Moviegoers in the ‘70s would surely remember Lotis Key.
At that time, she was very active in showbiz, doing an average of seven or eight movies a year.
She worked with the likes of Ramon Zamora+, Eddie Garcia, Tony Ferrer+, and George Estregan+.
But she became particularly close to Dolphy— who became her leading man in 11 movies, and her real-life boyfriend then.
Lotis Key now leads a quiet life in Minnesota.
But her name hit the headlines recently when ABS-CBN published a letter she wrote about the Comedy King.
Lotis described the comedian as the “sunshine of her life in those days.”
The Filipino-American beauty also mentioned, “Our big attraction was that we could both die laughing from our own jokes. Maybe that’s why he wanted us to marry.”
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) contacted her by e-mail, she agreed to an interview on one condition: No more questions about her old flame.
In an e-mail dated June 30, she said, “I do feel that I've said enough…”
While she values the special friendship she once shared with Dolphy, she also respects the comedian’s family.
Lotis furnished us a copy of the statement she gave GMA-7:
"I'm praying for him and apart from that, I've said what I have to say.
“To keep commenting on our past relationship, is disrespectful to his present family. It may be hurtful, and it’s certainly inconsiderate of the years they've had together, and the stress they're now going through.
“I wish them all, the peace that surpasses understanding."
LIFE AWAY FROM MANILA. The lady who once wore the Darna costume is now a theater director and writer in the U.S.
Whatever she left here about three decades ago is no longer in her scheme of things.
In her e-mail dated July 3, Lotis revealed what has been keeping her busy all these years.
“Well, I’ve been married for 25 years.
“I was a professional actress here in the U.S. for my first 12 years here (industrial video, trade shows, TV commercials, theater, radio, narration, etc).
“I left that to start a theater company for Christian actors. I wrote and produced plays that traveled all over the U.S. and Canada.
“I give seminars to churches on the ‘how to’ of developing Christian theater. We even visited some churches in the Philippines.
“After 12 years of that, I decided last year to take a leave and write a novel. Now I’ve found that I enjoy writing and plan to do more of that.”
Why did she leave Manila?
She replied, “I and my husband are born-again Christians, and I wanted to leave Manila to make a new start without any societal pressure.
“I’ve always been adventurous and wanted to try my hand at a variety of new things and see what I could accomplish in a new place.”
When asked if she misses the career that made her famous, she was quick to answer, “I don’t miss show business.”
She added, “But I often miss the Filipino people. They’re the prettiest and funniest people on earth.”
The former star who’s presently working on her novels said she comes to the Philippines twice a year.
Lotis also said about her kababayans, “I always loved their faces and happy personalities. Plus, I fully attribute any artistic gifting I may have, to my Filipino side.
“Oh my goodness… I give acting seminars and the one I gave in Manila… those people could do anything after five minutes of instruction!
“Here in the U.S... sigh... no comment.”
How about another Pinoy film?
Her answer: “It would have to be Fung Ku II: The Return of the Ancients."
Lotis was talking about a could-have-been sequel to her 1973 film Fung Ku with Dolphy.
But, she was quick to clarify, “Just joking…”