Lina Romay (singer)

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Lina Romay
BornJanuary 16, 1919
DiedDecember 17, 2010 (aged 91)
Occupation(s)Actress, dancer, singer
Years active1942–1980
Spouse(s)John Lawrence Adams
Jay Gould III (1953 - ?)

Maria Elena "Lina" Romay (January 16, 1919 - December 17, 2010) was an American actress and singer. She was born in 1919 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Porfirio Romay, then-attache to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.[1]

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 films You Were Never Lovelier (1942) and Bathing Beauty (1944) and The Big Wheel, 1949.

Prior to singing with Cugat, she had sung with Horace Heidt's orchestra, billed as Josette, a Frenchwoman.[4]

She was married to John Lawrence Adams, and later was the third wife of Jay Gould III, whom she married on 30 June 1953.[5]

Romay died at age 91 on December 17, 2010 of natural causes at a hospital in Pasadena, California.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1942 You Were Never Lovelier Cugat band singer Uncredited
1943 Stage Door Canteen Cugat orchestra singer Uncredited
1943 The Heat's On Lina Uncredited
1943 Don't Get Around Much Anymore Herself Short
1944 Two Girls and a Sailor Herself
1944 Bathing Beauty Herself
1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Juanita
1945 Adventure Maria
1946 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy Isobel Gonzales
1947 Honeymoon Raquel Mendoza
1947 This Time for Keeps Singer with Cugat's Orchestra Uncredited
1948 Embraceable You Libby Dennis
1949 Six-Gun Music Judy Short
1949 Cheyenne Cowboy Kate Harmon Short
1949 Joe Palooka in the Big Fight Maxine
1949 Señor Droopy Herself MGM animated/live action short
1949 The Big Wheel Dolores Raymond
1949 The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue Regular (1949-1952)
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor Racquel Riviera
1953 The Man Behind the Gun Chona Degnon
1957 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Carmelita Episode: "The Duenna"
1957 The Red Skelton Hour Carmen 2 episodes, (final appearance)

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  1. ^ Lina Romay fanpage Archived 2010-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Xavier Cugat" in The Big Band Almanac, 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Gould Heir, Actress Wed". The Indiana Gazette. Pennsylvania, Indiana. Associated Press. July 3, 1952. p. 5.
  6. ^ "Lina Romay dies at 91; Cugat singer, MGM actress". Los Angeles Times. December 29, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lina Romay, Entertainer, Dies at 91". The New York Times. January 1, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2013.

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