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Date of Birth 27 January 1961Quezon City, Philippines
Birth NameGeraldine Schaer Bonnevie

Mini Bio (1)

Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie was born January 27, 1961 to Honesto Bonnevie and Jeannette Schaer. Her grandmother is pre-World War II actress Rosita Rivera. She has two children by comedian Vic Sotto, who are now also interested in acting. She began her schooling in St. Theresa's College, Manila, but finished her elementary and secondary education at St. Agnes' Academy in Legaspi City, where she was very active in drama guilds. In 1980 she enrolled in Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University and, later, the University of the Philippines. Introduced by young actor Alfie Anido to director 'Joey Gosiengfiao, she first appeared in teen dramas Under-age (1980) and Temptation Island (1980), but her launching movie was _Katorse (1984)_ with Anido and Gabby Concepcion. This film established her as one of the "Regal Babies" (named after the studio, Regal Films). She then appeared in a longer slew of teenage love or growing-pains dramas. Bakit ba ganyan (1981) was a film where she herself sang the theme song and popularized it thus.

In 1985 she ventured into dramatic roles, starting with 'Mike de Leon''s Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985). Her other films are A Dangerous Life (1988), with American actor Gary Busey; Orapronobis (1989), Pangarap na ginto (1990), Huwag mong salingin ang sugat ko (1991) and Your Dream Is Mine (1992). In Ang babaeng nawawala sa sarili (1989), Bonnevie sizzled and wowed critics and audiences alike in the role of a possessed woman. She also portrayed real-life characters, such as in Eskapo (1995), as the wife of Geny Lopez; as one of the accused parents in the child-molestation drama, Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995), shot in New York City; as the girlfriend of activist Leopoldo Mabilangan in Ka Hector (1994); and as Governor Chavit Singson's wife in Chavit (2003), opposite Cesar Montano.

Other notable films where Bonnevie showed maturity as an actress of the highest calibre include: Tinik sa dibdib (1985), for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) awarding ceremonies; Magdusa ka! (1986), for which she was given Best Actress awards by FAMAS, FAP and Catholic Mass Media Awards; Gumapang ka sa lusak (1990), directed by Lino Brocka, for which she was nominated by FAMAS and URIAN Awards for Best Actress; and Sa kabila ng lahat (1991), for which she was nominated by FAMAS, FAP and Urian Awards for Best Actress. Other acting nominations are for Kung kasalanan man (1989), FAMAS; A Moment Too Long (1990), FAP; Tanging yaman (2000), which won Best Picture in nearly all the local awards ceremonies and gave her an URIAN Best Supporting Actress nomination; American Adobo (2001), URIAN Best Actress nomination; and Bridal Shower (2004), URIAN Best Actress nomination again. Bonnevie also appeared in bright comedies with her ex-husband, Vic Sotto, in Hindi pa tapos ang labada, darling (1994) and Bakit ba ganyan? (Ewan ko nga ba, Darling) (2000). When they were still married they also appeared together in Ride on Baby (1985) and Mama Said, Papa Said I Love You (1985). Bonnevie also topbilled Tatarin (2001), based on the short story "Summer Solstice" by Nick Joaquin; critics nearly panned the movie but appreciated Bonnevie's nuanced characterization of Lupe Moreta. A dramatic actress who chooses her roles wisely and a loving mother of two, Bonnevie is sorely missed from present-day Filipino movies. Except for her stints on soap operas and for judging a recent TV talent contest (and just recently, appearing unclothed as the cover of FHM Magazine), Bonnevie disappeared from the limelight during 2005 and 2006; she was in the United States for business purposes.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: flamencoguy26

Spouse (2)

Richard Penson (March 1996 - present) (separated)
Vic Sotto (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Mother of Danica Sotto (b. 1982) and Oyo Boy Sotto(b. 1984).
Endorses Pepsi, Fit Fruit & Vegetable Rinse, Century Tuna, Whisper, Finale Shampoo, Reach Toothbrush.
Her first and only album Bakit Ba Ganyan, released in 1981 by Octo Arts International, became Gold Record.
Ex-sister-in-law of Val Sotto and Tito Sotto.
Had a near-death experience and was "ready to go to the White Light" when she heard her daughter, Danica Sotto, calling out her name, asking her to come back.
Her father, Honesto Bonnevie, is half-French and half-Spanish while her mother, Jeannette Schaer, is Swiss.
Made a fad out of colegiala "taglish" (Tagalog-English) one-liners such as "kadiri to death," "kilig to the bones," "yuck, you're so baduy.".
Her 1st runner up winning in Miss Magnolia in 1981 led her to sign up for an exclusive contract by Regal Films. She was introduced in Under-age (1980).
Before she entered showbiz, Dina hardly knew how to speak Tagalog (the native language in the Philippines) because she was not allowed to speak the language at home.
Her grandmother is pre-World War II actress Rosita Rivera.
Her two children with Vic Sotto -- Danica Sotto and Oyo Boy Sotto -- are also engaged in showbiz.
She began her schooling in St. Theresa's College, Manila, but finished her elementary and secondary education at St. Agnes' Academy in Legaspi City. In 1980 she enrolled in Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University and, later, the University of the Philippines.
Active in drama guilds during her high school years.
Introduced by young actor Alfie Anido to director Joey Gosiengfiao who directed her debut movie, Under-age (1980). In her launching movie, she was with Anido.

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