Marie Rachel Salman Lagdameo is known professionally as Dawn Zulueta. She is a Filipina actress, host and commercial model. Dawn was recognized as the only Filipino actor to win two different major accolades in acting categories in a single year when she won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the 1992 FAMAS Awards. She also appeared in Manila Standard’s Top 10 Filipina actresses of the 1990s list of 1999.
Zulueta was spotted in a Close-Up television commercial in 1986 opposite Tonton Gutierrez. She then started her film career in Nakagapos na Puso (1986) alongside Sharon Cuneta and Lorna Tolentino. She also had roles in television series like Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! (1995–1997) as the lead character’s wife, drama series Davao (1990), and became a regular female co-host on the musical variety show GMA Supershow (1989).
Dawn branched out hosting other musical-variety shows like The Dawn and Jimmy Show (1989) and RSVP (1990). During the early years of her career, she was cast in comedy films like Bondying (1988) starring Jimmy Santos, and Alyas Batman en Robin (1991) with Joey de Leon and Keempee de Leon. Zulueta played the lead opposite Richard Gomez in the romantic drama Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991) playing ill-fated lovers.
Zulueta holds the distinction of winning both the FAMAS Awards for Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress (Una Kang Naging Akin) in 1992, making her the only Filipino actor to ever to win two different major accolades in acting categories in a single year. She also won a Luna Award as Supporting Actress of the Year for the film Una Kang Naging Akin. In 1994, Zulueta received the Box Office Entertainment Award for Box Office Queen for the film The Maggie Dela Riva Story…God Why Me?
In 1993, Zulueta received two Best Actress awards from the Metro Manila Film Festival and FAMAS. In 1994, the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies for Buhay ng Buhay Ko. Further, she has received multiple nominations from the prestigious Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) Gawad Urian.
In 2010, Zulueta took the lead role in a stage musical, A Little Night Music. In 2011, she made a comeback television show, the remake of Mula Sa Puso, in which she plays Magda, who was originally played by Jaclyn Jose.
In 2012, ABS-CBN launched Walang Hanggan which starred Zulueta, Gomez, Coco Martin, and Julia Montes. The show was noted to be a reboot of the Gomez-Zulueta film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit.
Dawn also portrayed the lead character’s older version in the 2014 film, She’s Dating the Gangster where she acted opposite Gomez, along with lead stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. She then played another lead role in the drama The Love Affair in 2015.
Opposite Gomez, Zulueta played Marian Fontanilla in the 2015–2016 soap opera, You’re My Home. The show became her and Gomez’s last collaboration up to date. In 2016, Zulueta worked with Piolo Pascual and Coleen García in Love Me Tomorrow as directed by Gino M. Santos. Zulueta played the character of May Dela Cruz in the 2019 drama Family History.
Dawn Zulueta is married to Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. They have two children namely Jacobo Antonio (born 2005), and Ayisha Madlen (born 2009).
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