Monday, January 16, 2012

Discovering Violetta Villas

Have you ever heard of Violetta Villas? I hadn't until the other day, when my friend Robb forwarded me the following clip of her singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (or as she says "My Heart Belongs to Dead-dy".)

Villas, who died just month at the age of 73, was born in Belgium, and made a name for herself as a cabaret singer, actress and songwriter. She starred at the Casino de Paris in Las Vegas in the late 1960s, performing in as many as nine language (take that, Meryl Streep!). She also acted in several films, including the musical "Paint Your Wagon".  Her life was filled with highs (performing duets with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Charles Aznavour, etc.) as well as extreme lows (alcoholism, morphine addiction, as well as what's termed a "delusional disorder").

Enjoy this clip of Violetta - be sure to take in her crazy mane of hair, the stilted choreography, and her back-up singers who who just can't seem to stay on the beat.

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