Pepsi Paloma

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Delia Smith
Born 1966
Died May 31, 1985
Parents Lydia Duenas and Kenneth Smith
Other Name/s Pepsi Paloma

Pepsi Paloma, Delia Smith in real life, was a Filipino-American actress who became one of the "soft drink" beauties. She became popular during the era of Bomba, frequently acting in bomba films.


Early Life and Career

Pepsi Paloma was 14 when she entered the movie industry. She is the eldest daughter of Lydia Duenas, a native of Borac, Northern Samar, and an American letter carrier, Kenneth Smith, who deserted his family when the children were still young. A talent scout named Tita Ester brought her to Rey dela Cruz in 1980 for a possible movie role. In 1981, she made her debut in the movie Brown Emmanuelle. She was also known as one of the members of the so-called “soft drink” beauties together with Coca Nicolas and Sarsi Emmanuel. Her success did not last for long as in May 31,1985, she was found hanging in her apartment. According to police investigation, the rape case in 1982, involving actor/TV hosts Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and comedian Richie D’Horsey, was one factor of her suicide. Other possible reasons, which were found in her diary, were monetary problems, her longing for a mother’s love, and her anxieties over her relationship with her live-in boyfriend.


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