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Rosita Serrano

Rosita Serrano (1914-1997), had a great career as singer and actress in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s; her nickname was The Chilean nightingale. Serrano, daughter of a diplomat and an opera singer, moved to Europe in the 1930s. From 1936 on, she performed at the Berlin Wintergarten, where German composer Peter Kreuder discovered her and procured her a record contract at Telefunken, where songs such as Küss mich, bitte, bitte, küss mich and Der Onkel Jonathan were recorded.

 

From 1938 on, Rosita Serrano performed in vaudeville-like films. She had her breakthrough with Es leuchten die Sterne (1938), after which followed Bel Ami (1939), Die kluge Schwiegermutter (1939), Der vierte kommt nicht (1939), Herzensfreud-Herzensleid (1940), and Anita und der Teufel (1941). She did succesful tours with two dance orchestras and sang on the radio. In 1940 her song La Paloma came out, referred to in Wolfgang Petersen's film Das Boot and in Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits.

 

Her German career halted in 1943 when she was suspected of helping jewish refugees at a Swedish benefit night and was charged with espionage. Serrano did not return to Germany and moved from Sweden back to her homeland Chili. In vain she tried a career in the United States. In 1951, she went back to Germany, the country of her former successes. There she performed in the films Schwarze Augen (1951) and Saison in Salzburg (1952), but after audiences had booed her away at the Berlin Sportpalast Telefunken cancelled her record contract. A try to comeback in 1957 failed and because of her dark past, Serrano died in poverty in Chili.

 

(Source: Wikipedia; www.cyranos.ch)

Foto Quick. Foto-Film-Verlag, A 3521/1.

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