Stunningly comely and slinky brunette Lina Romay rates highly as one of the most bold, sensuous and enticing actresses to ever appear with tremendous frequency in a large volume of European horror and exploitation features made from the early 70s to the present day. Romay was born as Rosa Maria Almirall on June 25th, 1954 in Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain. Her cinematic pseudonym was taken from a singer/actress in mambo king Xavier Cugat’s band in the 40s. Following graduation from high school Romay studied the arts, married actor/photographer Raymond Hardy (they later divorced), and began acting in stage productions. Lina first met infamous and prolific maverick Spanish independent filmmaker Jess Franco in the early 70s. Romay and Franco eventually became a couple. Although they have never officially tied the knot, Romay is Franco’s common law wife.
Lina made her film debut as a gypsy girl in “The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein.” She had small parts in a few other Franco movies before… read more
She was the guilty pleasure personified, the reason we keep feeding ourselves trash movies even if we know they're no good for us. Sultry and curvy and forever with an irresistible pout on her face, she was at once a throwback to the Hollywood glamour girl and an inverse of the increasingly high standards of beauty that the mainstream coveted. She was always, delightfully, herself, cinematic comfort food, proof that you were in capably incapable hands and that you were going to have a good time. You are missed, Lina.