Family : Former wife of actor Christopher De Leon with whom she had a son Ian De leon
and three adopted children namely Lotlot, Matet, and Kiko.
Showbiz Career : She was a "poor little girl from Iriga City selling water in a train station" before she became an adored superstar by her legions of fans.
Her rise to fame started when she joined and won as Grand Champion in the Tawag Ng Tanghalan in 1967. Since then, she appeared in more than 170 movies and
recorded 500 songs in over more than 40 albums. Her television show Superstar is one of the longest running in the history of Philippine television.
As an actress, she has garnered numerous awards from every credible award giving body in the country. In addition, she can count a number of international awards for her
critically acclaimed movies.
2004 - Naglalayag - screened at the Brussels Festival of Independent Films in Belgium; Nora won Best Actress
1997 - Bakit May Kahapon Pa? - official entry to the East Asia Film and Television Award in Malaysia; Nora won Best Actress
1995 - The Flor Contemplacion Story - official entry to the Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt; Nora won Best Actress
1983 - Himala - bagged 1983's Bronze Hugo Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival; nominee to the Berlin Film Festival in Germany;
In 2008, lone Filipino film chosen by CNN as one of the ten best Asian films of all time.
1981 - Bona - won a Certificate of honor at the Cannes film Festival in France
1978 - Ikaw Ay Akin - her movie with arch-rival Vilma Santos best remembered for the long no-talk shot of the two actresses.
1976 - Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo - the movie where Nora uttered her iconic line 'My brother is not a pig'. This has become one of the most famous quotes in the local movie industry.
1976 - Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos - gives Nora her first major award, the Gawad Urian for best actress
1969 - D’ Musical Teenage Idols, her first movie with a title role opposite Tirso Cruz III
1969 - Young Girl, her first movie with perennial movie partner Tirso Cruz III which will soon be known as 'Guy and Pip'