Teresita Tita Durán Durango-Magalona was a Filipina film actress who began as a child actress. She was the first ever successful child star of Philippine cinema, actor Pancho Magalona was her husband. She is the mother of the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and grandmother to Maxene Magalona who, as a child, Durán joined a movie in her early career as an eight-year-old child abandoned by her mother in 1936 family-drama of Awit ng mga Ulila. In 1938, Sampaguita Pictures spotted the child and cast her in a movie of Inang Mahal. Her second movie for Sampaguita was Ang Magsasampaguita, Durán made two movies under LVN Pictures, Pangarap and Sawing Gantimpala both in 1940. After World War II, she made a comeback in her studio Sampaguita Pictures and she joined in a war film with Carmen Rosales titled Guerilyera and typecasted in numerous musical films paired by some of Sampaguitas finest actors. After her last movie with Sampaguita was Isang Halik Mo Pancho and she made Maria Went to Town under Deegar Cinema Inc. Nation says goodbye to Francis M. today
9. Bella Flores – Bella Flores was a Filipino film actress. She was best known for her portrayals of film villains. Known as the original Primera Kontrabida in the Philippine Showbiz, Flores was born Medina Papa Dancel in Manila to Matias Dancel, a slipper maker, and Emilia Papa. She was a sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw. Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures and she was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Aganas titular character, despite being 22 years old. The film was a success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio. The films success also elevated Flores into the tier of stars. Doing it without skipping a beat—and without aging to boot and she received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño and bella mora. Flores died on May 19,2013, in Quezon City General Hospital and her death was a result of complications from a recent hip surgery. The family of the veteran actress Bella Flores plans to establish a foundation in her name. This was announced Tuesday night by singer Imelda Papin, Flores’ niece, Flores was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s and diabetes months before she died on May 19. The concert is tentatively set for July at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, Flores’ daughter Ruby Arcilla said during the wake on Tuesday, “If mom’s death could pave the way for… these projects, she would be very happy. She always tried to do what she could for her colleagues. ”Arcilla said a woman approached her during the wake to say thanks, “The lady said she showed mom her doctor’s prescription and mom gave what she could afford. I hope other actors would do the same— give from their hearts. ”Bella Flores at the Internet Movie Database