Lina Romay

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For the singer of the same name, see Lina Romay (singer)

Lina Romay
Born Rosa María Almirall Martínez
(1954-06-25)25 June 1954
Barcelona, Spain
Died 15 February 2012(2012-02-15) (aged 57)
Málaga, Spain
Spouse(s) Ramon Ardid (divorced); Jesús Franco (25 April 2008 – her death)

Lina Romay (born Rosa María Almirall Martínez; 25 June 1954 – 15 February 2012) was a Catalan actress (born in Barcelona) who often appeared in films directed by her long-time companion (and later husband) Jesús Franco. She died in 2012, at age 57, from cancer in Málaga, Spain. Her husband Franco died a year later in 2013.

Movie career[edit]

Romay was born in Barcelona in 1954. Following graduation from high school, she studied the arts, married actor/photographer Ramon Ardid (they later divorced), and began acting in stage productions. She began appearing in Jesús Franco's films from the time that they met in 1971. She appeared in more than a hundred feature films, most of them directed by Franco. The majority of their films together were in the adult film genre, but she has also starred in many horror, comedy and action/adventure films as well. Among the most famous of her cult horror movies are The Bare Breasted Countess (aka Female Vampire), Jack the Ripper, Exorcisme, and Barbed Wire Dolls.[1] She took the name Lina Romay from the actress and jazz artist from the 1940s.[2]

Lina Romay and Jesús Franco were partners for decades, and they were officially married on April 25, 2008.[3] She died on 15 February 2012, at age 57, from cancer in Málaga, Spain. Her husband Franco died soon after, in 2013.

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