Anita Linda

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Anita Linda
Born Alice Lake
(1924-11-23) November 23, 1924 (age 89)
Pasay City, Philippines
Years active 1940 - present
Awards FAMAS Best Supporting Actress
1974 Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa
1998 Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata
Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress
1986 Takaw Tukso
Cinemayala 2012 Best supporting actress
2012 Sta. Niña

Anita Linda (born Alice Lake; born November 23, 1924) is 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.[1] 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 titular character in Adela.

Early career[edit]

Linda was born in Pasay City, the daughter of a full-blooded American soldier/mining engineer father and Ilonggo mother.[2]

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.[3] The film was completed shortly before the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, but released only in 1943.[2] 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.[2] 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 titular 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).[2] 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.[2]

Later career[edit]

In the 1970s, Linda gained renewed critical acclaim in maternal roles she essayed for director Lino Brocka in Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1974), Isa Dalawa Tatlo (1974) and Jaguar (1979). She would win the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award 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.[3]

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 essaying 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),[4] as Best Actress by the Young Critics Circle,[5] and as Best Actress (tied with Judy Ann Santos) at the Gawad Tanglaw Awards.[6] New York Times film critic Stephen Holden praised Linda's performance as "quietly transfixing".[7] Recently, Anita Linda was given the ENPRESS Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

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.[8]

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[edit]

In January 2009, Linda was unhurt in a mugging incident that occurred while she was aboard a taxicab.[9] 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.[10]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Asian International Film Festival'

2013-Best Supporting Actress - Sta. Niña (2013)

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival'

2012-Balanghai Trophy- Best Supporting Actress - New Breed-Sta. Niña (2012)

'Cinemanila International Film Festival'

2008-Best Actress-Southeast Asia Competition-Adela

FAMAS Awards

1999-Best Supporting Actress-Babae sa bubungang lata

1982-Best Supporting Actress-Bakit bughaw ang langit? (1981)-Nominated

1979-Best Supporting Actress-Mahal mo, mahal ko (1978)-Nominated

1977-Best Supporting Actress-Mrs. Teresa Abad ako po si Bing (1976)-Nominated

1975-Best Supporting Actress-Tatlo, dalawa, isa (1974)

1970-Best Supporting Actress-Bimbo (1969)-Nominated

1962-Best Actress-Nag-uumpugang bato (1961)-Nominated

1953-Best Actress-Sawa sa lumang simboryo (1952)-Nominated

FAP Awards, Philippines

2013-Best Supporting Actress-Sta. Niña (2012)-Nominated

Fajr Film Festival

2011-Crystal Simorgh-nternational Competition - Best Actress-Lola (2009) Shared with:Rustica Carpio

Gawad Urian Awards

2011-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Presa (2010)-Nominated

2010-Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres)-Lola (2009) Shared with:Rustica Carpio

2009-Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres)-Adela (2008)-Nominated

2008-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Tambolista (2007)Nominated

1999-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Babae sa bubungang lata (1998) Nominated

1989-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Itanong mo sa buwan (1988)Nominated

1987-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Takaw tukso (1986) Tied with Nida Blanca for Magdusa ka! (1986).

1982-Lifetime Achievement Award

1980-Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)-Jaguar (1979)-Nominated

Golden Screen Awards, Philippines

2013-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)-Sta. Niña (2012)

2010-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)-Lola (2009)-Nominated

2009-Gawad Lino Brocka Award

2009-Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Drama)-Adela (2008)-Nominated

Las Palmas Film Festival

2010-Best Actress-Lola (2009) Shared with:Rustica Carpio

Maria Clara Awards

1952-Best Actress-Sisa (1951)

Star Awards for Movies

2013-Movie Supporting Actress of the Year-Sta. Niña (2012)-Nominated

1999-Supporting Actress of the Year-Babae sa bubungang lata (1998)

Young Critics Circle, Philippines

2010-Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Lola (2009)-Nominated

2009-Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role-Adela (2008)

1999-Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role-Babae sa bubungang lata (1998)-Nominated

Gawad Tanglaw Awards

2009-Best Actress-Adela


  1. ^ "Facts". Unofficial Website of the Filipino Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e *Nenuca Jose; Lena Pareja (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 271. ISBN 971-8546-31-6. 
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  4. ^ "Cinemanila 08 Winners Feted at Malacanang". GMA News.TV. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  5. ^ Jocelyn Dimaculangan (2009-02-08). "Adela dominates Young Critics Circle awards for 2008". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  6. ^ Ricky Lo (2009-01-09). "Judy Ann, Anita Linda tie for Best Actress in Gawad Tanglaw Awards". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  7. ^ Stephen Holden (2009-10-14). "A Hard Life, Especially as You’re Turning 80". New York Times. Archived from the original on 17 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
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  9. ^ "Actress Anita Linda attacked by robbers". ABS-CBN 2009-01-09. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  10. ^ "People of the Philippines v. Dangundong, G.R. No. L-10398, 30 June 1960 (Supreme Court of the Philippines)". 


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