Marlene Dauden appeared in Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak with co-stars Susan Roces, Daisy Romualdez, Romeo Vasquez and Tony Marzan. She won the Best Supporting Actress award in Anino ni Bathala which starred Paraluman, Rio Rodrigo and Eddie Garcia. It was a love triangle story where two sisters fell in love with one man. Thew film was directed by Conrado Conde. She got her first starring role in Rosa Rossini where she played the character of a ballet dancer. Then she starred opposite comedy King Dolphy in Silveria (Ang KabayongDaldalera). Her other films included Kung Kaya Mo Kaya Ko Rin (with Christopher de Leon), Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan (with Amalia Fuentes and Eddie Rodriguez), a film festival entry in which she won another acting award, and Siya’y Umalis, Siya’y Dumating, helmed by Mitos Villareal. She won another Best Supporting Actress award for Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang, a dramaticc love story (with Lolita Rodriguez and Eddie Rodriguez as directed by Armando de Guzman). Her best actress trophies were for Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso (with Zaldy Zhorsnack) and Milarosa (with Eddie Rodriguez).
Marlene will forever be remembered in Philippine film history as the first Filipino thespian ever to win five acting awards from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), which was the only film award-giving body in the Philippines during her time. She won Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the films Anino ni Bathala, Kamandag and Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang. (The latter was said to be her favorite film of hers.) She also won two Best Actress awards for the films Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso and Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan. She was also nominated by the FAMAS for an additional five times: Best Supporting Actress for Talipandas, where she beat herself for the award; Best Actress for Gumuhong Bantayog, in which she was defeated by Charito Solis; Best Actress for Mila Rosa, where she was defeated by Barbara Perez; Best Actress for Alipin ng Busabos, where she was also defeated by Charito Solis; and Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan, where she was defeated by Boots Anson-Roa and Vilma Santos for the honor.
In 1972 when Martial Law was declared, Marlene (a ’50s St. Scholastica’s graduate) and her husband, former La Salle basketball star Nonggoy Hernaez (whom she married when she was already in showbiz), migrated to the States with their children. She seldom comes home, her last visit having been a few years ago when she told friends, “I felt like an outcast because most everyone that I knew was either gone or not active anymore.”
Her last movie, Kung Kaya Mo, Kaya Ko Rin (where she played Christopher de Leon’s lover), was shown in 1978, done during her vacation here. Combat Killers, a World War II drama she did in 1980 with the late Leopoldo Salcedo, is available by special order on the Web.
So whatever happened to Marlene?
According to Ferdy Villar, Marlene and Nonggoy are enjoying their retirement in a quiet town in California, close to their three married daughters and eight grandchildren. “They are a close-knit family,” said Ferdy, “and they enjoy their family get-togethers.”
Now 66, Marlene worked as medical office manager, a job she almost didn’t land because the hiring officer found out that she was an actress and he didn’t want to hire a famous person deemed “over-qualified” for the position.
“Marlene now runs her own lumpia business,” added Ferdy. “It’s a small business na palago nang palago. Her special lumpia recipe is a big hit among her growing number of customers.”
source:Ricky Lo’ Funfare
* 1957 – Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak
* 1957 – Gabi at Araw
* 1957 – Eternally
* 1958 – Kundiman ng Puso
* 1958 – Anino ni Bathala
* 1958 – Silveria
* 1958 – Mapait na Lihim
* 1958 – Berdaderong Ginto
* 1958 – Alaalang Banal
* 1958 – Anino ni Bathala
* 1958 – Talipandas
* 1959 – Kamandag
* 1959 – Rosa Rossini
* 1960 – Gumuhong Bantayog
* 1963 – Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang
* 1964 – Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso
* 1965 – Mial Rosa
* 1968 – Alipin ng Busabos
* 1972 – Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
* 1978 – Kung Kaya Mo, Kaya Ko Rin
* 1980 – Combat Killers