Veteran actress Anita Linda not writing life story if abridged

BOY VILLASANTA, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Sep 02 2008 05:20 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2008 01:43 AM

Veteran actress Anita Linda said she will not write her life story if it will be an abridged version of it.

Linda made the comment in reaction to reports that her contemporary, actress Mona Lisa will come out with her memoirs.

She said that Mona Lisa’s memiors will not tell all.

“What’s the point of writing your life story like that? ‘Yan ang sabi niya sa akin,” said the veteran actress who first won her Maria Clara Award, the future Famas award in the fifties, for her memorable portrayal as Sisa in the movie of the same title.

“Kung susulatin ko ang buhay ko, kailangan, lahat-lahat ay nando’n. Walang dapat mawala. Kaya kung hindi ko rin lang magagawa ‘yon o maisusulat ang lahat, ayaw ko nang gawin ang biography ko,” she declared with finality.

Like Mona Lisa, Anita Linda has had an equally colorful life since childhood.

“Marami akong masasabi pero ayaw kong ibulgar lahat kaya hindi bagay na sulatin ko ang life story ko,” she said.

But she nonetheless admires the courage of Mona Lisa to relate her life, although it will be incomplete.

“Mahirap magsulat ng libro at mahirap ilantad lahat ang katotohanan kaya iginagalang ko ang pasya ni Mona,” Linda said with fondness for her friend.

Both she and Mona Lisa are pre-war movie stars who have wonderful romantic stories to tell.

“Lalo na sa pag-ibig. Makulay ang buhay ko at ang buhay ni Mona and I hope mag-reflect ito sa kanyang libro,” she said.

Meanwhile, Linda is bound for the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada where her solo film “Adela” will be screened.

This is the first time she is attending an international film festival.

“I’m excited. Nagkataon kasi na wala naman akong pelikula noon ni Lino (Brocka) na kasama sa mga international film festivals,” she said.

Adolf Alix, Jr., the director of “Adela” was able to convince the prize-winning actress to come with him to Canada.

It was Alix who processed Linda’s travel documents. He said he wants the whole world to know that a good Filipina actress is still around.

The 33rd Toronto filmfest starts on September 4 and ends on September 13.