Gemma Suzara

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Gemma Carter Suzara is a perfumer, jewelry designer, and prime exponent of the Humanist Movement of the Philippines. Her mother is Sarita Carter and her sister is Jinky Suzara, once married to Gary Lewis.

She was educated at Assumption College, but left to star as a TV dancer on the landmark show of Shebang, with Sampaguita. In 1969 she starred in the movie The Mad Generation opposite Tirso Cruz III and directed by Jose Wenceslao. She achieved international jetsetting status when she introduced her sister Jinky to the visiting American pop star Gary Lewis, the son of comedian Jerry Lewis. In 1974 she traveled to Tokyo, Japan, with Julian Burgos, as missionaries of the Humanist Movement.

She was a friend of many artists, including painter Lee Aguinaldo and even Vicente Manansala who painted her portrait. She had an artistic streak, which gave her the inspiration to study jewelry design in Florence, Italy. She exhibited her jewelry and paintings in Ayala Museum with fellow artist Tats Manahan.