Elvira Pagã

6 Sep 1920
8 May 2003
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Elvira Olivieri Cozzolino, better known by her stage name Elvira Pagã (1920–2003), was a Brazilian vedette and actress, singer, writer and painter. She was the first Rio Carnival Queen, the first woman to wear a bikini in public, and one of the first women to have cosmetic surgery in Brazil. Talented and controversial, she broke the status-quo and faced the reigning “machismo” with fearless audacity during the Brazilian military dictatorship and the revolutionary 1960s, where she lived with determination and courage. Pagã retired from public life, wrote and painted in her later years, dying a recluse.

Filmography

  • Alô Alô Carnaval (1936)
  • Cidade-Mulher (1936)
  • O Bobo do Rei (1936)
  • Tres anclados en París (1938)
  • Favela (1939)
  • Laranja-da-China (1940)
  • Vegas Nights (1948)
  • Carnaval no Fogo (1949)
  • Dominó Negro (1949)
  • Écharpe de Seda (1950)
  • Aviso aos Navegantes (1950)
  • Assim Era a Atlântida (1975)

Books

  • Vida e Morte
  • Revelações
  • Eu, Elvira Paga (1965)
  • Adao e Eva (1982)
  • Eu e Cristo (1984)
  • Eu e os mundos (1985)
  • Songs
  • A rainha da mata (with Antônio Valentim)
  • Batuca daqui, batuca de lá (with Antônio Valentim)
  • Cassetete, não!
  • Condenada
  • Marreta o bombo
  • Reticências
  • Saudade que vive em mim (with Antônio Valentim)
  • Sou feliz (with M. Zamorano)
  • Vamos pescar (with Antônio Valentim)
  • Vela acesa (with Antônio Valentim and Orlando Gazzaneo)
  • Viva los toros (with Orlando Gazzaneo)

In the late 1950s, after numerous arrests, stalkings, attacks both physical and from the media, she decided to retire and write a few books, including “Revelações” and “Vida e Morte”. She also began painting, and held a showing of twenty of her oil paintings. She died a recluse on 8 May 2003, but the press did not learn of her passing until August of that year.

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