Amalia Amador Muhlach
August 27, 1940
|Died||October 5, 2019 (aged 79)|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director, producer|
|Years active||1956–2008, 2013–2017|
|Spouse(s)||Romeo Vasquez (1965–1969; divorced)|
Joey Stevens (divorced)
Amalia Fuentes (born Amalia Amador Muhlach; August 27, 1940 – October 5, 2019) was a Filipino actress who reigned as a Movie Queen in the 60s to 70s. She was once dubbed[by whom?] the "Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines". She was the aunt of actors Aga Muhlach and Niño Muhlach. She was the mother of actress Liezl Martinez. She was the first Filipino Lux Soap model.
She produced and starred in her own films in the late-1960s to the end of the 1970s. Her movies were big moneymakers making her the highest paid movie actress of her generation and a certified Movie and Box Office Queen. She later starred in productions by Viva Films (My Only Love), together with Sharon Cuneta, Gabby Concepcion and Jackie Lou Blanco. She also starred in later Regal Films such as Asawa Ko Huwag Mong Agawin, starring Vilma Santos, Eddie Guttierrez and Gabby Concepcion.
In 1956, Fuentes and fellow actor Juancho Gutierrez won Sampaguita Pictures' Mr. & Ms. Number One contest. Sampaguita Pictures launched Amalia and Juancho into full stardom in the 1956 film Movie Fan. They were initially paired as a "love team" - popular in Philippine Cinema - by Sampaguita Pictures, Rodora (1956), Sonata (1957), Pakiusap (1959), Ang Senyorito at Ang Atsay (1963) among others. She was also paired as love team with Romeo Vasquez in Pretty Boy (1957), Bobby (1958), Ako Ang May Sala (1958) and Bilanggong Birhen (1960) among others.
She starred in such notable films as, Estela Mondragon (1960) starring Carmen Rosales, Amy, Susie, Tessie (1960) with Susan Roces, Tessie Agana, Joey, Eddie, Lito (1961) starring Jose Mari Gonzales, Eddie Gutierrez, Lito Legaspi, Dayukdok (1961) with Carmen Rosales, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez and Amaliang Mali-Mali (1962) with Luis Gonzales.
Fuentes wrote the screenplay for the films Tatlong Kasaysayan Ng Pag-ibig (1966), and Ito Ang Aming Kasunduan (1973). She starred in and directed Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976). Fuentes has her own production company, AM (Amalia Muhlach) Productions. She produced several movies, most notable of which are: Whisper to the Wind (1966), Baril at Rosaryo (1967), and Pwede Ako Pwede Ka Pa Ba?(1976). The Philippine Movie Queen's last acting appearance was the ABS CBN hit teleserye Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013) with Judy Ann Santos.
She won Best Actress Awards from Famas in 1966 for Ibulong Mo Sa Hangin and in the 1973 Manila Film Festival for the movie Pagibig Mo Buhay Ko!
Fuentes was a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). She appeared in more than 130 films.
Her father died during the war and as the eldest child, she became the family breadwinner. Her two younger brothers, Alex and Alvaro, are also actors. Amalia married fellow actor Romeo Vasquez in 1965 in Hong Kong but they separated in 1969. They had a daughter, Liezl Sumilang (wife of actor Albert Martinez). After her divorce from Vasquez, Amalia married Joey Stevens, an American businessman with whom she adopted a son, Geric Stevens. She divorced Stevens after 28 years of marriage, citing infidelity. Stevens died in 2012.
Fuentes died on October 5, 2019.
Awards & nominations
|1975||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Isang Gabi... Tatlong Babae! (1974)|
|1974||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Pag-ibig Mo, Buhay Ko (1973)|
|1973||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Babae... Ikaw Ang Dahilan! (1972)|
|1972||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Divina Bastarda (1971)|
|1970||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Kapatid Ko Ang Aking Ina (1969)|
|1968||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||O! Pagsintang Labis (1967)|
|1967||Won||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Whisper to the Wind (1966)|
|1966||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Sapagkat Ikaw Ay Akin (1965)|
|1965||Nominated||Best Actress||FAMAS Award||Blood Is The Color of Night (1964)|
- Prince Charming (1955)
- Movie Fan (1956)
- Rodora (1956)
- Hahabul-Habol (1957)
- Madaling Araw (1958)
- Ipinagbili Ko Ang Aking Anak (1959)
- Kahapon Lamang (1959)
- Isinakdal Ko Ang Aking Ama (1960)
- Joey, Eddie, Lito (1961)
- Pitong Puso (1962)
- Esperanza at Caridad (1963)
- Mga Daliring Ginto (1964)
- Dream Girl (1965)
- Tatlong Kasaysayan Ng Pag-ibig (1966)
- Baril at Rosaryo (1967)
- Sa Manlulupig Di Ka Pasisiil (1968)
- Gaano Kita Kamahal (1968)
- Kapatid Ko Ang Aking Ina (1969)
- Adriana (1969)
- Mga Batong Buhay (1970)
- Europe Here We Come! (1971)
- Huwag Mong Angkinin Ang Asawa Ko! (1972)
- Sa Aming Muling Pagkikita (1973)
- Durugin Ang Mga Diyablo Sa Punta Fuego (1974)
- May Lalaki Sa Ilalim Ng Kama Ko (1975)
- Lulubog Lilitaw Sa Ilalim Ng Tulay (1975)
- Isinumpa (1975)
- Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy (1976)
- Babaing Hiwalay Sa Asawa (1976)
- Huwag Pipitas Ng Bubot Na Bunga (1977)
- Buhay: Ako Sa Itaas, Ikaw Sa Ibaba (1978)
- Pagmamahal Mo Buhay Ko (1979)
- Aguila (1980)
- Dirty Games (1981)
- My Only Love (1982)
- Indecent Exposure (1983)
- Paano Ba Ang Magmahal? (1984)
- Asawa Ko Huwag Mong Agawin (1987)
- Higit Na Matimbang Ang Dugo (1990)
- Reputasyon (1996)
- Kahit Isang Saglit (2008)
- Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (2013)
- Stroke, Veteran Actress Amalia Fuentes Seen For the First Time After (June 21, 2017). "Veteran Actress Amalia Fuentes Seen For the First Time After Stroke". Philippine News.
- "Actress Liezl Martinez, wife of actor Albert Martinez, passes away". entertainment.inquirer.net.
- Jr, Bayani San Diego. "Actress Liezl Martinez dies of cancer; 47". entertainment.inquirer.net.
- "Amalia Fuentes regrets not forgiving husband Joey Stevens before his death". GMA News Online.
- "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Amalia Fuentes says she's "finally free" of former husband Joey Stevens". PEP.ph.
- "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Amalia Fuentes regrets not forgiving husband Joey Stevens before his death". PEP.ph.
- "Amalia Fuentes, pillar of Philippine cinema, dies". Rappler. October 5, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
- http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-22532776_ITM "Still Fiery After All These Years"
- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297386/bio "Biography for Amalia Fuentes"
- http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/483488/juancho-and-amalia-2-sampaguita-films "Juancho and Amalia in 2 Sampaguita Films"
- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297386/ "Amalia Fuentes"
- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297386/awards "Awards for Amalia Fuentes"
- http://www.allstarpics.net/pic-gallery/amalia-fuentes-pics.htm "Amalia Fuentes pics"
- http://www.remate.ph/2012/03/ex-husband-ni-amalia-fuentes-pumanaw-na/ "Ex-husband ni Amalia Fuentes, pumanaw na