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Amália Rodrigues

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The unrivaled queen from the Portuguese fado, singer Amália Rodrigues was created in Lisbon’s Alfama district in 1920; among ten kids, she was forgotten by her mom at age one and elevated by her grandmother, spending her formative years offering produce in the roads and working being a seamstress. Contrary to the wants of her family members, as a teenager Rodrigues performed being a tango dancer, with 19 she produced her professional performing debut alongside her sister, Celeste, on the fashionable Lisbon nightspot Retiro da Severa. In just a season she was a superstar, selling out night clubs every evening; in 1944, she journeyed to Brazil, sketching large crowds during her stay on the Copacabana Gambling house and later time for Rio de Janeiro to create her initial recordings. Rodrigues not merely popularized the fado throughout SOUTH USA, she reinvented it — brilliantly fusing the metropolitan and rural varieties of Lisbon and Coimbra, she also searched for material that transferred far beyond the original stories of failed love to explore rather the deepest crises from the spirit and spirit, providing performances unmatched within their fatalistic power and haunting beauty. Because Rodrigues’ supervisor, José de Melo, thought her native supporters would stop participating in her live performances if indeed they could purchase her recordings, she didn’t enter a Portuguese documenting studio room until 1951, issuing a small number of sides in the Melodia label before shifting towards the Valentim de Carvalho imprint the next season. Within the wake of Globe Battle II she started touring beyond SOUTH USA, and scored a global strike in 1956 with “Coimbra,” documented live at Paris’ Olympia Theater. In every, Rodrigues recorded up to 170 albums and also appeared in several feature films, keeping her sketching power even following the reputation of fado itself begun to dissipate through the 1960s. She continuing touring well previous her 70th birthday, getting into retirement just after undergoing medical operation; she spent the ultimate many years of her lifestyle being a recluse, producing her final community appearance on the starting of Lisbon’s Expo in 1998. Rodrigues passed away Oct 6, 1999, at age 79; upon getting information of her transferring, Portuguese Perfect Minister Antonio Guterres purchased three times of nationwide mourning, declaring her “the Tone of voice of Portugal.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Amália Rodrigues
Died October 6, 1999, Lisbon, Portugal
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality Portuguese
Spouse César Seabra, Francisco Da Cruz
Parents Lucinda da Piedade Rebordão, Albertino de Jesus Rodrigues
Siblings Celeste Rodrigues, Maria da Glória Rodrigues, Vicente Rodrigues, Ana Rodrigues, Filipe Rodrigues, António Rodrigues, Maria Odete Rodrigues, José Rodriques
Music Songs Uma Casa Portuguesa, Barco Negro, Foi Deus, Estranha forma de vida, Nem As Paredes Confesso, Gaivota, Cheira a Lisboa, Lisboa antiga, Coimbra, Ai Mouraria, Lisboa nao sejas francesa, Tiro-liro-liro, Tudo Isto é Fado, Que Deus Me Perdoe, Povo que lavas no rio, Vou Dar de beber à Dor, Fado do ciúme, Com Que Voz, Havemos de Ir a Viana, Cansaço, Lágrima, O namorico da Rita, Oiça Lá ó Senhor Vinho, Fado Amália, Malhão, É ou Não É, Lá Vai Lisboa, Não Sei Porque Te Foste Embora, Canção do mar, Aïe, mourir pour toi, Fado Malhoa, La Casa In Via Del Campo
Albums Amália No Olympia, Amália/Vinicius, Vou Dar de beber à Dor, Gostava de ser quem era, Amália Rodrigues: Busto, Lágrima, Cantigas numa Língua Antiga, La reine du fado, Amalia in Italia, Abbey Road 1952, Fados do filme “Sangue Toureiro”, Live, Amália Rodrigues: Sings Fado From Portugal, Flamenco From Spain, Amália Rodrigues à Paris - Les concerts mythiques (Live), En concert à Bobino, 1960 (Live, Mono Version), Amália Rodrigues - Ao Vivo - Café Luso 1955 - Olimpya 1956 - Bobino 19600, Live in Japan, The Best of Fado, O Melhor De Amália, Os Melhores Fados, A Rainha Do Fado, Fado Lisboeta, L'âme du Fado (18 Songs), A Tribute to Amália, Amália Rodrigues canta Portugal, Amália Rodrigues en Español, Maldição, O melhor de Amália: estranha forma de vida (disc 1), For Your Delight, Amália no Café Luso, Amalia Rodigues, Fados Tradicionais (1952-1955), Amália Rodrigues: The Soul Of Fado, Vol. 2, Amália Sings Traditional Fado, Serie Los Inmortales - La Reina Del Fado Canta Fados, Rancheras Y Flamencos, Amália Rodrigues: Paris 1960 (Remastered), Amalia Secreta, O Melhor de Amália, Vol. 2, Amália Rodrigues, Confesso, Folk Songs of Portugal, Amália The Best Fado Songs, Best of Amalia Rodrigues (Mono Version), Perseguição, Amália Rodrigues chante l'amour, Fado Spirit, Amália canta David
Movies Fados, The Art of Amália, Until the End of the World, The Lovers of Lisbon, Black Capes, Amalia Rodrigues: Live in New York City, Amalia Rodrigues: Live in Japan, April in Portugal


