Consuelo Agana loved to express herself through singing and acting and loved to make people smile, said her granddaughter Mylene Jao Richardson.
"She was an amazing grandmother," Richardson said. "She was always around."
Consuelo Agana, also known as Linda Estrella, 89, of Valparaiso, died Feb. 18. She worked several years for the Chicago Philippine Consulate and was involved in the auxiliaries of several medical organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Adriano Agana, in 1992.
Born in the Philippines, Agana starred in dozens of movies in the 1940s, including some with her daughter. She has a star on the Philippine Walk of Fame.
"They thought she looked like an old-time movie star," Richardson said. "She was the Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines."
She was also an amazing singer and had a voice in one of the highest soprano ranges, Richardson said. During the war, she performed for U.S. troops in the Philippines.
"People were in awe of her singing, and she was well trained," she said. She inspired members of her family to sing, and other members of the family followed in her footsteps to become actors in Hollywood.
Agana came to the United States in the 1950s to join her husband, who was establishing his medical practice here.
Some of Richardson's first memories of her grandmother are of her cooking, she said.
"We used to live with her, and she was constantly cooking. She cooked for the entire family and her cooking was absolutely amazing," her granddaughter said.
She loved her family, and was always going to tennis matches. Richardson said her friends called Agana "Mommy," as she did.
"She had the greatest jokes," she said. "She had a very amazing life. She affected so many people."