TV pioneer, actress Lolita Rodrigues dies at age 94


Actress Lolita Rodrigues died in the early hours of this Sunday (5), aged 94, in João Pessoa, capital of Paraíba. She was hospitalized to be treated for pneumonia. Lolita, who was an actress, singer and presenter, was also one of the pioneers of Brazilian TV.

Named Sylvia Gonçalves Rodrigues Leite, Lolita adopted her stage name and began her career participating in radio soap operas, soon emerging as a radio singer. She worked on Record, Bandeirantes, Cultura and Tupi radio stations, winning two Roquette Pinto Trophies as Best Singer.

At the inauguration of TV Tupi, in 1950, he sang the anthem specially made for that occasion, the Anthem of Brazilian Television, with lyrics by the poet Guilherme de Almeida. Presented the programs Lunch with the Stars It is Artists’ Clubon TV Tupi in São Paulo.

As an actress, she played the gypsy Esmeralda, her first protagonist, in the soap opera The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She also participated in the first daily soap opera, 2-5499 Busy, forming a romantic triangle with Glória Menezes and Tarcísio Meira. He also worked in The trip, Uga Uga, Kubanacan, total Zorra It is Live life.

Lolita participated in an iconic moment on the Jô Soares program. On April 7, 2000, she occupied the same sofa as her friends Hebe Camargo and Nair Bello.

On social media, celebrities and friends say goodbye and pay tribute to Lolita. Presenter Serginho Groisman posted: “Lolita today joins Nair, Hebe and Jô. Laughter guaranteed in heaven.”

In a post on Instagram, actress Lilia Cabral said that she was 8 years old when she met Lolita. “I never forgot,” she recalled.

“Lolita was a great woman, strong, intelligent, elegant, very talented and beautiful. I will never forget her affection and her look so responsible for TV professionals and her love. My sincere condolences to the family. Lolita, dear, our conversations would make a beautiful chapter. Thank you,” she added.

Presenter Cid Moreira posted a video on his Instagram account: “I say goodbye to the last of the happiest trio I met on TV. My hug to Lolita Rodrigues’ family who will meet her friends Hebe and Nair Bello and together they will have fun in heaven!”

A TV Brasil also paid tribute to the actress. “Today, Brazil says goodbye to one of the pioneering actresses of Brazilian TV. Lolita Rodrigues passed away this morning, 5/11, at the age of 94. The actress, singer and presenter was hospitalized for pneumonia. All our affection to Lolita’s fans, family and friends.”

The article is in Portuguese

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