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Until the End of the World 1991 Woman in Street Car
Os Deuses Estão Mortos 1971 TV Series Eugénia Castro
A Sapateira Prodigiosa 1968 TV Movie Shoemaker
As Ilhas Encantadas 1965 Hunila
Fado Corrido 1964 Maria do Amparo
Las canciones unidas 1960
O Céu da Minha Rua 1958 TV Movie Isaura
Música de siempre 1958
Sangue Toureiro 1958 Maria da Graça
Les amants du Tage 1955 Amália
Vendaval Maravilhoso 1949 Eugênia Câmara
Fado, História d'uma Cantadeira 1947 Ana Maria
Capas Negras 1947 Maria de Lisboa

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Orphan Black 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La cage dorée 2013 performer: "Uma Casa Portuguesa", "Fadinho da Ti Mariu Benta"
Fantasia Lusitana 2010 Documentary performer: "Fado", "Lisboa Não Sejas Francesa" end theme
Two Lovers 2008 performer: "Estranha Forma de Vida" 1965 / writer: "Estranha Forma de Vida" 1965
Aleph, lectures contades TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Lissabon Wuppertal Lisboa 1998 TV Movie documentary performer: "Formiga Bossa Nova", "Gaivota"
Fado Corrido 1964 performer: "Gaivota", "Madrugada de Alfama", "Estranha Forma de Vida"
Fado - Malhoa 1947 Documentary performer: "O Fado"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lisboa 1979 TV Movie documentary fado singer
Les amants du Tage 1955 fado singer
Sol e Toiros 1949 fado singer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
O Taxi de Escher 2013 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memòries de la tele 2010 TV Series Herself
The Art of Amália 2000 Documentary Herself - Singer
História do Cinema 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Viaggio nei luoghi del sacro 1999 TV Series documentary Herself - Host
Lissabon Wuppertal Lisboa 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself - Fado singer (uncredited)
Gala Nova Gente 97 1998 TV Movie Herself
Vasco Santana: O Bom Português 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Faltam 2 Anos para o Ano 2000 1997 TV Movie Herself
Jet 7 1996 TV Series Herself (1997)
Mundo VIP 1996 TV Series Herself
Noites de Gala 1996 TV Mini-Series Herself (1996)
Noite de Reis 1995 TV Series Herself
Praça da Alegria 1995 TV Series Herself (1996)
Amália - Uma Estranha Forma de Vida 1995 Video documentary Herself
Dias Úteis 1995 TV Series Herself (1996)
Marginalidades 1995 TV Series Herself (1995)
E o Resto é Conversa 1993 TV Series Herself (1993)
Olha Que Dois 1992-1993 TV Series Herself
Prémios Bordalo 1992 1993 TV Movie Herself
Sabor a Lolas 1993 TV Series Herself
Falas tu ou Falo eu 1993 TV Series Herself
Parabéns 1993 TV Series Herself
Queridos Inimigos 1993 TV Series Herself
Silêncio Que Se Vai Contar o Fado 1993 TV Series Herself
Ven al Paralelo 1992 TV Series Herself
Sons do Sol 1992 TV Series Herself (1992)
Amália Rodrigues, Live in NYC 1991 Documentary Herself
Eterno Feminino 1991 TV Series Herself (1991)
Um Solar Alfacinha 1990 TV Series Herself
Regresso ao Passado 1990 TV Series Herself (1990)
Le grand échiquier 1972-1989 TV Series Herself
Cinemagazine 1988 TV Series Herself (1989)
Piano Bar 1988 TV Series Herself
Romance de Uma Musica 1987 Herself
Entrada de Portugal na CEE 1985 TV Movie Herself
Homenagem Duo Ouro Negro 1985 TV Movie Herself
Capitali culturali d'Europa 1983 TV Series documentary Herself
Natal dos Hospitais 1981 1981 TV Movie Herself
Euroshow 1981 1981 TV Movie Herself / Singer
O Passeio dos Alegres 1981 TV Series Herself (1981)
E o Resto São Cantigas 1981 TV Series Herself (1981)
Cantigamente 1976 TV Series Herself
Vitória Bonelli 1972 TV Series Herself
Internationale Starparade 1971 TV Movie Herself - Musician
Gala du Midem 1967 TV Series Herself
Via Macau 1966 Herself
Music for You 1958 TV Series Herself
April in Portugal 1956 Short Herself, Vocalist
Sol e Toiros 1949 Herself - fado singer
Fado - Malhoa 1947 Documentary The Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Com Que Voz 2009 Documentary Herself
Mini-Documentário: O Fado De Coimbra: 2007 Short Herself
Fados 2007 Documentary Herself
Férias de Verão 1998 TV Series Herself (1998)

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