Known for her roles in such acclaimed films as Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, and Stardoom, this award-winning Filipina actress appeared in close to ninety movies over the course of her four-decade career.
She made her screen acting debut at the age of eighteen, appearing in two 1953 Filipino films: Ating Pag-ibig and Apat Na Taga.
Between 1955 and 1975, she won two FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) awards and was nominated for fourteen more.
She was born in the Philippines to a Filipina mother and an American father. Her marriage to fellow Filipino actor and frequent co-star Eddie Arenas ended in divorce.
She appeared with screen legend Eddie Garcia in an early 1960s action film called Kapitan Lolita Limbas.