Friday, January 06, 2006



Nida Blanca

Dorothy Acueza Jones was born Jan 6 1936, the only child of Inocencia Acueza and American national John William Jones II. She finished high school at the Adamson University and took up Pre-law at the University of Sto Tomas (UST). She has a daughter, Kay Torres, by estranged husband Victorino Torres.

It was Delia Razon who brought her to LVN matriarch Doña Sisang. She appeared in the movie Reyna Elena in 1951. She was first paired with her love team Nestor De Villa in Amor mio .

Since then, she has appeared in numerous films, in various genres, but mostly with de Villa as a romantic and dancing partner.

Waray-Waray (1954),popularized her tomboyish, knife-wielding, man-battling persona. She made Galawgaw opposite.

When LVN Studios stopped producing, Ms Blanca free-lanced, proving her mettle in a variety of films such as Shake, Baby, Shake (1966), Pag-Ibig, Masdan ang Ginawa Mo (1969), Forgive and Forget (1982), in which her popular love team with Nestor de Villa had a comeback, and My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1982), among many others.

She did the "Nida-Nestor Show" with her perennial love team and "John 'en' Marsha" with the King of Comedy, Dolphy. Known as Marsha and John, the TV sit com became two of the longest-running sitcoms on Filipino television.

Ms Blanca has won 16 awards for her film work. She won the very first Best Supporting Actress award from the Film Academy of Movie Arts & Sciences (FAMAS) for her role as a tragic Korean woman, Lee Ming, who falls in love with Filipino soldier Boni Serrano in the film Korea (1952). She also won the best supporting actress award at the Metro Manila Film Festival for Batu-Bato Sa Langit (1975); Best Actress awards simultaneously from Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Gawad Urian Awards and Catholic Mass Media Awards for Miguelito, Ang Batang Rebelde (1985); Best Supporting Actress awards from FAP and FAMAS for Magdusa Ka (1986); and Best Supporting Actress awards from FAP, FAMAS and CMMA for Kid, Huwag Kang Susuko (1987). She was also twice winner of the Citizens' Award for Television (CAT) for Best Female TV Performer for the Nida-Nestor Show; and three-time winner of the Pambansang Akademya ng Telebisyon sa Agham at Sining (PATAS) award in 1975, 1976 and 1978, as Most Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, for John 'en' Marsha. In 1997, she won Best Supporting Actress for Babae (1997), from the FAP and the Metro Manila Film Festival. Two years later, still proving her timeless mettle, she won Best Actress at the FAMAS ceremonies for her work in Sana, Pag-Ibig Na (1998). She was top-billed for this film-- no mean feat, considering she was 62 years old. In 2000 and 2002, the Gawad Urian Awards and the FAP, respectively, honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms Blanca was brutally murdered in a parking lot in November 7, 2001.

In May 2003, American authorities arrested the husband of Ms Blanca, sometime actor/lounge singer Rod Lauren/Rod Strunk.Mr Strunk has continuously denied the charge.

She and Ms Gloria Romero are considered the most enduring movie queens in Filipino cinema, their careers spanning from the 1950s to 2006 (2003 for the murdered Ms Blanca).


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