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Lina Romay

Maria Elena "Lina" Romay (January 16, 1919 - December 17, 2010) was a Mexican-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. She appeared in both photoreal and live-action form in the Droopy cartoon "Senor Droopy" (1949).

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).

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

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

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

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


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 July 30, 2021,

Romay, Lina. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from

"Romay, Lina." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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