Amália Rodrigues
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Amália Rodrigues

Portuguese Singer
Female

Amália da Piedade Rodrigues, also known as Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. She was known as the Rainha do Fado ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was one of the most important figures in the genre's development, and enjoyed a 50-year recording and stage career.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1920 Birth Official documents give her date of birth as 23 July, despite the fact that Amália maintained that her birthday was in fact 1 July 1920. … Read More

TEENAGE

1935 14 Years Old Rodrigues started singing as an amateur around 1935.
1939 18 Years Old Her first professional engagement in a fado venue took place in 1939, and she quickly became a regular guest star in stage revues. … Read More
1940 19 Years Old …  In 1940, she married Francisco Cruz, a lathe worker and amateur guitar player from whom she separated in 1943 and whom she divorced in 1946.

TWENTIES

1946 25 Years Old Rodrigues began a career in the movies with a debut in 1946 with 'Capas Negras' followed by her best known movie, 'Fado' (1947). … Read More
1950 29 Years Old In 1950, while performing at the Marshall Plan international benefit shows, she introduced 'April in Portugal' to international audiences, under its original title "Coimbra". … Read More

THIRTIES

1953 32 Years Old She was the first Portuguese artist to appear on American television on ABC in 1953, and later to appear in Hollywood singing at the Mocambo in 1954. … Read More
1954 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Rodrigues became an international name in 1954.
1956 35 Years Old She performed at Olympia for 10 seasons between 1956 and 1992.

FORTIES

1961 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, in Rio de Janeiro, she married César Seabra, a Brazilian engineer; they remained married until his death in 1997.
1962 41 Years Old 1 More Event
She then said she would sing only once in a while, but after a year's absence, she was no longer able to resist the appeal of the music. She returned in 1962 concentrating on recording and performing live at a slower pace.
1964 - 1965 2 More Events
1968 47 Years Old Her 1968 single Vou dar de beber à dor broke all sales records and her 1970 album Com que voz won a number of international awards. … Read More

FIFTIES

1974 53 Years Old During the post-25 April 1974 period she was falsely accused of being a covert agent of the PIDE. … Read More
1977 56 Years Old Her return to the recording studio in 1977 with Cantigas numa Língua Antiga. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1983 62 Years Old Her last all-new studio recording, Lágrima, was released in 1983. … Read More
1985 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Rodrigues returned to the Olympia in Paris in 1985 for a series of concerts.
In 1990 the celebrations of her 50th career anniversary started with a major concert in Lisbon's Coliseu dos Recreios at the age of 69. … Read More
1994 73 Years Old In December 1994 she gave her last concert at the age of 74, within the Lisbon European Capital of Culture concerts and was operated on a lung soon after in 1995. … Read More
1998 77 Years Old In 1998 Rodrigues was paid a national tribute at Lisbon's Universal Exhibition (Expo '98), and in February 1999 was considered one of Portugal's 25 more important personalities of the democratic period.
…  As of 1999, she has sold over 30 million records worldwide. … Read More
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