Anita Linda is confirmed dead at the age of 95.
Anita was best known as a Filipino actress (Weighed But Found Wanting).
Anita Linda
Born
Alice Buenaflor Lake

(1924-11-23)November 23, 1924
DiedJune 10, 2020(2020-06-10) (aged 95)
Metro Manila, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
OccupationActress
Years active1940–2017
Awardssee § Awards and nominations
Anita Linda (born Alice Buenaflor Lake; November 23, 1924 – June 10, 2020) was a two-time FAMAS award-winning and Gawad Urian award-winning Filipino film actress. A romantic lead in her youth, she later gained critical acclaim for her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles. At the age of 74, she became the oldest actress to ever win a FAMAS award, when she was named Best Supporting Actress for Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata.
In 2008, at age 83, she was named Best Actress in the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Southeast Asia Film Competition) for her portrayal of the title character in Adela.
Contents
1 Early career
2 Later career
3 Personal life
4 Death
5 Filmography
5.1 Television
5.2 Film
6 Awards and nominations
6.1 International awards
6.2 Local awards
7 Notes
8 References
9 Bibliography
10 External links
Early career
Linda was born Alice Buenaflor Lake in Pasay City to James Lake, a full-blooded American soldier/mining engineer father and Gorgonia Buenaflor of Iloilo.
Linda was discovered by renowned director Lamberto Avellana while watching a stage show at the Avenue Theater starring Leopoldo Salcedo, Lopito, among others. Then a Visayan teenager that couldn't speak Tagalog, she had second thoughts when she was asked backstage if she wanted to become an actress. Avellana then told her to report for rehearsals for the next show and later had her fetched when she didn’t appear.
Linda first did High School with no dialogue, then Biyernes sa Quiapo with Jaime dela Rosa as her leading man, then Aksesorya with Leopoldo Salcedo onstage. Avellana later gave her the screen name Anita Linda and cast her in Tia Juana, her first film at LVN Pictures. The film was completed shortly before the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, but released only in 1943.
With the film studios being shut down for the duration of the war, Linda spent the war years performing on bodabil at Avenue Theater in Manila. After the war in 1947, she was later offered a contract by Premiere Productions where she was cast by Avellana in Sekretang Hong Kong with Pugo and Togo. Her first lead role in Alyas Sakim with Pol Salcedo in 1947 directed by Moises Cagin.
In 1951, Linda portrayed the title character in Gerardo de Leon's Sisa, a film based on the tragic character in Jose Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere. The role garnered her the Best Actress Maria Clara award (a precursor of the FAMAS). De Leon then cast Linda in Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952), a role for which Linda would be nominated for a FAMAS Best Actress Award.
Later career
In the 1970s, Linda gained renewed critical acclaim in maternal roles she played for director Lino Brocka in Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1974), Isa Dalawa Tatlo (1974) and Jaguar (1979). She would win the FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for Isa Dalawa Tatlo. Linda would also be nominated for the Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress Award for Jaguar, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In 1982 she was given the Natatanging Gawad Urian ng Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
Linda would appear in several leading films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Joey Gosiengfiao's Temptation Island (1980), Mike de Leon's Sister Stella L. (1984), Chito Roño's Itanong Mo sa Buwan and Brocka's Gumapang ka sa Lusak (1990). For her portrayal of an aging film actress in Mario O'Hara’s Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata (1998), Linda would receive a Star Award for Best Supporting Actress and her second FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award. For this, she set a record as the oldest actress to ever win a FAMAS at age 74. In 1987, Linda also won a Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress award for Takaw Tukso.
Linda remained active in the film industry as she reached her eighties, appearing in such films as Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (2004), You Are the One (2006) and Ouija (2007). In 2009, she returned to television, starring in the ABS-CBN drama Tayong Dalawa as Kim Chiu's ruthless Chinese grandmother Lily and in the upcoming ABS-CBN horror suspense primetime series Florinda (TV series).
Linda garnered widespread acclaim in 2008, she starred in the independent film, Adela (2008), directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.. For her performance playing the loneliness of a woman celebrating her 80th birthday alone when her children failed to visit her, she was cited as Best Actress in the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Southeast Asia Film Competition), as Best Actress by the Young Critics Circle, and as Best Actress (tied with Judy Ann Santos) at the Gawad Tanglaw Awards. The New York Times film critic Stephen Holden praised Linda's performance as "quietly transfixing". Recently, Anita Linda was given the ENPRESS Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award.
She won the Best Supporting Actress award, for her performance in Sta. Niña, at the Cinemalaya 2012 under the New Breed Full Length Feature Category.
In 2014, she made a comeback on primetime television in an ensemble drama Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon as Paulo Avelino's grandmother Lola Patchi.
