Amalia Fuentes passes away at 79
By Katrina Hallare
October 5, 2019
Amalia Fuentes, the former Movie Queen of Philippine cinema, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. This was confirmed by her nephew, former child star Niño Muhlach, in an Instagram post.
According to Muhlach, Fuentes succumbed to cardiac arrest at 4 a.m.
Muhlach added that the veteran actress was “paralyzed” and “bed-ridden” over the past four years.
Details of the actress’ wake would later be announced, Muhlach added.
Dubbed as the “Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines” for her striking resemblance with the legendary Hollywood actress, Fuentes achieved leading lady status as she starred in various films for Sampaguita Pictures during the late ’50s to ‘60s.
Fuentes won the Famas best actress award for her role in “Ibulong mo sa Hangin” in 1967, and the 1973 Manila Film Festival best actress award for “Pag-Ibig Mo Buhay Ko!”
The screen legend was married twice, first to her love-team partner, actor Romeo “Bobby” Vasquez, from 1965 to 1969. Their union bore a daughter, Anna Lisa or Liezl, who later married actor Albert Martinez.
Liezl passed away in 2015 from breast cancer, aged 47. Vasquez died two years later after his daughter.
Fuentes’ second marriage was to American businessman Joey Stevens. However, the union did not last as the two later separated. The couple adopted a son during their time together.
Stevens died in 2012.
FUENTES, Amalia (Amalia Amador Muhlach)
Born: 8/27/12940,Naga, Philippines
Died: 10/5/2019, New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Amalia Fuentes’ western – actress:
Tigre Zapata - 1965