Elizabeth Ramsey, singer and actress, died at 83

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Elizabeth Ramsey, born on December 3, 1931 and died October 8, 2015, Elizabeth was a Filipina stand-up comedienne, singer and actress.

Known for her trademark Visayan-accented dialogues, which Elizabeth performed in English or Tagalog, she is regarded as the country’s “Queen of Rock and Roll” and “Original Queen of Comedy”.

She rose to fame in 1958 after winning a singing contest in Student Canteen, the first noontime show on Philippine television.

Elizabeth is also the mother of Filipina recording artist Jaya.

Elizabeth was born on December 3, 1931 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Her father was Arturo C. Ramsey, a Jamaican marine based in the Philippines, while her mother was a Filipina of Spanish descent, Marcelina Rivera Indino.

Elizabeth has 3 children with her first husband, who was of Jamaican heritage.

After his death, Elizabeth met Ray Kagahastian, a Filipino, with whom she has one daughter, Maria Luisa “Jaya” Ramsey (born in 1969), before separating.

Elizabeth Ramsey passed away on October 8, 2015 in her sleep because of a hyperglycemia attack.

 

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