In 1940 she was signed by producer Luis Nolasco ; initially she played as Mina de Gracia . Paraluman, named after the 1941 film of the same name that marked her breakthrough, was the daughter of a German father and a Filipino mother. She was under contract with Sampaguita Pictures from the beginning of the 1940s and was one of the great stars of Filipino film (she was even called the "Filipino Greta Garbo "). By the end of the 1970s she made over 60 films.
She was nominated for the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Award four times : in 1959 for the films Bobby and Anino ni Bathala , and also in 1972 and 1976. Only a few films with Paraluman have been shown in German-speaking countries , for example Die Töchter Satans from 1972 , in which Paraluman played alongside Tom Selleck and Barra Grant . In 1985 she retired from the film business after the film Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita . In the last years of her life, she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease .
Her daughter, the former actress and talk show - presenter Cecil Kristin "Baby" O'Brien, was a few days before her death in mid-April 2009 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed undersecretary for press (Assistant Press Secretary). Her granddaughter is the actress Rina Reyes .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||by Giese, Sigrid Sophia Agatha; De Gracia, Mina|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Filipino actress|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 14, 1923|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Tayabas City , Quezon , Philippines|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 27, 2009|
|Place of death||Tayabas Tayabas , Quezon , Philippines|