MANILA − Family, friends and fans alike are upset with the reports hounding the internet expressing the death of veteran and award-winning actress, Anita Linda.
A certain Deborah Smith Ford of examiner.com wrote an article “Anita Linda, an award-winning Filipino film actress, dies at 87”, as early as August 27. Another site, Boot Hill, presents a condoling blog on the actress’ supposed death.
BIG ROY commented on the latter’s site (November 27, 20126:43 AM) saying, “Anita Linda is alive and has just celebrated her birthday. This is quite irresponsible.”
Ambers/Med Cruz tweeted examiner’s Twitter account (@examiner) to retract their erroneous story.
Hence, contrary to the speculations, Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Anita Linda is alive and is vacationing in the United States. Linda’s daughter Francesca Lake-Legaspi complained about the “malicious story.”
The PDI likewise reported that Director Adolfo Alix Jr. was “upset” on the imprudent reports. Alix further disclosed that they had a shooting for the drama “Mater Dolorosa” after the supposed time of death of the actress.
Born Alice Buenaflor Lake, Linda was born on November 23, 1924 to James Lake, an American mining engineer, and Gorgonia Buenaflor of Iloilo. She married the actor Fred Cortes, with whom she has a son, actor Fred Cortes Jr.
She is a two-time FAMAS award-winning and Gawad Urian award-winning Filipino film actress.
She gained acclaim for her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles. She is also noted for being the oldest actress to ever win a FAMAS award when she was named Best Supporting Actress for Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata, at the age of 74.
She has made over 200 films, to date.
Linda celebrated her 88th birthday last week in Los Angeles, California, where she stays with her eldest son Fred Cortez Jr.