Known for her roles in numerous Filipino films and television series, this popular actress earned three FAMAS Awards, four FAP Awards, and five Star Awards between 1993 and 2010. She starred in such television series as Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay and Dahil May Isang Ikaw.
As a child, she appeared in such films as Huwag Mo Kaming Isumpa, Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, and Divina Gracia.
She studied at several higher education institutions, including Maryknoll College and the University of Santo Tomas.
Her marriage to actor Rudy Fernandez resulted in two sons, one of whom, Renz Fernandez, also had a a career as an actor.
She and fellow Filipina actress Vilma Santos were both recipients of the prestigious Grandslam Best Actress Award (Tolentino won for Narito Ang Puso Ko in 1993).