Lina Romay

Maria Elena "Lina" Romay (January 16, 1919 - December 17, 2010) was an American actress and singer. She was born in 1919 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Porfirio Romay, then-attache to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.

Romay performed for a time with Xavier Cugat before eventually retiring. She was featured on Cugat Rumba Revue on NBC radio in the early 1940s. Along with Cugat and his orchestra, she appeared in the films You Were Never Lovelier (1942) and Bathing Beauty (1944) and The Big Wheel, 1949.

Prior to singing with Cugat, she had sung with Horace Heidt's orchestra, billed as Josette, a Frenchwoman.

She was married to John Lawrence Adams, and later was the third wife of Jay Gould III, whom she married on 30 June 1953.

Romay died at age 91 on December 17, 2010 of natural causes at a hospital in Pasadena, California.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 16, 1919 (Brooklyn), Died December 17, 2010 (Pasadena)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-056425 10-in. 10/1/1940 Agua agua! Lina Romay ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 81285 7/17/1951 Be mine tonight Lina Romay vocalist  
Decca 81286 7/17/1951 Chiu chiu Lina Romay vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Romay, Lina," accessed September 22, 2023,

Romay, Lina. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2023, from

"Romay, Lina." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 22 September 2023.

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