Monday, August 20, 2012

Bright and Gone: Belinda Bright

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There will come a time when an actress would want to prove to everyone in the showbiz industry that she is more than just a pretty face and a sexy body, that she has brains as well. But sometimes it can backfire, and you will just look like someone who tried too hard.

Belinda Bright can be categorized as someone like that. She was a bold star who came late in the game, when piracy was abundant and SM Malls were ditching showing bold films for a family-friendly image. Nonetheless she made an impact in showbiz and in the minds of men.

As usual, I got to researching on her on the ‘net and her numerous pictorials on FHM. One good thing about Belinda Bright is that there is no shortage of racy pictures of her, not like my previous research Lolita De Leon and Ilonah Marquez.  You can find different sets of pictures on the ‘net and she has appeared on FHM a couple of times, including the special releases (Girls of FHM Vol.4). There was even one pictorial from a small-time men's magazine where she only wore a red underwear, a Santa cap and a holiday-themed nipple tape. It was rather very sensual.
Born Marianne Decima, she was part of a varsity swimming team in her High school and studied in College of St. Benilde and reportedly got spotted by a talent scout in her school (as to what particular school, nothing was disclosed) She got kicked in her college when she starred in her debut film “Ang Kapitbahay”(with Albert Martinez, Joel Torre and Michelle Estevez)  in 2003. It was then followed by “Ssshhh…She Walks by Night”( with Jay Manalo, Pink Amador and Ricky Davao) , also made in 2003. It was supposed to be followed by another movie aptly called “Gulaman” but never got materialized.

She lied low for 3 years then came back with no manager in tow. They had an argument and resulted in her supervising herself. She called her management back asking for a spot. They obliged and signed her up for a five-year deal. She had numerous TV guestings and road shows in and out of the country and spots but no TV roles given to her.

She had a lot of fans but she also had some detractors as well. She looks very statuesque and had a very dazzling skin tone (probably why she had a screen name like that, although there is no article to prove it) but many people say in a forum that she looks dumb and it was further proven by her being interviewed on local showbiz talk show The Buzz when she mispronounced noir. She said “film mwah” where it was supposed to be “film nwar”. And there is another statement where she said she had no “quangs” showing her body. It was supposed to be qualms. There was even one comment where she was a trying-hard and pouted her lips too much in her pictorials. I guess she is trying too hard to be a next evolution of a bold star that people see too many imperfections on her. 

After her re-appearance she was always on the “100 Sexiest” list on FHM Philippines from 2003-2006 and 2008 and was gone again. One very interesting news about her whereabouts is that when I read a thread on an FHM Philippines forum and a member said she tried to apply as a flight attendant in Qatar Airways but was fired 2 months after her training when they found out she was a bold star before. There was a picture to prove it taken from a but it was already discontinued. I studied the photo to see if it is real, and it does look authentic. Plus it looks like someone what the real Belinda Bright would do. After that I wasn’t able to find any new news on her.
her last appearance 
It seemed a rather cruel fate when someone wanted a fresh start but one needs to be prepared for the consequences one made in the past. 

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