Amália Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues

Portuguese Singer

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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1920 Birth Despite official documents which give her date of birth as July 23, Amália always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. … Read More


1935 14 Years Old Amália started singing as an amateur as early as 1935. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old After a few years of amateur performances, Amália's 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.


1946 25 Years Old At the same time Amália began an interesting career in the movies: her box office power was a major asset, and she debuted in the movies in 1946 with 'Capas Negras', followed by a major success, which is still Amália's most 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


1953 32 Years Old Her success wherever she went paved the way for further appearances abroad: she was the first Portuguese artist to ever appear on American television on ABC in 1953, and later to appear in Hollywood singing at the Mocambo, among others, in 1954. … Read More
She refused a proposal to appear in the movies in 1954, partly because of her shy nature and partly because allegedly she missed home.
1956 35 Years Old She would perform at the prestigious Olympia for 10 seasons between 1956 and 1992, a feat almost unequaled by any other artist. … Read More


1961 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Amália had been briefly married (1940–43) to a guitarist, whom she would later divorce, and fell in love with the son of a Portuguese immigrant in Brazil, an engineer, César Seabra (1922–1997) and they married in 1961. … Read More
1962 41 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned in 1962 with a richer voice, concentrating on recording and performing live at a slower pace.
1964 43 Years Old Amália did not shy away from controversy: her performance in Carlos Vilardebó’s 1964 arthouse film The Enchanted Islands was better received than the film, based on a short story by Herman Melville, and her 1965 recording of poems by 16th century poet Luís de Camões generated acres of newspaper polemics. … Read More
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


1974 53 Years Old …  During the frenetic post-April 25, 1974 period she was falsely accused of being a covert agent of the PIDE, causing some trauma to her public life and career. … Read More
1977 56 Years Old Her return to the recording studio in 1977 with Cantigas numa Língua Antiga was received as a triumph. … Read More


1983 62 Years Old Her last all-new studio recording, Lágrima, was released in 1983. … Read More
1984 63 Years Old In fact, increasingly away from the stage on a regular basis, Amália found herself ill again in 1984, and went to New York in order to attempt suicide, but she couldn't go through with it and instead sought and got medical care. … Read More
1985 64 Years Old 1 More Event
She then returned to the Olympia in Paris in 1985, for a series of concerts, and again from Paris she retook the world. … Read More
In her home country she was an icon and a symbol of Portugal. In 1990 the celebrations of her 50th career anniversary started with a major concert in Lisbon's Coliseu dos Recreios, appearing at the age of 69, to an overwhelmed public.
1994 73 Years Old However, new health problems and difficulties took their toll: in December 1994 she gave her last concert, within the Lisbon European Capital of Culture concerts: she was 74, and was operated on a lung soon after in 1995. … Read More
1998 77 Years Old In 1998 Amália 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.
Soon after she recorded what would become her last interview for television and the Cinématheque in Paris paid her a tribute in April 1999, with a showing of some of her movies.
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