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The iconic Italian singer, actress and presenter Raffaella Carrà has died this Monday at the age of 78.
“Raffaella has left us. He has gone to a better world, where his humanity, his unmistakable laugh and his extraordinary talent will remain forever,” Sergio Japino, who was his partner for many years, wrote in a statement.
Carrà, who enjoyed great popularity in Latin America and Spain In the ’70s and’ 80s, I had been battling illness for a while.
“For some time, the disease attacked her body, so tiny but so full of overflowing energy,” wrote Japino, who highlighted “her unstoppable strength, which imposed her at the top of the world star system, and an iron will that never he abandoned her to the end, making sure none of her deep suffering leaked out. ”
Throughout her career, Carrà, who had no children, became known for popular songs such as “We must come to the south”, Party “, Hot, hot” O“In love everything is beginning “, as well as for his charismatic presence in Italian and Spanish television programs.
“You were, you are, you will always be the queen. For me, for the whole world,” wrote Italian singer Laura Pausini after learning of his death.
The Italian soccer club Juventus, the great favorite of Carrà, also said goodbye to its loyal fan: “Ciao, Raffaella”.
A versatile artist
Born as Raffaella María Roberta Pelloni on June 18, 1943 in the Italian city of Bologna, she had her first participation in the cinema playing little Graziella in “Torment of the past” (1952).
By then she had moved to Rome, where she received classes in classical dance at the Centro Experimental de Cinematografía.
From that moment he participated in more than 80 film and television productions.
With his charisma on stage, he appeared on multiple music and comedy shows on Italian television, where he gradually became very popular.
In the 1960s he traveled to Spain, where he filmed films such as “The Knight of the Red Rose” and “Command of Hell”.
He also began recording songs in Spanish, with catchy and spicy lyrics that made her a whole myth in the Spanish society, what was it very conservative at that time.
She was considered a muse of freedom among the LGBTI community, applauded for songs like “Lucas”. She even received the World Pride Award in 2017, when she was voted “Global Gay Icon”.
In 1985 she was awarded the Spanish Civil Merit Medal.
He achieved fame in Spain and Latin America as of 1976 after recording four programs for Televisión Española entitled “La hora de …”.
His interview and quiz show “Hola Raffaella”, on Spanish Television, also one of the most popular of the 90s. Later he followed the success in “At 8 with Raffaella” and “At home with Raffaella”.
Her popularity led her to tour several Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Chile and Mexico, where many of his songs were already hits.
In Argentina she was the host of the program “Raffaella Carrà hoy” in 2005.
The last program he presented was the Gala of the 60 years of TVE in Spain in 2016.
In music, Carrà recorded about 30 discs, 18 of them in Spain where he released the best sellers: “Male” (1976), “Fiesta” (1977), “Hay que ven al sur” (1978), “Canta sus grandes successes” (1978), “Canta in Spanish “(1979),” Latino “(1980) and” Raffaella “(1988).
The last album was a compilation of Christmas songs entitled “Ogni volta che è Natale” released in 2018.
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