When someone mentions ‘the living doll of the ’60s, the name Jean Lopez immediately springs to mind.
After a netizen, Puring Valdez Parriño Santiago, shared a photo of the celebrity couple Jean Lopez and Romano Castellvi on the Facebook page Nostalgia Philippines, memories from the ’60s started pouring.
The post goes, “Couple Jean Lopez and Romano Castelvi in their senior years.”
How to forget the lovely actress and singer who was described as ‘doll-like’ by moviegoers and fans?
Fans are delighted to know that the couple are still together. “Glad to know that they are still together!”
But to clarify, the couple in the photo shared are actually not Jean Lopez and Romano Castellvi, according to a niece Gual Myenav, who shared that “I am Romano (Billy) and Jean’s (Bobbie) niece.”
“Both my uncle and aunt ARE BOTH VERY ALIVE AS OF TODAY’S DATE (AUGUST 23, 2022).
In fact, my Uncle Billy and Aunt Bobbie celebrated their birthdays this month of August.
They remain faithful and love one another. They live in Canada… Enjoying their two daughters, son-in-law and one very handsome grandson.”
Jean Lopez was one of the favorite leading ladies of Sampaguita Pictures together with the iconic Susan Roces who became a close friend back then.
She was first seen in a Coca Cola commercial and then Newtex before she was offered to give showbiz a try in 1960.
She was also a singer who made a number of singles, and perhaps her most popular single was “Downtown” with ‘The Celtics.’
Jean made a lot of movies but she stepped out of the industry despite being so popular and settled abroad.
As per a post of the FB page ‘They Did It Before We Did It‘ — “HER BEAUTY OUTLASTED HER FILM CAREER
JEAN LOPEZ certainly occupies as sure a place in the pantheon of the most beautiful actresses of Philippine cinema, but her delicate doll-like beauty was seen on the silver screen for just a short period of time when her film career ended as soon as the swinging Sixties came to an end.”
“The good news is she took home the Philippine’s answer to James Bond no other than Romano Castellvi when she marries him and migrated to Canada in the 70s,” the post further shared.
Yes, the classic actress – Barbara Jean Hammond in real life – got married to Romano Castellvi at the peak of their career. They are in their early 80s now and reportedly living in Canada.
Castellvi was one of several actors built up as a Pinoy James Bond in the 60’s; fast with the gun and irresistible to se
xy belles. (Well, Jean was unable to resist!)
They had movies together; among them was the 1967 movie, I’ll See You in September, the title taken from the hit song, “When Summer is Gone.”
The couple appeared in three other movies— Together Again (1967) with Dolphy and Nida Blanca, Let’s Hang On (1967) with Helen Gamboa and Eddie Mesa and Ayos Na, Darling (1968); poster photos of which may be viewed at Video48 Blogspot.
A Facebook page under the name Romano Castellvi shared an album of their wedding.
Watch the compilation video shared by Notable Bio via YouTube to see more of their past movies. However, do take note that in the comments section, one of their daughters, Barbi Castellvi, clarified that some items have to be corrected:
“Jean Lopez is my mother. Before she worked in Airport security checking passports she worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for 30 years as a secretary then became the secretary to some big executive. She had a career in banking. Airport security was just a part time job she had after she retired from the bank.
“Furthermore Jean Lopez quit making movies because during the 70’s she was asked to do nu
de scenes and many actors were doing it. My mom is a devout Christian and refused to take her clothes off on camera. I’m so happy she didn’t give in to the dis gusting film industry that pretty well forced her out of making movies by giving her an ultimatum like that. She has too much respect for herself and her family.”
Wow! That was a revelation! More reasons to admire you, Ms. Jean! We were your fans back then; moreso now.