Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cuban actress in a hurry to make her mark

Ikay Romay gives her parrot some lovin'

Her father was an actor and her mother, a make-up artist. It was only natural that Ikay Romay seek out the spotlight.
Her background is fascinating, starting with how she came into the world.
When her mother was pregnant with Ikay, she couldn't make it to the hospital on time. So Ikay was born in a van.
Curiously, the van belonged to the Instituto Cubano de Artes e Industrias Cinematográficas, or ICAIC by its Spanish initials.
Her parents thought it would be fitting to name her ICAIC. Tthey came up with a variation, Ikay, which is a little easier to understand and spell than ICAIC.

An early '90s magazine Q&A with Ikay, who appeared in the movie La Habanera and was part of the famed Tropicana dance troupe.
In the Q&A, the interviewer asked if she was satisfied with Cuba's socialist government. She said she believes Cubans are free because they have dignity and "a sense of independence." And, she said, they have the satisfaction of knowing they haven't surrendered to anyone from another country.
Cuban actor Eric Ikay died when his daughter, Ikay, was just 15.
Ikay's husband is also in the entertainment industry. Here, he has a fashion model in his viewfinder.
The name for ICAIC in English is the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industry. Its founders include Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Noel Nicola and Sara González, among others, Wikipedia says.

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