Maria Menado

Liesbet Dotulong (born 2 February 1932), better known by her stage name Maria Menado, is a Malay actress who had her most notable work in the 1950s and 1960s. In that period she would be referred to as “Malaya’s Most Beautiful” by Times Magazine and the “Best Dressed Woman in South East Asia” by publisher United Press International.[1] She also sang and went on to direct films.[2]

She was born in Manado,[3] and is a convert to Islam.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1951 Penghidupan
1957 Pontianak
1958 Matahari Matahari
Selendang Delima
Dendam Pontianak
1960 Singapore Maria Indian-Hindi movie
1961 Siti Zubaidah Siti Zubaidah Also producer
Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang Wan Anum
1962 Tun Fatimah Tun Fatimah
1963 Darahku Producer
Raja Bersiong Chomel
Bunga Tanjung Producer
Pontianak Kembali Producer


  1. ^ The Star Online
  2. ^ Dr. Rilly Ray Rajkumar (4 September 2014). From Fear To Freedom. Dorrance Publishing. pp. 97–99. ISBN 978-1-4809-1094-2.
  3. ^ Utusan Malaysia, 2007 (Malaysian)

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