‘The Legend of Tessie Agana’ chronicles journey from child stardom in the Philippines to retirement in Cave Creek – CITY SunTimes

Once considered the Shirley Temple of the Philippines and starring in films along side her mother Consuelo Agana (stage name Linda Estrella), Tessie Agana now lives a quiet life in Cave Creek, Arizona.

The two we an iconic mother/daughter film star duo of the 1950s, starring in 40 films collectively and winning the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.

Agana’s daughter Mylene Richardson chronicles the life stories of this other daughter duo in her recently release book “The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother.”

The book chronicles the life stories of two separate yet inextricably connected film careers and the personal choices behind them. As the author learns more about her famous mother, she experiences her own voyage of self-discovery which provides insight into her life.

Mylene connects with her mom who today lives in Cave Creek with dementia. Mylene listens to her mother’s stories of yesteryear, and their candid discussions, described in the book, break barriers between mother and daughter. (Read more)

By Drew Russell
October 1, 2023

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Mylene Richardson

Mylene Richardson

Mylene Agana Jao Richardson was born in Manila, Philippines, and is the sixth of nine children (six boys and three girls) from Tessie Agana Jao and Dr. Rodolfo Jao. Although she grew up in Indiana, her trips back to the Philippines are her most memorable family vacations. Mylene currently lives in Arizona, with her husband Andy, and their two sons, Chapman and Harris.


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