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Biography

  • Born

    28 May 1964 (age 58)

  • Born In

    Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines

Zsa Zsa Padilla is one of the Philippines' top singers and actresses. She is married to the country's top comedian, Dolphy.

Zsa Zsa was born Esperanza Padilla on May 28, 1964. She is a popular, award winning singer. She has performed in various concerts in the Philippines and overseas. She has recorded hit songs, and starred in movies as well. She is also a songwriter, commercial model, product endorser, businesswoman, and music producer. Moreover, she had starred in the successful and critically acclaimed full length musical play "Larawan" in 1997. Zsa Zsa is also known as "The Divine Diva".

Zsa Zsa started as a member of the band, Hotdog, in the mid-70s. She is the daughter of actor and sportsman Carlos “Sonny” Padilla, Jr., Padilla was the referee in the Ali-Frazier world heavyweight boxing match, "The Thrilla in Manila".

She went solo after leaving the popular Manila Band Hotdog. Many movie and TV film producers and directors offered her parts in movies and TV shows due to her beauty and appeal. In 1987 she first accepted a TV role as a wife of a gay man in a popular classic drama series "Lovingly Yours Helen". The reaction of the viewers proved that she is an actress to be reckoned with. In the same year she accepted her first movie role in a comedy flick "Mga Anak Ni Facifica Falayfay" in 1987 with Philippine Comedy King, Dolphy. This role proved that she could also make people laugh and so other comedy flicks followed. After co-starring with Dolphy in another comedy flick, they fell in love. Her next role co-starred her with another funny man, Joey de Leon, in "Starzan" in 1989.

At 16, Zsa Zsa was married to an older man, a dentist named Modesto Tatlonghari, with whom she lived with for 7 years and had a daughter, the singer and actress Karylle. The marriage was annulled in 2003. In 1990, Padilla eloped with Dolphy, a man 36 years her senior. They now have two daughters, Nicole and Zia.

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