As far back as the 1950s, the local showbiz practice of placing Hollywood tags on Pilipino actors and actresses was at its height. Tante de Ramos catalogues the actresses who were the look-alikes of popular Hollywood stars. Here is his list (in alphabetical order):
Aura Aurea—Tagged as the sexy French actress Brigitte Bardot of the Philippines, she first appeared in Laki sa Layaw then promoted to stardom as a lead actress in Seksing-Seksi which was produced by Nolasco Productions.
Marlene Dauden—Dubbed as the Sophia Loren of the Philippines, she portrayed the role of a ballet dancer in Rosa Rossini which she portrayed a ballet dancer. She garnered her best actress awards for such films as Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso with Zaldy Zshornack; Milarosa with Eddie Rodriguez which were both produced by Larry Santiago Productions; and Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan with Amalia Fuentes and Eddie Rodriguez.
Tita Duran—Known as the Shirley Temple of the Philippines, she appeared with her actor-husband Pancho Magalona in Bulaklak na Walang Pangalan and Dahil sa Iyo (1948), Always(1949), Umaga Na Giliw and Kay Ganda Mo (1950), Buhay Pilipino (1952), Sa Isang Halik Mo, Pancho and Ating Pagibig (1953), all produced by Sampaguita Pictures.
Amalia Fuentes—Dubbed as the Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines, she gained entry into local films through a Sampaguita search for new actresses (with Juancho Gutierrez as her male counterpart). Her films included Fiesta South America; Ibulong Mo Sa Hangin, a horror movie with Romeo Vasquez; Walang Hanggang opposite Philippine Movie King Fernando Poe Jr. and Jess Lapid; Mindanao with Jess Sanchez; and Kulay Dugo ang Gabi with Ronald Remy and Eddie Fernandez, a 1964 horror film directed by National Artist for Film Gerardo De Leon.
Lita Gutierrez—Known as the Marilyn Monroe of the Philippines, she was versatile, appeaing in dramatic and comedy films like Alembong; Tayo’y Magsaya with Pacho Magalona, Nida Blanca, Guy Donato, and Bentot directed by Felicing Constantino; and Ganyan Ka Pala with co-stars Nestor de Villa, Nida Blanca and Willie Sotelo. All films were produced by LVN studio.
Eleonor Medina—Tagged as the Silvana Mangano of the Philippines, this 1953 Miss Visayas runner-up appeared in the film Babaeng Kalbo.
Maria Norma Mendoza—Known as the Silvana Mangano of the Philippines, she appeared in the 1952 film Bagong Umaga with Ben Perez and Mario Barri which was scripted by Natonal Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin and directed by Gerardo de Leon.
Tita Munoz—Dubbed as the Jennifer Jones of the Philippines, she first appeared in the film Rosalinda with Rodolfo Ruiz in 1952. She was given her lead role in Kasaysayan ni Rudy Concepcion. Her other films included Texas, ang Manok na Nagsasalita and Tulisang Pugot with Fred Montilla.
Elsa Oria—Tagged as the Jeaneth Mac Donald of the Philippines, she appeared in such films like Makasalanang Birhen, Madaling Araw, Bituing Marikit and Isumpa Mo Giliw with her usual loveteam partner Ely Ramos.
Barbara Perez—Dubbed as the Audrey Hepburn of the Philippines, she appeared in films like Daigdig na mga Api with real-life husband Robert Arevalo where they both garnered best actor and best actress awards in the 1965 FAMAS. In 1958, she co-starred with comedy king Dolphy in Sampaguita octures’ Dewey Boulevard as a blind sampaguita vendor. Her other flms included Pagoda with Gloria Romero, Dolphy and Juancho Gutierrez which was co-produced by Sampaguita Pictures and Hongkong’s Golden City Film Company and co-directed by Eduardo De Castro and Wong Tien Lin.
Elizabeth Ramsey—Dubbed as the female Little Richards of the Philippines, the singer-comedian portrayed the role of a villain in Prinsesa Naranja which starred FPJ and Lani Orteyza and was produced by Premiere Productions Inc.
Rosa Del Rosario—Known as the Janet Gaynor of the Philippines, she was the original actress to play Darna in showbiz in a 1950 film of Fernando Poe Sr. for his Royal Production. Her other pictures included Bulaklak at Paru-paro with co-star Rogelio dela Rosa and directed by Gerardo De Leon for Premiere Productions. Films that co-starred her with Leopoldo Salcedo were Kalapating Puti (1938), Walang Sugat (1939), Magpakailanman (1940), Kundiman ng Luha (1950) and Tandang Sora (1947) and Neneng Ko (1952).
Annie Sales—Known as the Jane Powell of the Philippines, this actress-singer appeared as leading lady in Awiting Mangingisda, made in 1951.
Chona Sandoval—Popular as the Pier Angeli of the Philippines, this member of the Lou Salvador clan in local showbiz first appeared in Combo Festival which also starred her brother Lou Salvador Jr. The film was produced by LVN Pictures in 1958 and featured the winners of the National Combo Contest all over the country. She starred as Tawag ng Tanghalan champion Novo Bono Jr. love team later.
Carmen Soriano—Known as the Martine Carole of the Philippines, this singer appeared in mid-50’s films like 1-2-3, No Money, No Honey with co-stars Carmencita Abad and Jaime Dela Rosa and directed by National Artist for Film Lamberto Avellana; Walang Sugat; Pilipino Kustom, No Touch; and Ibong Adarna with Nestor de Villa and Nida Blanca and directed by national Artist for Film Manuel Conde. She was the leading lady in My Love, Forgive Me; Somewhere My Love; and Love and Devotion. She is the mother of actor Lloyd Samartino.
Merle Tuazon—Tagged in the 50s and early 60s as the Ava Gardner of the Philippines, she appeared in films like Eva Dragon in the title role of a haciendera with co-star Fernando Poe Jr., Lopito, Elvira Reyes, Nello Nayo, Boy Francisco, Belen Velasco, Mary Walter, Marietta Sanz, Dianna Coral and guest star Eddie del Mar. The film was directed by Teodorico C. Santos and produced by Premiere Production Inc. She married the Great Profile Leopoldo Salcedo.
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