Singer Raffaella Cara, the Italian TV personality who has hosted several popular shows that revolutionized Italian television entertainment, passed away on Wednesday in Rome. The news was reported to the Italian news agency ANSA by her ex-partner, director Sergio Gabbino.
Kara, who died of illness at the age of 78, had a successful television career from the 1960s into the 2000s. Born in Bologna as Raffaella Roberta Belloni, she took the name Cara in the mid-1960s, after the influential Italian painter Carlo Cara. His most famous songs as a singer include Rumore, Tanti auguri and Salutala per me. Millions of records were sold throughout Europe.
He directed popular TV shows like Carramba! Che d’Orbrissa, Caramba! Che fortuna or Fantastico 3. He worked for many years at the Italian state television Rai, but in 1987 he was contracted to Mediaset. In the 1990s, he also performed on Spanish television.
Kara has received the Telegatto TV Personality Award 13 times during her career.
His acting career began in 1952 with the film Tormento del passato, and over the next twenty years he appeared in several film productions before defending television. In 1965, he was one of the main characters in The Kidnapped Express Train, which also starred Frank Sinatra.
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