Adela (Linda's latest movie) works solely because of Linda's terrific performance. Linda is an actress who can tell stories with a mere movement of her lips, or a momentary flicker of her eyes...
Linda, with a subtle trembling of her eyebrows, the sudden flowing of helplessly restrained tears, and coupled with the vast experience of portraying a wide array of characters ranging from a mother gone insane with the loss of her kids (in de Leon's Sisa) to a forgotten movie actress (in O'Hara's Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata), has done enough to turn mundane into magical. Adela might very well be Alix's best film to date. Alix has Anita Linda to thank for that..." (by Francis Cruz)
Linda was born in
, the daughter of a mining engineer. She was cast in her first film by director Lamberto Avellana in Tia Juana. The film was completed shortly before the Japanese invasion of the Pasay City , but released only in 1943. With the film studios being shut down for the duration of the war, Linda spent the war years performing on bodabil at Avenue Theater in Philippines . After the war, Linda was cast again by Avellana, this time in Sekretang Hong Kong (1947). She was cast in her first leading role in Alyas Sakim (1947). Manila
Sekretang Hongkong (1947)- Stars Pugo and Togo, Anita Linda , Domingo Principe, Rolando Liwanag, Engracio Ibarra, Tony Camonte/ Directed by Atty. Ricardo S. Balatbat
Alias Sakim (1947)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Anita Linda, Lilia Dizon, Quiel Segovia, Fernando Royo, Lopito/ Directed by Atty. Ricardo S. Balatbat
Hiram na Pangalan (1948)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Anita Linda, Fernando Royo, Efren Reyes, Virginia Montes/ Directed by Ramon A. Estella
Wala na Akong Luha (1948)- Stars Carlos Padilla, Anita Linda, Fernando Royo, Mary Walter, Amparo Aquino, Efren Reyes, Virginia Montes/ Directed by Eduardo De Castro
Suwail (1949)- Stars Anita Linda, Reynaldo Dante, Nora Madrid, Lopito, Rino Bermudez, Amelita Sol/ Introducing Ramon D' Salva/ Directed by Eduardo De Castro
Punglo at Pag-ibig (1950)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Anita Linda, Lopito, Fred Santos, Patria Plata/ Directed by Ramon A. Estella
In 1951, Linda portrayed the titular character in Gerardo de Leon’s Sisa, a film based on the tragic character in Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere. The role garnered her Best Actress Maria Clara award (a pre-cursor of the FAMAS). De
then cast Linda in Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952), a role for which Linda would be nominated for a FAMAS Best Actress Award. Leon
3 Balaraw (1950)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Anita Linda, Fred Santos, Luz Kahanding, Ramon D'Salva/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo
Sisa (1951)- Stars Anita Linda, Reynaldo Dante, Eddie del Mar, Eddie Infante, Nati Rubi, Pancho Pelagio, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Gerardo De Leon
Kapitan Bagwis (1951)- Stars Anita Linda, Efren Reyes, Lopito, Oscar Keese, Patria Plata/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo
Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Anita Linda/ Directed by Gerardo De Leon
Tatlong Kabanata sa Buhay Ko (1952)- Stars Anita Linda, Danilo Montes, Patria Plata, Amparo Karagdag/ Directed by Eddie Infante
Buhay Alamang (1952)- Stars Fred Montilla, Anita Linda, Mona Lisa, Tito Arevalo
Looban (1953)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Anita Linda, Elvira Reyes, Ramon D'Salva, Joe Ramos/ Directed by Ben Calasanz
Guwapo (1954)- Stars Anita Linda, Reynaldo Dante, Lopito, Carol Varga, Ramon D'Salva, Vicente Liwanag/ Directed by Teodorico C. Santos
In the 1970s, Linda gained renewed critical acclaim in maternal roles she essayed for director Lino Brocka in Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1974), Tatlo Dalawa Isa (1974) and Jaguar (1979). She would win the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award for Tatlo Dalawa Isa Linda would also be nominated for the Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress Award for Jaguar, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.
Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (1974)- Stars Jay Ilagan, Perla Bautista, Hilda Koronel, Anita Linda, Lolita Rodriguez, Mario O'Hara, Mary Walter/ Directed by Lino Brocka
Takaw Tukso (1987)- Stars Anna-Marie Gutierrez, Gino Antonio, Julio Diaz and Jaclyn Jose/ with Anita Linda
Linda would appear in several leading films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Mike de Leon’s Sister Stella L (1984),Chito Rono’s Itanong Mo sa Buwan, Brocka's Gumapang ka sa Lusak (1990), and Mario O’Hara's Ang Babae sa Bubungnang Lata (1998). For her portrayal of an aging film actress in the latter film, Linda would receive her second FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award. In 1987, Linda also won a Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress award for Takaw Tukso.
In her eighties, Linda has remained active in the film industry, appearing in such films as Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (2004) , Ouija (2007) and more recently Adela (2008).