Beleaguered beautiful Filipina actress Susan Henson died last September 21, 2022, the day the whole nation observed the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by the dictator and late president Ferdinand E. Marcos.
She was 64.
Susan died of cervical cancer in the presence of her showbiz buddies Liz Alindogan, Daria Ramirez and Azenith Briones who have been supportive of her since she became jobless for three decades.
Henson, a sought-after leading lady of most action stars in the 1970s and 1980s was ubiquitous during her lifetime in most entertainment industry functions and social media.
She wanted to make a comeback in the movies and TV but she wasn’t given a chance.
A friend who requested anonymity said Susan was sad and heartbroken after she was not given the chance to act again on the screen.
Despite rejections and frustrations, she still went on socializing and making friends in the biz.
A day after Susan’s death, she was cremated and her ashes were sent off to her final resting place at the Nativity of of our Lord Parish in Cubao, Quezon City.
Most of her kith and kin, including Deborah, Azenith, Daria, Liz, Jessica Pica, Cindy de Leon, Randy Ortiz, Albert Minguez, Sam Calaca, Alice Vergara, Rez Cortez, Dennis de Leon, among others, were around during the final rites on her remains.
According to actress and model Geena Zablan, a friend of Susan, she was supposed to join the occasion through social media but she found it confusing.
“Kasi, ‘yong nag-imbita sa Zoom, hindi naibigay ang link (Because the one who invited through Zoom failed to send the link),” lamented Geena.
Meanwhile, veteran actress Divina Valencia has clarified that the late movie and television star was never from the Salvador clan of Phillip, Maja, Jumbo, Ramon, Jojo, Lou, Jr., Deborah Sun, Alona Alegre, Jon Hernandez.
According to entertainment writer Dave Rojo, Divina was just objective of her facts before the life story of Susan is made into film.
One of the most generous persons who was all-out in helping Susan was her namesake, the late Susan Roces; and Pempe Rodrigo, one of the most gregarious and well-meaning non-showbiz personalities who is part of Balik-Samahan, a group of veteran actors and actresses.