Lina Romay (singer)

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This article is about the singer. For the Spanish actress, see Lina Romay.
Lina Romay
Lina Romay, pin-up from Yank, The Army Weekly, May 18, 1945.jpg
Born January 16, 1919
New York, New York, U.S.
Died December 17, 2010 (aged 91)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer
Years active 1942–1980
Spouse(s) John Lawrence Adams
Jay Gould III (1953 - ?)

Maria Elena "Lina" Romay (January 16, 1919 – December 17, 2010) was a Mexican-American actress and singer. She was born in 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Porfirio Romay, then-attache to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.[1] She appeared in both photoreal and live-action form in the Droopy cartoon "Senor Droopy" (1949).

Romay performed for a time with Xavier Cugat[2] before eventually retiring. She was featured on Cugat Rumba Revue on NBC radio in the early 1940s.[3] Along with Cugat and his orchestra, she appeared in the film Bathing Beauty (1944).[4]

Prior to singing with Cugat, she had sung with Horace Heidt's orchestra, when she was billed as Josette, a Frenchwoman.[5]

She was married to John Lawrence Adams and later was the third wife of Jay Gould III (son of Jay Gould II), whom she married on 30 June, 1953.[6]

Doña Romay died, at age 91, on December 17, 2010, from natural causes at a hospital in Pasadena, California, U.S.[7][8][9]

Selected Filmography[edit]

- episode: Cookie in Cuba II (1957) ... Carmen
- episode: Cookie in Cuba (1957) ... Carmen

- episode: The Duenna (1957) ... Carmelita


  1. ^ Lina Romay fanpage
  2. ^ "Xavier Cugat" in The Big Band Almamac, Da Capo Press, 1978, p. 90
  3. ^ "(untitled brief)". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. June 9, 1941. p. 5. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Reid, John Howard (2006). More Movie Musicals. p. 19. ISBN 9781411673427. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Erskine (December 10, 1943). "In Hollywood". Miami Daily News-Record. Oklahoma, Miami. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 12. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Gould Heir, Actress Wed". The Indiana Gazette. Pennsylvania, Indiana. Associated Press. July 3, 1952. p. 5. 
  7. ^ Yahoo! notice of Lina Romay's death
  8. ^ Los Angeles Times obituary notice. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  9. ^ New York Times obituary notice. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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