Veteran movie actress Lolita Rodriguez passed away at age 81 in the United States. According to information shared by her granddaughter and singer Radha with website Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), the showbiz luminary died on November 28 (November 29 in Manila) while recovering from a stroke.
Named Lolita Marquez Clark in real life, the actress is considered the greatest Filipino thespian of all time.
Her career started in 1953 via the movie Ating Pag-ibig starring Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran under Sampaguita Pictures.
Some of her unforgettable movies include Stardoom, Tubog Sa Ginto, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (which launched Christopher De Leon), Mortal, Ina Kapatid Anak and Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo with Nora Aunor.
She decided to move to the US early ‘80s but returned to work on Paradise Inn in 1985 and Lucia for TV in 1992.
She also acted on stage for Nick Joaquin’s Larawan.
Among the movies which won for her Best Actress awards were Gilda (1956, FAMAS), Kasalanan Kaya? (1968, Manila Film Festival), Stardoom (1971, Citizen Council for Mass Media Awards), Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1971, FAMAS), and Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo (1979, Metro Manila Film Festival).
Rodriguez was married to former leading man Eddie Arenas, with whom she was blessed with three sons.
Internment details have yet to be disclosed as Radha travels to the US on Saturday to be with the family.