Another loss devastates Brazilian TV fans in 2023: Lolita Rodrigues died in the early hours of this Sunday (05), aged 94. The information was revealed by G1 and confirmed by the daughter of the legendary artist, Sílvia Rodrigues. The actress died due to pneumonia.
According to information from G1, Lolita died around 4:30 am at Hospital Nossa Senhora das Neves, in João Pessoa, where she was hospitalized. Away from television for 13 years, the actress lived in the capital of Paraíba as a recluse with her daughter. The wake and cremation will take place this Sunday (05), in a ceremony restricted to friends and family only.
THE LIFE AND CAREER OF LOLITA RODRIGUES
Lolita is the daughter of Spanish immigrants and was born in Santos, São Paulo, in March 1929. She began her artistic career at just 10 years old, in radio soap operas. In the following decades, she became a singer and won the coveted “Best Singer” award at the Roquette Pinto Trophies twice.
On September 18, 1950, Lolita made history when she participated in the first Brazilian TV broadcast, where she sang the “Hino da Televisão Brasileira”. On that occasion, she replaced Hebe Camargo, with whom she was best friends until the presenter’s death in 2012. Friendship, by the way, generated the historic interview with “Programa do Jô”, in 2000. Nair Bello, also already deceased, completed the inseparable trio.
Lolita became an actress in 1957, when she played the protagonist in the soap opera “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, on TV Tupi. She spent more than 50 years as a soap opera actress and had several successful serials on her CV, such as “Sassaricando”, “Rainha da Sucata” and “Pé Na Jaca”. Her last appearance was in “Viver a Vida”, shown between 2009 and 2010.