It’s not a secret that Comedy King had fallen in love with several women in the past, and one of them was former ‘70s actress Lotis Key.
In the book Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa, which was launched during his 80th birthday celebration in 2008, the legendary actor admitted, “I almost married her.”
The Comedy King was, of course, referring to Lotis.
Lotis, who is now based in Minnesota, attested to this in a letter she gave to ABS-CBN North American Bureau Chief Nadia Trinidad, which was published in ABS-CBN news website yesterday, June 28.
The writer-actress said she and Dolphy clicked because “we could both die laughing from our own jokes.”
In a trip to Las Vegas when they were still together, Lotis said that Dolphy brought gold wedding rings for them.
This gesture, however, did not end in church because Lotis wanted the award-winning comedian to talk to his children and their mother first.
Lotis reasoned out, “I didn’t want to hurt them.”
Dolphy never gave in to her request but he was still persistent about his intention to marry the Filipino-American beauty.
Lotis recalled, “He never did it, but every few months [he] would bring out those rings and lay them on my dressing table, my pillow, my plate, and just look at me and raise his eyebrows.
“I’d laugh and say, ‘What are we going to do? Run away and live on a desert island? These kids are a part of your life. You have to talk to them!’”
Lotis was so conscious about not hurting anyone’s feeling during their affair that she apologized to one of the women who was linked to Dolphy when she met her once.
She narrated this incident, “In San Francisco last year, someone pointed out a woman to me and whispered; that’s one of the mothers.
“I went over and introduced myself.
“I asked her forgiveness for the pain I’d unwittingly caused so many years ago.