Personal life
In January 2009, Linda was unhurt in a mugging incident that occurred while she was aboard a taxicab. In October 1950, Linda's sister Mamey was murdered in a robbery attempt at the home they had shared; Linda herself was unharmed after she and her nieces had locked themselves in a bedroom to evade the burglars.
Death
Linda died in June 10, 2020 at 6:15 AM, at the age of 95. The news was confirmed by her daughter, Francesca Legaspi.
Filmography
Television
Year
Title
Role(s)
Network
2015-2016
Ningning
ABS-CBN
2014
Sa Puso ni Dok
GMA Network
2014
Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon
Patrice "Lola Patchi" Salvador
ABS-CBN
2013
Indio
Uray
GMA Network
2011-2012
Ikaw ay Pag-ibig
Max's Mother
ABS-CBN
2011-2012
Glamorosa
Lola Magda
TV5
2009
Tayong Dalawa
Lilian "Lola Lily" King
ABS-CBN
2008
Lovebooks Presents: No Boyfriend Since Birth
TV5
2007-2008
Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik
Impo
ABS-CBN
2005
'Til Death Do Us Part
Lola / La
ABS-CBN
2005
Mars Ravelo's Darna
Nacyfe
GMA Network
2002-2003
Bituin
Rustica
ABS-CBN
2000-2002
Pangako Sa 'Yo
Puring "Lola Puring" San Juan
ABS-CBN
1996-1997
Mia Gracia
GMA Network
1992-1997
Mara Clara
Aling Pacita
ABS-CBN
1980-1985
Anna Liza
Munda
GMA Network
Film
Year
Title
Role(s)
Production Company
1943
Tiya Juana
LVN Pictures
1947
Alias Sakim
Premiere Productions
1947
Sekretang Hong Kong
Premiere Productions
1947
Ngayon at Kailan Man
Premiere Productions
1948
Labi ng Bataan
1948
Perfidia: Kataksilan
Premiere Productions
1948
Anghel sa Lupa
Premiere Productions
1948
Hiram na Pangalan
1948
Wala Na Akong Luha
1949
Ang Lumang Bahay sa Gulod
1949
Bakit Ako Luluha?
1949
Bandilang Basahan
1949
Ina ng Awa
1949
Dugo ng Katipunan
1949
Kay Ganda ng Umaga
1949
Kung Sakali Ma't Salat
1949
Magkapilas ng Langit
1949
Suwail (Naglaro ang Ligaya)
1950
3 Balaraw
1950
Hiwaga ng Tulay na Bato
1950
Punglo at Pag-ibig
1951
Kadakilaan
1951
Kapitan Bagwis
1951
Prinsipe Don Juan
1951
Sisa
Sisa
Premiere Productions
1952
Luha ng Langit
1952
Bulaklak ng Nayon
1952
Tatlong Kabanata sa Buhay Ko
Associated Artists
1952
Ngipin sa Ngipin
1953
Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo
Manuel Vistan Production
1953
Agilang Itim
1953
Siga-Siga
1953
Makabuhay
1953
Nenita Unit
1954
Ri-Gi-Ding
1954
Lourdes: Ang Mutya ng Paaralan
1954
Playboy
1954
Guwapo
1954
Por Bida Gid
1954
Basagulera
1954
Bandolero
1955
Bandilang Pula
Commander Dalia
Bonifer Productions
1955
Magia Blanca
1955
7 Maria
1956
Takya
1956
Ambrocia
1956
Buhay at Pag-ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal
1956
Hokus-Pokus
1956
Haring Tulisan
Everlasting Pictures
1957
Viva Las Señoritas
1957
Ukelele Boy
Larry Santiago Productions
1958
Mga Liham Kay Tiya Dely
Larry Santiago Productions
1958
Obra Maestra ("Singapore" segment)
People's Pictures
1958
Matandang Tinale
Larry Santiago Productions
1961
Nag-uumpugang Bato
Larry Santiago Productions
1963
Madugong Paghihiganti (The Massacre)
MML Productions
1964
Naligaw na Anghel
Larry Santiago Productions
1964
Callejon Delinquente
RV Productions
1964
Deadly Brothers
JE Productions
1964
Pamatay: Kaliwa at Kanan
Larry Santiago Productions
1965
Darna at ang Babaing Tuod
Marta
People's Pictures
1969
Bimbo
Junar Productions
1969
Born to Be Wild
Aladdin Production
1970
Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid
Balatbat Productions
1970
The Alvarados
Tower-Viltra Elk's Productions
1970
Mga Dugong Simaron
LEA Productions
1970
Because You Are Mine
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
1970
Johnny Baby, Please Come Home!
