Nurnaningsih is an Indonesian actress. She’s been described as Indonesia’s first female sex symbol. She rose to stardom in the early ’30s with her first big role as a romantic lead in a motion picture. Her name is frequently spelled as Nurnaningsih but it’s more commonly known as Nurnamining, Nurni, Nurning, or Nurning.
Like many other Indonesian actresses, Nurnaningsih became a well-known figure in the entertainment industry after her early days in the cinema. She had such a successful and varied career that many assumed she had achieved a total career success by the time of her death from natural causes at the age of 33. Nurnaningsih biographer Tony Pontikar was among those who thought she had achieved such success. Nurnaningsih had always remained open about the many roles she had played throughout her career.
The late Dr. Mahathir Mohan Kumar, one of the most successful leaders of the Parti Kuteerah, spoke about Nurnaningsih at length in his book titled “Singapore: The Making of an Asian Image.” In this book, he wrote about how Nurnaningsih epitomized the ideal of beauty for an Indonesian woman. He further added that she epitomized the Indonesian culture since times of old. According to him, the first sex bomb of Indonesian cinema was Nurnaningsih.
|Net Worth||$8 Million|
|Date Of Birth||1925-12-05|
Nurnaningsih was born in Singapore, the son of an East Indian father and a Chinese mother who had emigrated to work in Malaysia during the time of World War II. Her birth was on August 14, 1947, and she was given the name Nurnaningsih Norialih. Her first role in any film that I know of is “seribu janji” or “the first sex bomb of Indonesian cinema.” I remember seeing this movie when it was first released in Indonesia and I must say that the portrayal of Nurnaningsih is a far cry from the xenophobia that we see in most films aimed at the Indonesian audience.
“The First Sex Bomb of Indonesian Cinema” is a high point of Nurnaningsih’s career and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has yet to see her movies. However, it is interesting to note that her life and times were compared in some ways by Hokey Embe (of “Daboikot Di Indonesia”) in her book “Singlish in Bali,” as she experienced the same kinds of pressures and fears that the characters in that book experienced. Hokey also experienced the death of a loved one. It is interesting that we are not only able to observe the intricacies and beauty of Nurnaningsih’s character, but we also get to be with her as well.
My favorite Nurnaningsih lahir di Surabaya is “Sati Baba Sehavan,” or “borsa baba satori.” This is the story of a young woman who marries an aging alcoholic captain in her village and becomes his wife. He tries to force her into sex and once she refuses, he threatens to have her killed. Nurnaningsih Surabaya decides to defend herself and she is able to get herself free from her husband. I would definitely recommend this movie to people who like historical romance as well as anyone who likes a female protagonist and those who enjoy watching a funny scene come to life on the screen.