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Subject: Actress & Singer Dora Luz

Dies at 100
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Date Posted: Friday, August 03, 01:02:22pm

Dora Luz, from Have You Been to Bahia? (1944), dies at age 100

Cinematographic Memories
July 27, 2018

She died on July 12, the Mexican singer Dora Luz, who appeared in the animated classic Você Já Foi à Bahia? (The Three Gentlemen, 1944), of the Disney Studios. The film, which mixed real actors with cartoons, was also famous for the participation of the Brazilian Aurora Miranda (sister of Carmen Miranda) in the cast.

Dora Luz was born on May 27, 1918, in Chihuaua, Mexico, and was a popular Mexican radio singer in the 30s and 40s, having recorded many albums, usually boleros. Her greatest hits on record were the songs Falsa , and Prisionero del Mar, recorded by RCA Victor label.

After touring nightclubs in Mexico, she began a tour of the United States, where she received the nickname " Mexico's Glamorous Sweetheart of Song ". In the United States, he sang at important nightclubs, hotels and restaurants.

In 1944 Walt Disney released an animated feature called " Have You Been To Bahia?" (The Three Caballeros, 1944), which portrayed the countries of Latin America. It was the time of World War II, and Hollywood appealed to Latinos to have as allies during the war, and many films were made against the background of Latin American countries.

Have you been to Bahia? was one of them. The film featured the Donald Duck traveling through countries such as Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and was hosted by the Mexican characters Panchito and the Brazilian Zé Carioca, and mixed scenes of animation with real actors, a revolutionary technique for the time.

Disney wanted Carmen Miranda as the Brazilian representative in the play, but FOX did not release the actress from her contract. He then chose to use his sister, Aurora Miranda, also a singer and actress, who was spending a season in the United States.

From Mexico, he chose two artists, Carmen Molina (a folkloric dance dancer) and singer Dora Luz. Dora appeared singing You Belong to My Hart, an English version of Agustín Lara's Only in Time .

She would still work with Disney when recording the song for Destino , a project initiated by the producer in 1945, which would feature drawings by artist Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter would do the drawings, and the animation would be included in the long Music, Maestro! (Make Mine Music, 1946), but after some tests, the project was abandoned. However, in 2003 Roy Disney, Walt's nephew, finalized the project, launching Destino, 57 years after his original idea. Roy took advantage of the few drawings made by Dalí and the song of Armando Dominguez (which has the same name of the drawing) recorded by Dora at the time.

Dora Luz was married to Cuban singer and actor Sergio de Karlo, who starred with Carmen Miranda on Broadway, and made some Hollywood movies. It was he who introduced the song Monalisa in the United States.

She also starred in Su Grand Ilusion (1945), a musical made in her home country.

In the late 1940s she moved away from artistic life. Dora Luz passed away on July 12, 2018, at the age of 100.


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