Tower Productions
1974
Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa
Cinemanila Corporation
1974
Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang
Gng. Ortega
Cinemanila Corporation
1975
Lumapit, Lumayo and Umaga
LEA Productions
1976
Mrs. Teresa Abad, Ako Po si Bing
N. V. Productions
1976
Isang Pag-ibig, Isang Pangarap, at Isang Bulaklak
Ednore Films International
1978
Katawang Alabok
Kalapati
Agrix Films Productions
1978
Boy Apache
Regal Films
1978
Mahal Mo, Mahal Ko
Regal Films
1978
Katawang Alabok
Agrix Films Production
1979
Jaguar
Mother
Bancom Audiovision Productions
1979
Alabok na Ginto
MBM Productions
1979
Kadete
Agrix Films Production
1980
4 Na Maria
Agrix Films Production
1980
Candy
1980
Dolphy's Angels
RVQ Productions
1980
Kung Tawagin Siya'y Bathala
1980
Temptation Island
Regal Films
1980
Milyon
1980
Good Morning, Sunshine
1980
Ang Galing Galing Mo ... Mrs. Jones
HPS Film Production
1981
Bakit Bughaw ang Langit?
Sofia
Four Seasons Films International
1981
Alfredo Sebastian
The Mother
Supreme Motion Pictures
1984
Lovingly Yours: The Movie (segment: Akin ang Walang Diyos)
1984
Sister Stella L.
Regal Films
1986
Takaw Tukso
Ultravision Films
1990
Itanong Mo sa Buwan
1990
Gumapang Ka sa Lusak
1994
Pare Ko!
Auring Lorenzo
Star Cinema
1998
Dama de Noche
Mother Catalina
Neo FilmsVIVA Films
1998
Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata
Amapola
Good Harvest Unlimited
2000
Deathrow
Robbery Victim
GMA Films
2001
Isda
Cinemalaya
2004
Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
2006
You Are the One
2007
Tambolista
Cinema One Originals
2007
Ouija
2009
Booking
2009
Adela
2010
Lola
2011
Presa
2012
The Mistress
Lola Lina
Star Cinema
2013
David F.
Cinemalaya Foundation
2013
Nuwebe
One Big Fight Productions, Monoxide Works
2013
Otso
Philippine Stagers Foundation
2013
Alamat ni China Doll
Phoenix Features
2013
Morgue
Digimar Films
2014
Bride for Rent
Lola Czarina
2016
Mrs.
Solar Entertainment
2017
New Generation Heroes
Awards and nominations
International awards
ASEAN International Film Festival (Malaysia)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
Ref
2013
Sta. Niña
Best Supporting Actress
Won
Fajr International Film Festival (Iran)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
Ref
2011
Lola
Best Actress
Won
54th Asia Pacific Film Festival (Taipei, Taiwan)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
Ref
2010
Lola
Best Actress
Won
11th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (Spain)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
Ref
2010
Lola
Best Actress
Won
Cinemanila International Film Festival
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2008
Adela
Best Actress (Southeast Asia Competition)
Won
Local awards
Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2012
Sta. Niña
Best Supporting Actress(New Breed Category)
Won
FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
1999
Babae sa Bubungang Lata
Best Supporting Actress
Won
1982
Bakit Bughaw ang Langit
Nominated
1979
Mahal mo, mahal ko
Nominated
1977
Mrs. Teresa Abad ako po si Bing
Nominated
1975
Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa
Won
1970
Bimbo
Nominated
1962
Nag-uumpugang bato
Best Actress
Nominated
1953
Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo
Nominated
Luna Awards
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2013
Sta. Niña
Best Supporting Actress
Won
Gawad Urian
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2011
Presa
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated
2010
Lola
Best Actress
Won
2009
Adela
Nominated
2008
Tambulista
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated
1999
Babae sa bubungang lata
Nominated
1989
Itanong mo sa Buwan
Nominated
1986
Takaw Tukso
Won
1982
-
Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
1980
Jaguar
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated
Golden Screen Awards (ENPRESS)
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2013
Sta. Niña
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Won
2010
Lola
Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role-Drama
Nominated
2011
Gawad Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
2009
Adela
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated
Gawad Tanglaw
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2009
Adela
Best Actress
Won
2011
Best Actress
Won
Maria Clara Awards
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
1952
Sisa
Best Actress
Won
Star Awards for Movies
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2013
Sta. Niña
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated
1999
Babae sa bubungang Lata
Won
Young Critics Circle
Year
Nominated work
Category
Result
2010
Porno
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role
Nominated
2010
Lola
Nominated
2009
Adela
Won
1999
Babae sa Bubungang Lata
Nominated
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